Throughout the workshop the experiences shared by the activists have been noted and will feed into the Supreme Court and High Court cases. The new Assistant to the Commissioner for Maharashtra Mr. Jose Antony Joseph gave of his valuable time to attend the meeting and post the meeting he will be carrying out a series of inspection trips and ‘jan sunvais’ to ascertain the situation in each district focusing particularly on perennial areas of starvation and malnourishment like Vidbarha, Melghat and Mokada in Thane district.
Towards the end of the workshop, participants resolved themselves to be more committed to the cause of the issue and active follow up the present workshop.
In April 2001 the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court describing the spread of hunger in the country and sought reliefs for the poor with special emphasis of children, women, the unemployed and the aged. In a series of eight orders spanning the last four years, the Apex Court has taken the first steps to tackle the issue of malnutrition and to reform and strengthen the food security system in India.
These orders have not been made available to many of the Justices in the High Courts and the Human Rights Commissions and, as a result, the enforcement of these orders remains incomplete. These orders have also not been publicised by the government machinery in the manner it was supposed to be done. Thus there is lack of information regarding the schemes and more so its implementation. A monitoring system within states needs to be evolved to
Report – Two-days workshop on Right to Food
17 and 18 September 2005, Nagpur