The situation became so serious that on July 8, In July 2004, the court issued the first set of directives to the government seeking immediate action. The government was directed to provide the factual health status in representative villages in Gadchiroli, Yeotmal, Amravati, Nandurbar and Dhule districts. The State government set up the Committee to Evaluate Child Mortality, headed by the community health specialist Dr. Abhay Bang. In August 2004, the committee submitted its first report, which highlighted the magnitude of the problem and the under-reporting of child deaths by the government. In March 2005, the committee presented its second report. This report took the next logical step of making detailed recommendations on how to reduce malnutrition and child deaths. On September 16, the court directed the State government to submit a time-bound programme to implement the recommendations of the committee.
Adv. Desai requested the participants, to submit any information they have related to High Court Case, since he is council of petitioner in the case and that valuable information can be used for the benefit of the case.
Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), along with People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL), has been at the forefront on a nation wide movement on the “right to food”. Through a series of 11 orders spanning over the last four years, the Apex Court has taken the first steps to address the issue of malnutrition and to reform and strengthen the food security system in India. The orders of the Supreme Court have not been made available to many of the High Courts and, as a result, the judicial enforcement of these orders remains incomplete. The
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur