‘ Spell out schemes for des­ti­tute women, wid­ows’

The Asian Age - - Nation - J. VENKATESAN

The Supreme Court has di­rected all the state gov­ern­ments and union ter­ri­to­ries’ ad­min­is­tra­tions to spell out the wel­fare schemes in force for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of des­ti­tute women and wid­ows.

A bench of jus­tices Madan B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta while deal­ing with the is­sue of Vrin­da­van wid­ows, in the pe­ti­tion filed by the En­vi­ron­ment and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion Foun­da­tion, asked the states to sup­ply the de­tails of such schemes through e- mail to the min­istry of women and child devel­op­ment and to the na­tional com­mis­sion for women. The court then asked the na­tional com­mis­sion for women to com­pile all the schemes so that it could frame a model scheme for im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Ear­lier, it was brought to the at­ten­tion of the court that huge flo­ral of­fer­ings are made to the tem­ples in Vrin­da­van and these of­fer­ings were ei­ther be­ing dumped in river Ya­muna or dumped else­where as garbage.

Fur­ther, it was sub­mit­ted that un­der the ini­tia­tive of the depart­ment of women wel­fare in Ut­tar Pradesh, the flo­ral of­fer­ings are now be­ing used for mak­ing eco- friendly prod­ucts like Su­gandh essence, Su­gandh jal, gu­lal, dhoop batti, agar­batti, etc. with the tech­ni­cal sup­port of Flo­ral and Fra­grance Devel­op­ment Cen­tre in Kan­nauj un­der the mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prises min­istry.

Tak­ing note of this sub­mis­sion, the bench asked the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion of Mathura to en­sure that the flower of­fer­ings are col­lected and de­posited with afore­said shel­ter home premises of the Ut­tar Pradesh Mahila Kalyan Nigam and also to en­sure that they are not dumped else­where.

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