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

PTI


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


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