New Delhi: The Supreme Court had on 12th August asked the Centre to consider free distribution of food grains to the hungry poor of the country instead of allowing it to rot in Food Corporation of India godowns, reports PTI.
The bench had passed the direction while dealing with a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by civil rights group Peoples' Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) on rampant corruption in Public Distribution System (PDS) besides rotting of food grains in FCI godowns.
Earlier, the apex court had asked the government to consider the suggestions for disbanding public distribution system (PDS) supply to Above Poverty Line (APL) families and restrict the benefit only to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families and Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) scheme beneficiaries.
However, the Centre, in an affidavit, had said it was extending the PDS supply to APL families only after meeting the requirements of the BPL/ AAY beneficiaries.
It had also mentioned in the affidavit that a task force headed by Director General, National Informatics Centre, was set up on 9th August comprising representatives of Department of IT, UIDAI, Department of Food and Public Distribution, FCI and Food Secretaries of selected states/UTs as members.
The task force is entrusted with the responsibility of working out the modalities for integration of the existing projects and also to suggest how UIDAI will be eventually leveraged.