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SC to hear Swaraj Abhiyan's plea seeking assistance to drought victims

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme will on Tuesday hear the PIL filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, seeking proper rehabilitation and financial assistance to the people of 11 drough affected states.

The plea was filed by a based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) 'Swaraj Abhiyan', seeking directions from the apex to the Central and state governments to provide timely and effective relief to drought affected people in several states.

A Bench comprising Justices M.B. Lokur and N.V. Ramana will be hearing the case and senior Supreme advocate Prashant Bhushan will be representing the

In May last year, the apex court had directed the drought-hit states to provide highly subsidised foodgrains to the affected people under the Food Security (NFS) Act. The states are Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Odisha, and Chhattisgarh.

The Bench had pulled up Haryana, and for refusing to declare drought, despite a sharp fall in the monsoon rains, a primary indicator for assessing people's distress arising from water scarcity and crop failure. declared drought only in some areas that too very late.

The Bench had directed all the 12 states, including and Bihar, to provide five kilogram of food-grains per person a month at the price meant for below poverty line (BPL) families and this should be given to even those above the poverty line (APL) and those not holding ration cards.

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First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 06:32 IST