Starvation deaths: notice to Centre, Delhi govt.

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has sought response from the Centre and the Delhi government on a plea seeking directions to them to address issues related to starvation deaths, especially of children, in the capital.A Bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V.K. Rao sought the stand of Ministry of Home Affairs and the Delhi government on the issue raised in the petition which claims malnutrition and deaths due to starvation were more prevalent among slum dwellers as many of them do not have ration cards to access subsidised foodgrain.The Bench also directed that the Delhi government’s departments of Health and Family Welfare, Social Welfare as well as Women and Child Development be also made parties to the case.It has listed the case for further hearing on February 15, 2019.Address proofThe order came on the petition claiming that often the poor families living in slums do not have ration cards due to lack of address proof. It contended that it should not be a ground for denial of subsidised food to them.“Making food security conditional (to be given only to a ration card holder) is a violation of the fundamental right to life under the Constitution,” the petition said.The plea was initially moved in the Supreme Court, which on September 7 asked the petitioner to first approach the Delhi High Court.last_img

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