HC closes PIL on Anganwari supplies after SAC forms policy

HC closes PIL on Anganwari supplies after SAC forms policy

SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court Friday closed down a Public interest litigation (PIL) related to procurement of food items for Anganwardi centres across state after it was informed that the State Administrative council (SAC) has sanctioned a centralised policy for procurement of items.
A status report dated February 3, 2019 filed by State Mission Director, ICPS informed the court that that the State Administrative Council (SAC) has accorded sanction to centralized policy for procurement of nutritional items for Anganwardi centres under Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Tashi Rabstan remarked that “in view of accorded sanction to the policy, nothing survives in this matter.”
Earlier, the petitioner organisation People’s Welfare Forum had stated that around 30,000 anganwadi centres operational in the state were getting supplies of spurious and misbranded food items, risking the lives of the children.
The litigation was moved for rationalising the purchase and procurement of nutritional items required for public distribution under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and for cancellation of the rate contract for the year 2018-19, under which substandard, spurious and misbranded food items were procured at exorbitant rates.

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