Right to Food: ‘Gujarat violating SC order’

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The government had in November 2010 told the HC that handing over the programme to these groups at a go would "jeopardise" the food facility, and later said in court that they would hand over completely to the women's groups by the first quarter of 2012.

Although meetings have been held on how the decentralisation should be done, the SC commissioners' report shows the government continues to employ the contractors.

In May 2001, the People's Union for Civil Liberties had filed a writ petition in the SC demanding the Right to Food be made a fundamental right under the provisions of the Right to Life. The Government of India, the Food Corporation of India and several state governments were marked as respondents.

In subsequent hearings in 2002, the SC passed two interim orders under which the SC Commissioners were appointed, and bestowed the powers to monitor and report to the SC steps taken by governments to implement court orders, and to conduct enquires.

Supreme court orders

In subsequent hearings in 2002, the SC passed two interim orders under which the SC Commissioners were appointed, and bestowed the powers to monitor and report to the SC steps taken by governments to implement court orders, and to conduct enquires.

Interestingly, both the SC and the Gujarat High Court had directed Gujarat at least four times to do away with these contractors and entrust the preparation of such food to local women's groups

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