The HC heard a DIP filed by social activist Prafulla Samantara asking for special intervention through food security measures and food grains to cardholders without rationing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The court issued the instruction after Samantara’s lawyer, Ishwar Mohanty, drew his attention to the report on the state of food security and nutrition in Odisha, where the adverse effects of lack of nutrition on children have been described in detail.
The report was prepared by the Poverty and Human Development Monitoring Agency of the Department of Planning and Convergence with the World Food Program.
It was pointed out in the report that the lack of nutritional intake of energy, protein and fat has led to the prevalence of stunting and underweight among children in most areas of the state. “Only three districts – Puri, Jagatsinghpur and Cuttack – have acceptable levels of stunting and underweight,” the report says.
The two-judge bench of Chief Justice S Muralidhar and Justice AK Mohapatra postponed the case to January 6, while ordering the state government to file an affidavit by then setting out the measures it proposes to take. take in the action plan.
The judiciary took note of the affidavit filed by the Principal Secretary, Department of Food Supply and Consumer Welfare on November 2.
The HC took note of the affidavit figures which showed that the SFSS was only able to cover 11.36 lakh of the additional target of 34.44 lakh beneficiaries in the past seven months.
The state had established the additional target after 34.44 lakh beneficiaries were excluded from coverage under the National Food Security Act (NFSA).