Where’s The Relief? Top Babus From 10 States Summoned By Supreme Court

More than 330 million people were hit by water shortages across 13 states, including Bihar and Haryana.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has summoned top bureaucrats from 10 states to explain why they have not provided food grains, loan waivers and compensation for crop losses to millions of people hit by a drought last year.

More than 330 million people – almost a quarter of India’s population – were hit by water shortages across 13 of the country’s 29 states, including Gujarat, Haryana, Maharashtra Bihar, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

But even though the country’s top court ordered 10 states to put in place measures to support drought-stricken communities nearly a year ago, little has been done, activists said. The chief secretaries, the most senior civil servants in the states, have been ordered to appear before the Supreme Court on April 26

“This is important because the apex court generally does not summon top government officials,” said Avik Saha, vice president of Swaraj Abhiyan, a charity which filed a petition in the court, accusing the 10 states of contempt of the court order.

“This is significant because peoples’ lives are at risk. They have neither food nor money for their survival.”

Last year’s drought caused crop failures, water shortages and excessive debt, prompting hundreds of families across the country to flee villages in search of food, water and jobs.

© Thomson Reuters 2017

4 COMMENTS

  1. Awesome issues here. I’m very satisfied to see your post.
    Thanks a lot and I’m having a look forward to contact you.
    Will you please drop me a e-mail?

  2. Wonderful items from you, man. I’ve take into account your stuff prior to and you are just extremely great.
    I really like what you have obtained right here, really like what you’re saying
    and the way in which in which you say it. You’re making it enjoyable and
    you still care for to stay it sensible. I can not wait to
    read much more from you. This is really a wonderful site.

  3. Awesome article. I’m most definitely interest in this one. I am in reality happy with article quality and direction. This post is spot on in informative how some ideology applies to any script location. Thanks a lot for preservation huge stuff. I am extremely a good deal grateful used intended for this place. Thanks a lot for protection massive things.

LEAVE A REPLY

Time limit is exhausted. Please reload the CAPTCHA.