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3 drought-hit states get extra foodgrains on SC directive


New Delhi

Drought-hit western state of Maharasthra, southern state of Karnataka and central state of Madhya Pradesh have been provided extra foodgrains for distribution to even non-ration card holders as directed by the Supreme Court (SC), the Centre on Saturday said and asked others to place their requirements, if any.

In a judgment pronounced last week in a petition filed by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Swaraj Abhiyan, the SC had asked the Centre to cover all the people under the national food security system, appoint state food commissioners and district grievance redressal officers in drought-hit states.

"The SC has said that all the people should be covered under the food security system of Public Distribution System (PDS) in drought-affected states. It is saying to cover the rest of the population. You have to think about it," Food Secretary Vrinda Sarup said, addressing the state food ministers meet on price rise here.

Three drought-hit states -- Maharasthra, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh -- have asked for additional allocation of foodgrains for this purpose, she said.

"We have given it to them. Other states may like to look at this issue," she added.

The Secretary further said that the apex court has also directed appointment of state food commissioners for effective implementation of the food law.

"Some states have done it. The SC will expect that drought-hit states provide affidavit in this regard in the next hearing in August," she said.

She also asked the drought-hit states to appoint district grievance redressal officers as per the National Food Security Act."Some of you have already done this. Please go and look at it again as they (SC) said, this should be as per the Act."


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