Re­vise guide­book, set time limit to de­clare drought, SC tells Cen­tre

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Correspondent ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The SC di­rected the Cen­tre to re­vise its seven-yearold guide­book on droughts, rul­ing the Union gov­ern­ment could not wash its hands of its con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity if the states main­tained an “os­trich-like at­ti­tude” in declar­ing a ru­ral cri­sis. The SC held the “buck even­tu­ally stops” with the Cen­tre un­der the Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Act to tackle the agrar­ian cri­sis that has af­fected “one-third” of In­dia’s pop­u­la­tion.

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