The Supreme Court has asked the central government to consider making a model scheme for community kitchens. An application has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to formulate a community kitchen policy to prevent starvation. A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana of the Supreme Court has asked the central government to consider a model scheme for setting up community kitchens across the country and the states to get additional food grains. The Supreme Court made it clear that it was a logistic issue, the Supreme Court adjourned the hearing for two weeks and asked the states to give an affidavit to the court about the data related to hunger and malnutrition. The Supreme Court has also asked the states to give their suggestions regarding the scheme to the Centre. A bench headed by the Chief Justice said that we are not going to formulate the scheme today or issue directions for it, but the Center should present the latest data that what is the condition of hunger etc. in the country because the available data is old. The Chief Justice said that many states have said that they are ready for the scheme provided the Center provides funds. While community kitchen scheme is applicable in many states, many states are unable to implement it due to lack of funds. The bench said that we are not saying that the Center is not funding or helping those who are in need, but we are asking you to make a model scheme. Why are you not thinking on the model scheme. The petitioner argued that the court should constitute an expert committee so that the scheme could be formulated. During the last hearing, the Supreme Court had asked the central government to talk to the states in this matter and come up with a scheme. The Supreme Court had asked the governments of UP, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Bihar to file their replies in the matter. Most of the people die of hunger in these states. The Supreme Court has asked the Center to talk to the states about community kitchens and come up with the scheme. The Supreme Court had agreed to hear urgently a plea seeking a plan for all states to set up community kitchens to tackle malnutrition and starvation.
[Attribution to NBT]