March 5, 2021

File response to PIL on offering meals at shelter properties or face value of Rs 10ok: HC to Centre

The Delhi Excessive Court docket on Wednesday rapped the Centre for not submitting its response to a PIL, which has claimed that shelter properties within the metropolis deny three high quality meals a day to its occupants, regardless of repeated alternatives and warned that value of Rs 10,000 could be imposed for failure to take action. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan gave yet another alternative to the Ministry of Housing to file its affidavit saying failure to take action would result in imposition of prices of Rs 10,000 on Secretary, Housing Ministry.

The excessive courtroom additionally stated that the Secretary of Housing Ministry was earlier this 12 months burdened with a value of Rs 10,000 for not giving correct particulars with regard to the variety of authorities lodging which have been being illegally occupied.

The prices have been later reversed after the ministry filed an utility apologising for what occurred and gave all particulars relating to the variety of authorities residences being illegally occupied, motion taken and recoveries constructed from the unlawful occupants.

Within the prompt PIL the excessive courtroom had requested the ministry to point on affidavit how a lot funds it has given to the Delhi authorities for offering three meals on a regular basis to the homeless who’re residing within the shelters right here.

On Wednesday, the ministry”s counsel sought extra time to file an affidavit which irked the bench.

Even the Delhi authorities counsel stated that she didn’t have directions relating to receipt of any funds from the Centre for offering meals to the homeless within the shelters.

She, nevertheless, informed the courtroom that three meals could be supplied within the shelters solely until July 31.

Earlier, the Delhi City Shelter Enchancment Board (DUSIB) which runs the shelters had informed the courtroom that it had stopped offering meals to the shelter dwelling inmates from July 2 on instructions of the Delhi authorities.

The courtroom was listening to a petition, by a girl residing at a shelter dwelling in Sarai Kale Khan right here, which has contended that the central authorities on March 28 issued a notification directing all of the states and union territories to offer three meals a day within the shelter properties.

The plea has additional claimed that as per the notification, “three hygienically ready meals a day must be supplied to the folks residing in shelter properties for which an quantity of Rs 100 per homeless per day could also be incurred”.

Nonetheless, in full violation of the above talked about notification, DUSIB was offering solely two meals of Rs 20 every for lunch and dinner to the folks on the shelter properties, the petition has alleged.

It has additionally alleged that the “high quality of meals is poor and beneath the minimal customary. The meals solely encompass plain rice and dal that are of lowest high quality accessible out there”.