SC seeks report from Centre on plea for assist to poor pregnant, lactating girls

New Delhi, July 14

The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a report from the Centre on a plea of an NGO in search of standing of a 2013 statutory scheme which supplied for distribution of maternity advantages of Rs 6,000 to all pregnant girls and lactating moms within the nation. 

One of the provisions of the National Food Security Act, which got here into impact from July 5, 2013, stated that the poor pregnant and lactating girls should be given financial assist of minimal Rs 6,000 per thirty days. 

A Bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices R Subhash Reddy and A S Bopanna was listening to the PIL filed by NGO ‘Peoples Union For Civil Liberties’ (PUCL). 

It additionally issued discover on one of many prayers of the PIL regarding financial assist to lactating and pregnant girls because it was not taken observe of in 2015. 

“Issue notice in respect of prayer (j) of the instant writ petition which reads as under: ‘For an order directing all States and UTs to pay the maternity benefit of not less than Rs.6,000 to all pregnant women and lactating mothers with effect from July 5, 2013 in accordance with Section 4(b) of the National Food Security Act’,” the Bench stated within the order.                         

In a listening to carried out by way of video conferencing, it requested Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to file the standing report giving particulars of the steps taken in serving to the poor lactating and pregnant girls within the nation. 

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, showing for the NGO, stated {that a} standing report be sought from the federal government on the steps taken to increase monetary assist to such girls within the occasion of cessation of the lockdown. 

Pregnant girls obtain incentive given below the “Janani Suraksha Yojana” (JSY) for institutionalised supply and the inducement acquired below JSY could be accounted in direction of maternity advantages. 

Gonsalves stated the difficulty was crucial in view of the truth that there was a really excessive mortality charge of kids and ladies right here. 

Earlier, the highest court docket, on September 4, 2015, had sought the response from the Centre on a plea in search of distribution of subsidised meals grains to the poor by way of PDS and correct implementation of maternity profit schemes.

It had issued notices to Union Ministries of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Women and Child Development on the PIL. 

The plea had sought a path to all states and Union territories for correct implementation of the National Food Security Act and the maternity profit scheme. 

The petition had claimed that even after lapse of statutory time-limit, technique of identification of beneficiaries is just not full and the National Food Security Act is just not being absolutely carried out. 

“As many 45.9 crore beneficiaries entitled to subsidised grains at Rs 3, Rs 2 and Rs 1 for rice, wheat and coarse grains respectively, from July 4, 2014 under provisions of the Act, are not receiving grains at the specified prices due to delay in implementation of the Act,” it had stated. 

It stated that “meal provision under the Integrated Child Developments Services (ICDS) scheme has very low coverage and is far from universal as has been laid down in the Act and directed by the apex court”.        

It additionally sought a path to all of the states and UTs to make sure that no eligible applicant is denied a ration card. PTI

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