Give foodgrains to hungry, not rats: SC

SC asked the Centre to forthwith allocate excess foodgrains to the hungry and not let it rot.

Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 00:17 AM IST

New Delhi: Asserting that foodgrains cannot
be allowed to rot in godowns, be dumped in sea or eaten by
rats, the Supreme Court today asked the Centre to forthwith
allocate excess foodgrains to the hungry and BPL families in
the Country.

A Bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma
while asking the Attorney General to respond to its views told
Additional Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran that mere schemes
without any implementation are of no use.

"More than 9 years ago (Aug 20,2001), this Court passed
an order that the food grains which are over-flowing in the
storage, especially of the FCI godowns and which are in
abundance, should not be wasted by dumping into the sea or
eaten by rats.

"Mere schemes without any implementation are of no
use. What is important is that the food must reach the
hungry," the Bench said in an order after Parsaran sought
adjournment as the Attorney General who was to brief the court
was held up in the Chief Justice`s Court.

"Procurement of adequate foodgrains is essential to
provide food security and to protect the interest of farmers.
All through, our anxiety has been that the procured foodgrains
be properly preserved. The quantity of foodgrains which cannot
be preserved because of lack of storage facility, at least
that much wholesome foodgrains be allocated to BPL population
forthwith," the Bench said.

The apex court said as per the latest census figures
BPL population in the country has risen by seven crore and
asked the AG to come out with his views as to why the
allocation should not be made in terms of the latest figure
instead of relying on the 1991 Census figures.

-PTI