AG Venugopal then said,
“…affidavit says that no states has reported such deaths, but you must also look at the stand of states.”
CJI Ramana then highlighted that States like Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab and West Bengal run community kitchens, but were dependent on the Centre for funds.
When the AG said that the Centre had introduced 130 schemes to combat hunger issues, in which lakhs of crores were spent, the Court said,
“Government of India cannot take this as an adversarial litigation. You must have a practical approach like Hare Ram Hare Krishna or Akshayapatra.”
The AG insisted that the states have to find the problem and each panchayat has to devise the process in the area, after which the Centre could provide funds.