SC slaps fine of Rs 50,000 each on three states over Mid-day meal
A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta expressed displeasure that these three "defaulting states" have not yet complied with the directions of the apex court in this regard.
The Supreme Court today slapped Rs 50,000 each as costs on Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Uttrakhand for their failure to create an online link with a chart meant for monitoring the implementation and hygiene of mid-day meal schemes in government-run schools.
"In view of the default of these three states, costs of 50,000 are imposed upon these states. The amount is deposited within four weeks from today with the Supreme Court Legal Services Authority for utilization of juvenile justice issues," the bench said.
The counsel appearing for the petitioner told the bench that some of the states and Union Territories (UTs) have not yet created a separate link on the website as required in terms of the court's direction and no chart has been filled up by them.
"The other defaulting states/UTs are Arunachal Pradesh, Dadar, and Nagar Haveli and Puducherry. For the time being, we are not imposing any costs on these states. We expect these states will comply with the directions passed by this court from time to time," the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on September 20.
The apex court had earlier noted that two committees at the national and state level were suggested to be set up to monitor various aspects like maintaining hygiene in the mid-day meal schemes in schools.
The court was hearing a plea filed by NGO 'Antarrashtriya Manav Adhikaar Nigraani Parishad' in 2013 on the issue of mid-day meals.
The top court had on March 23 last year asked state governments and UTs to upload information including the total number of students getting the benefit of the mid-day meal scheme within three months on their websites.
The PIL has claimed that in over 12 lakh government-run and aided schools across the country, children receive free, cooked lunch every day but "they are constantly exposed to the risk of food poisoning and related health hazards due to a lack of mid-day meal infrastructure and proper monitoring of the scheme".
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