MUMBAI, 22 Sept: The Bombay High Court have slammed Fadnavis government in Maharastra for “complete apathy” and “criminal negligence” over starvation deaths in the state.
The negligence towards the health hazard resulted in higher number of malnutrition deaths in tribal areas of Maharashtra’s eleven districts, including Palghar, near Mumbai.
The bench chaired by Justice Vidyasagar Kanade and Justice Swapna Joshi expressed shock over the situation.
The Court was hearing a petition on malnutrition deaths filed by Kasturba Adivasi Mahila Sangh, presenting the fact that 18,000 children have died in the state during 2015-2016 financial year itself.
The jugde stated that even after a huge fund is provided still the government is unable to stop the rising number of deaths. “This is criminal negligence. Every year large number of children die of negligence,” said Justice Kanade.
The court also asked the government why it did not ensure implementation of welfare schemes in the state.
Warunjikar also stated the court about the recently reported “casual response” of the minister Vishnu Savara when told some 600 children had died in Palghar district. “See the mentality,” said Warunjikar. The court lamented the non-implementation of its orders passed since May 2010.
“We are absolutely frustrated. If this continues, we will ask the chief secretary to come here. Only if we do that, the entire machinery will work,” said Justice Kanade.
The bench directed to compile all orders so that it can issue show cause notices to the officers responsible.
However, the government’s advocate, Neha Bhide, said the core committee, constituted as per the HC’s May 2015 order, with the chief secretary as its chairperson has held eight meetings. She submitted its report saying the government is doing everything it can to implement the schemes.