Set up State Food Commissions: SC

Supreme Court Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and N.V. Ramana ordered, “We are of opinion that the State Food Commission should be constituted at the earliest in accordance with Section 16 of the Act rather than have some other body function as the State Food Commission…,”.

The court found that the situation has come into existence owing to the “flexibility” provided by the Act to States to designate “some existing Commission to act as the State Food Commission”.

The Supreme Court has criticised the Centre and the State governments for the lacklustre implementation of the National Food Security Act of 2013.

It deplored the rather casual approach to the mandatory setting up of the State Food Commissions meant to monitor the implementation of the statute.