Govt must com­pen­sate drought-hit farm­ers for late pay­ment, says SC

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Bhadra Sinha bhadra.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Fri­day or­dered com­pen­sa­tion for delayed wages un­der a flag­ship ru­ral job scheme and asked states to con­tinue free meal for stu­dents in drought-hit ar­eas, pulling up au­thor­i­ties for “throw­ing so­cial jus­tice out of the win­dow”.

The top court’s sting­ing crit­i­cism of both the Cen­tre and states came on an NGO’s pe­ti­tion seek­ing ju­di­cial in­ter­ven­tion to tackle a se­vere ru­ral dis­tress trig­gered by back-to-back drought that has af­fected 33 crore peo­ple or 25% of In­dia’s pop­u­la­tion in 10 states.

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