Plea In Top Court Seeks Extension Of Atma Nirbhar Scheme For Dry Ration

Underneath the scheme, free 5 kg of grains per particular person and 1 kg of pulses per household, per thirty days was given.

New Delhi:

A plea has been filed within the Supreme Court docket looking for instructions to the central authorities to increase the availability of dry rations to stranded migrant staff for a minimum of one yr below the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan scheme.

Activists Harsh Mander, Anjali Bharadwaj, and Jagdeep Chhokar moved the highest court docket over the “meals insecurity” of migrant staff submitting an intervention utility in an already pending suo moto case referring to miseries of migrants stranded throughout the nation.

The central authorities had launched the Atma Nirbhar cheme within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, as per which, migrant staff who usually are not beneficiaries below the Nationwide Meals Safety Act or the state Public Distribution System shall be supplied free 5 kg of grains per particular person and 1 kg of pulses per household, per thirty days for 2 months.

Whereas the Atma Nirbhar Scheme was introduced by the Centre for the advantage of the eight crore migrants staff, it was in impact just for a interval of two months – Could and June, submitted the appliance.

It additional mentioned that the scheme was not prolonged past the 2 months regardless of the Catastrophe Administration Act nonetheless being in impact.

“The discontinuation of the availability of free cooked meals (below one other scheme) by means of shelters and reduction facilities is extraordinarily regarding. Many migrant staff who’ve returned from their villages haven’t discovered employment or have solely discovered part-time employment, incomes a fraction of the wages and are unable to afford shelter and meals,” the appliance mentioned.

It identified that regardless of the scheme, the meals grains and pulses reached solely a fraction of these with out rations playing cards resulting from issues with the identification of beneficiaries after which in distribution by the states.

Suggesting {that a} correct “system for accountability” ought to be arrange in every state, the activists added the Chief Secretaries of every state have to be made personally liable for guaranteeing that identification of migrant/stranded individuals is accomplished in a time-bound method and the complete quota allotted to every state is distributed inside 15 days.

“Additional, easy standards for figuring out the migrant staff ought to be used resembling self-certification as insistence on cumbersome procedures or manufacturing of paperwork will exclude essentially the most weak and marginalised,” the appliance mentioned.

The appliance sought continuation of the provisions of free scorching cooked meals by means of designated reduction camps and shelters for a minimum of the subsequent six months until December 2020.

It additionally sought instructions to the Centre and the state governments to offer monetary help to staff who had been self-employed and people whose workplaces shut operations because of the financial hardships throughout the lockdown.

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