Centre asks states for widows using flowers from temples to earn livelihood
The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it has asked all states to respond to a suggestion on widows, living in shelter homes, using flowers offered in temples to earn a livelihood by making perfume, coloured powder or incense sticks.
The Centre today told the Supreme Court that it has asked all states to respond to a suggestion on widows, living in shelter homes, using flowers offered in temples to earn a livelihood by making perfume, colored powder or incense sticks.
A bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta was also informed by the government that it would not be possible to have a convergence of several schemes meant for destitute women and widows due to several issues, including cultural diversity.
Additional Solicitor General (ASG) A N S Nadkarni told the bench that the Centre has already informed all the states on the issue of floral offerings in temples across the country and some states have responded as well.
He said that repair works of widow homes at Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh was almost complete and maintenance of such homes across the country would be done by the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (HUDCO) and the states would give their respective contribution in this regard to the corporation.
The apex court said no order was required to be passed in the matter in view of the submissions made by the ASG.
It also appreciated the petitioner for raising this issue before the court and said. that further grievance, if any, could be raked up before the National Commission for Women or the state commissions for women respectively.
At the outset, the bench expressed its anguish that three states -- Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand -- have not yet deposited the cost imposed on them earlier by the court for either not heeding to the Centre's proposal for setting up an expert committee or giving "incomplete information" to the Ministry of Women and Child Development on the issue.
The bench imposed a further cost of Rs 1 lakh on Uttarakhand and warned that if the money was not deposited, it would be constrained to call the chief secretary of the state to explain as to why orders of the court were not complied with.
One of the reports had said there was a lack of proper toilets and bathrooms in the shelter homes, besides poor water and electricity facilities.
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