Expressing disappointment over the non-implementation of welfare legislation, the Supreme Court on Monday pulled up Gujarat for not implementing the National Food Security Act passed by Parliament in 2013.
“How can a state choose to not implement a law passed by the Parliament?” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar after he said at least nine states and two Union territories have not yet implemented the food law. “What is Parliament doing? Is Gujarat not a part of India? The Act says it extends to whole of India and Gujarat is not implementing it. You (Gujarat) want to break away from India. How can a state say that it won’t implement the law. Tomorrow, other state would say that it won’t follow IPC, CrPC,” a bench told counsel Hemantika Wahi, who appeared for Gujarat. Wahi told the Bench that the state is at final stage of implementing the law and consultation was going on.
The Bench also asked the Centre to collect and collate information from drought-hit states on the status of welfare schemes such as MGNREGA, National Food Security and mid-day meal. It asked the Centre to filed the affidavit by February 10.