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Delhi HC chides Govt for not providing ration card to poor woman

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 19:43

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday
pulled up the Delhi government for denying a destitute woman,
who cannot afford to feed her infant baby, a ration card to
obtain grains under Antyodaya Anna Yojna(AAY) scheme saying
the poor cannot be denied basic needs to live.

"Economic deprivation of a person cannot deprive him
from other rights and it is the duty of government to fulfil
basic needs of its people," Justice S Muralidhr said while
directing the state government to provide assistance to the
the mother.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Fatima, the
mother who brought her plight to the court`s notice and
alleged MCD has failed to provide a ration card despite
repeated requests.

Fatima`s mother had approached a social worker after
her daughter delivered a child early this month in a maternity
home run by MCD in Jangpura and the condition of the mother
and child had deteriorated due to lack of food.

With the help of the social worker, Fatima applied for
a ration card but MCD officials failed to issue the card.


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 19:43
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