The Supreme Court criticized certain states for not implementing National Food Security Act, said “Why states like Gujarat and others not implementing the law passed by Parliament.”
“What is Parliament doing? Is Gujarat not a part of India? The Act says it extends to whole of India and Gujarat is not implementing it. Tomorrow somebody can say that it is not going to implement the CrPC, IPC and the Evidence Act,” Said by the bench of Justice Madan B Lokur.
“You want to break away from India. Law was passed by Parliament but the state is not implementing the law.”
In total there are 9 states and 2 Union territories which have so far not applied the social welfare legislation, but Gujarat had to face the anger of the court as the Centre did not put the name of other states.
Gujarat’s advocate Hemantika Wahai, told the bench that, the state is in final stage of applying the law.
SC also asked the Centre to collect the information from all 9 states on the position of welfare schemes like MGNREGA, National Food Security and mid-day meal. Court asked the centre to filed the reports by February 10
The court on 18 January had asked the Centre to give information about execution of schemes under MGNREGA, Food Security Act and the mid-day meal schemes to check whether states are providing the essential employment and food or not.
The PIL, was filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan, had putted allegation that the Centre and states ” highly negligent in following their obligations, causing huge harm to the lives of the people due to their no action, which is in breaking of the human rights guaranteed under Articles 21 and 14 of the Constitution of India”.