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SC angered over criticism that it is trying to run the govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme today expressed anguish over the that it was trying to "run the government", saying the judiciary is blamed if it points out that the is not doing its job. The stinging remarks by the apex came when it was hearing a matter relating to providing shelter to the urban homeless in the country, during which it took to task Uttar Pradesh and said "your appears to have failed". "If you people cannot work, say so, that you are not able to do it," a bench of Justices and said. "We are not the You do not do your work and when we say something, we are criticised by everybody in the country that we are trying to run the government, run the country," the bench said. The said the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) scheme has existed since 2014 but the has virtually done nothing. The bench told (ASG) Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for Uttar Pradesh, that the authorities should keep in mind that this matter related to human beings. "There are a few things. We are talking about human beings who have no place to stay.

Those who have no place to stay have to be given place to live," the said. ASG Mehta said the state was alive to the situation and was doing its best to provide shelter to urban homeless. The also mulled over the issue of having state-wise committees to deal with the issue relating to urban homeless and implementation of the NULM as suggested by the Centre. The Centre has suggested to the apex that it could be appropriate if a two-member committee was appointed in each state to deal with these issues. On hearing the submissions, the bench asked the Centre to coordinate with the state governments to suggest names of officer, who has retired from the level of at the Centre, a and a member from who is sensitive to the issue. It said the petitioner should suggest the name of one person from the The asked them to do the needful within two weeks and posted the matter for hearing on February 8. During the hearing, ASG Mehta referred to the vision document prepared by to deal with the issue of urban homeless and said that as per 2011 census, there were around 1.80 lakh urban homeless in the state. He said a scientific study was going on to get the latest figure but the vision document has been prepared keeping in mind the data of 1.80 lakh such persons in the state. The bench also asked the state about the funds given to it by the Centre under the scheme. Meanwhile, Prashant Bhushan, appearing for the petitioner, told the that the "task was huge" in Uttar Pradesh as till date, the capacity of such shelter homes was only around 7,000 while the requirement was for 1.80 lakh. Bhushan said the could appoint a national level committee to look into these issues state-wise and then apprise the top about it. However, ASG A N S Nadkarni, representing the Centre, told the bench that they have suggested having state-wise committees. The apex had earlier expressed shock that welfare schemes were not being effectively implemented even after spending thousands of crore on them. The is first dealing with the status of three states -- Haryana, and -- among 11 and two Union Territories which have been highlighted by the apex court-appointed committee to oversee implementation of NULM across the country. The petitioners had earlier referred to the report of the apex court-appointed committee headed by former Delhi High Justice and said the number of shelter homes in these states were much less than what was required.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 18:15 IST
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