New Delhi, Feb 10: The Supreme Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh as penalty on Center and States for failing to file affidavit with details of steps being taken for ensuring food security and community kitchens for poor/homeless, after hearing a petition.
Hearing has been pending and delayed due to delay by States for five months, the Apex Court bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana, said and added that it's unfortunate that the center/states have not responded yet to the petition.
Only seven States have filed affidavits on food security and community kitchens, and they are - Andaman, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Nagaland and J&K. No reply was filed by the Centre today, as a result of which, the Court slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on it. Justice Ramana said, if states file affidavit within 24 hours, then they will pay Rs 1 lakh as cost.
Others who will fail to file their reply, within 24 hours, will have to pay Rs 5 lakh. The Apex Court was hearing the petition in connection with providing kitchen facilities and seeking a direction for setting up kitchen facilities across the country to tackle the menace of hunger. The Top Court today fixed the matter for further hearing to Monday, February 17. (UNI)