The High Court on Saturday asked the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development, and the J&K government to show cause by October 10 as to why a plea seeking to evolve a rational policy for the procurement and distribution of nutritional supply in the state Anganwadi centers shall not be admitted for a hearing.
A division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rashid Ali Dar also issued a notice to Commissioner Secretary Social Welfare department, Mission Director J&K Integrated Child Development Services Scheme (ICDS) and Commissioner Food Safety J&K.
An NGO, Jammu & Kashmir People's Forum Through its Secretary General, M M Shuja, has filed a Public Interest Litigation in the High Court and wants the policy in line with the Supreme Court directions and Central Vigilance Commission guidelines.
The Forum also seeks the direction for a probe by any agency preferably CBI against Mission Director (ICDS) for approving rate contracts for supply of nutritional items to the Anganwadi Centers of the State by exceeding his mandate and jurisdiction.
It also seeks directions for the cancellation of the rate contracts approved by Mission Director with regard to supply of nutritional items to the Anganwadi Centers.
The PIL also seeks directions to Mission director and his subordinate officials not to release any payment to the suppliers of nutritional items to Anganwadi centers of the State for the year 2018-2019 and instead credit the amount to the account of the beneficiaries as per the Supreme Court directions and CVC guidelines.