New Delhi The Supreme Court, while hearing a PIL, said that in the current situation, the government cannot be asked to act in a specific way. A petition was filed in the Supreme Court seeking immediate relief to the poor and homeless during the lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
A bench of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul, and BR Gavai heard the public interest litigation filed by social activist Swami Agnivesh through video conferencing. The court disposed of the PIL after hearing the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Swami Agnivesh’s lawyer Colin Gonzales.
During the hearing, Gonzales said that many states and union territories have not resumed the Anganwadi scheme for food distribution. Breastfeeding mothers and their babies should be fed food under the National Food Security Act.
Referring to the existing circumstances, the bench said that this is a situation where we cannot say that some work has to be done in one way or another. If you have suggestions, you can keep them with the government for consideration. The Solicitor General said that the government was monitoring the situation and the implementation of the guidelines was being ensured for the benefit of the poor and the needy.