High Court Chief Justice at the MPHRC foundation day function
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Madhya Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Hemant Gupta while addressing the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission foundation day events at RCVP Noronha Academy of Administration. He also expressed concern over rising pending cases in the high court.
The programme was based on theme ‘Ann ka Adhikhar- Manav Adhikar (right to food–human rights). Chief guest of the function was Justice Hemant Gupta. Other eminent persons includes Chairperson of Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) Justice Narendra Kumar Jain, Member MPHRC Manohar Mamtani, Member MPHRC Sarabjeet Singh etc were present. Besides, many college students were also present in the programme.
Speaking further Chief Justice Hemant Gupta said that the right to food is a human right. It protects the right of all human beings to live in dignity, free from hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. The right to food is not about charity, but about ensuring that all people have the capacity to feed themselves in dignity. The right to food is a legal right.
The right to food is protected under international human rights and humanitarian law and the correlative state obligations are well-established under international law. A booklet on Right to Food was also released on the occasion which gave information about National Food Security Act.
The National Food Security Act, 2013 (also Right to Food Act) is an Act of the Parliament of India which aims to provide subsidised food grains to approximately two third of India’s 1.2 billion people. It was signed into law on September 12 2013, retroactive to July 5, 2013.
The National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA 2013) converts into legal entitlements for existing food security programmes of the Government of India. It includes the Mid-day Meal Scheme, Integrated Child Development Services scheme and the Public Distribution System. Further, the NFSA 2013 recognises maternity entitlements.
Justice Gupta said the Mid-day Meal Scheme and the Integrated Child Development Services Scheme are universal in nature whereas the PDS to reach about two-thirds of the population which includes 75% in rural areas and 50% in urban areas.
The booklet compiled by MPHRC has covered various topics and detailed information has been given about right to food, Food Security Act, its provisions and objectives.