Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has asked
the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) to provide education
and mid-day meals to the children of slum dwellers, relocated
The bench of Chief Justice V Gopalagowda and Justice
Indrajit Mohanty asked the civic body yesterday to arrange for
books, teachers, mid-day meal and a place to study near the
place of stay of these children.
More than 150 families of Maa Mangala slum who were
evicted from near the SCB Medical College and Hospital here on
July 4 are now relocated at Hadia Patha, an island inside
river Mahanadi, following an HC order.
Not only are the evictees being provided with
temporary shelter, they are also being provided with free
meals by the district administration as per the court`s order.
However, when it was brought to the notice of the HC
that over 115 students of the slum have not gone to school and
their studies were affected ever since they were displaced,
the court took cognisance of it.
The court, however, gave a relief to the local
administration when it was pleaded that the Orissa Relief Code
does not allow the district administration to provide free
food to the evictees for such a long period.
Henceforth, the state government would provide free
food to the evictees till the next hearing of the case, the
bench ordered. The case has been adjourned to August 4.
The state government was also asked by the HC to
provide work to the slum dwellers under the National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) until further orders.
It was reported that following their displacement, the
slum dwellers were unable to get any work at their new