Shillong, June 21: The High Court of Meghalaya, while taking up the second aspect of the suo motu PIL on welfare schemes for the marginalised during Covid, observed on Monday that the target group should get the desired benefits emanating from the welfare schemes.
“We have already highlighted the fact that the method of implementation of the government welfare schemes meant for the marginalised section of the society – which affects their right to life – is a cause of concern for this court. While we are sure that the government welfare schemes are in place, the instructions to implement the welfare schemes must also be in place”, the division bench of the court said.
However, the court added that whether or not there is effective implementation of the government welfare schemes is required to be looked into by the court only in order to ensure that the target group gets the desired benefits emanating from the welfare schemes.
There were media reports recently about the alleged irregular implementation of the income support scheme as many who had registered did not find their names on the list while some did not get the entire amount.
The court asked the Advocate General to convey the observations made by the court to the appropriate authority so that on the next date, the court will be able to resolve the issues, including the vaccination, which centre around the suo motu PIL. The matter will be heard again on June 23.