Supreme Court directs Central Government to frame Scheme for Pan-India Community Kitchen

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The Supreme Court today directed the Central Government to frame a scheme for pan-India Community Kitchens after consultation with the State Governments taking into consideration the existing policies.

A bench of Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant, and Justice Hima Kohli further directed the State of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, and Maharastra to file their responses.

The plea has sought direction to establish community kitchens across the country to combat prevalent hunger, malnutrition & starvation and prevent the death of persons resulting thereof.

The plea further stated, "the Right to Food is a fundamental human right recognized under national and international law, which protects the right of people to access food and feed themselves. The right to food is interlinked to one’s right to life and dignity and requires that food be available, accessible, and adequate for everyone without discrimination or any inequality.

Earlier, the Court had directed the States of Maharashtra, Odisha, Goa, Sikkim, NCT of Delhi, and U.T. of Ladakh to file their counter-affidavits within a period of one week from today after depositing costs of Rs.5,00,000/-.

Case Title: Anun Dhawan Vs. Union of India