SC ticks off Rajasthan for collecting taxes from destitute

Supreme Court ticked off Rajasthan government for collecting Rs five to Rs 10 from homeless persons for using night shelter facilities during the winter.

Updated: Jan 04, 2011, 00:01 AM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday ticked off Rajasthan government for collecting Rs five to Rs 10 from homeless persons for using night shelter facilities during the winter.

A bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma also asked the state government to consider segregation of women destitute from men since under the present arrangement they were being forced to share the common toilets and baths.

"What is the point in imposing a tax on them? If they (the destitute) can pay the amount, why will they stay in such homes?

"In a welfare state, it is the duty of the government to fund such things," the bench told the state government counsel during the hearing on provision of night shelters to the destitute.
The apex court also asked the state government lawyer to seek instructions from the government on the plea for segregation of female/male destitute and file the response by Friday when it would take up the matter for further hearing.
The counsel for the state, however, claimed the charge of Rs five for toilets and Rs 10 for bathing facilities were being collected by Sulabh International which runs the toilets but promised to look into it.

PTI

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