Karnataka High Court
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[Coronavirus Lockdown] Lack of food security for daily wage workers and homeless requires urgent attention of govt: Karnataka HC

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Karnataka High Court today asked the state government to look into the issue of lack of food security for daily wage workers, migrant labourers, and the homeless during the 21-day Coronavirus lockdown.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka and Justice BV Nagarathna passed the order in a petition filed by People's Union of Civil Liberties (PUCL), Karnataka.

The plea highlighted the issue during the ongoing lockdown. This apart, the Court also took note of two other letters regarding lack of food security and failure to take measures to protect the health of pourakarmikas (sanitation workers) in the state.

The Court opined that the grievances in all the three petitions requires the urgent attention of the High Court. The matters will be heard on March 30 via video conferencing.

However, the Court clarified that it would be open for the Advocate General, the Additional Advocate General, or the Government Advocate to be present in person.

The Court further said that if possible, the Court would look into the issue of over crowding of prisons as well on March 30.

"If occasion arises the bench will also consider the issue of implementation of the directions issued by Apex court for taking measures to reduce over crowding in prisons."

The Karnataka High Court had recently introduced video conferencing facility to hear cases as a measure to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the Court premises.

[Read the order here]

Karnataka HC food security.pdf
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