HC summons top official over issue of meals in Delhi shelter homes

The HC, which was hearing a PIL it has initiated on its own, expressed displeasure over the non-payment of dues to the organisation under the free meals project in ‘Rain Baseras’.
Image used for representation.
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NEW DELHI:   The Delhi High Court Tuesday directed the CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to appear before it in case the board fails to clear the entire outstanding dues by July 20 to the Akshaya Patra Foundation which provides food at all night shelters.

The HC, which was hearing a PIL it has initiated on its own, expressed displeasure over the non-payment of dues to the organisation under the free meals project in ‘Rain Baseras’. The high court had taken cognisance of news reports about people at these homes being deprived of cooked meals, and  directed the foundation to continue providing food to all Rain Baseras on the same payment basis as existed earlier.

A bench of Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Narula directed the DUSIB to make 
the payment to the organisation by July 20, the next date of hearing. According to the foundation, the authorities have to pay them Rs 9.5 crore as dues.

The court asked the CEO of DUSIB to appear before it and explain the reasons for non-payment. Delhi govt standing counsel Santosh Kumar Tripathi submitted the city government had made a decision to pay all dues to Akshaya Patra several weeks ago.

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