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