Supreme Court to Gujarat government, ‘why did you wait till 1 April to declare drought?’


Supreme Court on Thursday pulled up Gujarat government for the delay in declaring drought in the state.

The apex court said, “When situation was clear in September that there could be drought, why did you wait till April 1 to declare drought?”

Gujarat government, replied saying that the the delay in declaring drought was due to local polls.

To which the Supreme Court asked, “Will all work stop if there are elections? ”

The apex court also pulled up another BJP-led government of Haryana by saying, “Is this seriousness that you show on this (drought) issue? We are talking about people who are dying, not tourists.”

In February too, the Supreme Court had criticised the Gujarat government and the Centre for not implementing National Food Security Act properly.

The apex court had directed the Centre to furnish detail of how the states of Gujarat, Haryana and Bihar were implementing ‘drought management schemes, if any.’

“What is Parliament doing? Is Gujarat not a part of India? The Act says it extends to whole of India and Gujarat is not implementing it. Tomorrow somebody can say that it is not going to implement the CrPC, IPC and the Evidence Act,” a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said.