The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Centre and city government on a plea seeking to modify the rules in the National Food Safety Act requiring an applicant to furnish details of Aadhar card or enrolment ID for food security card.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw sought response from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Government NCT of Delhi on the plea and posted the matter for next hearing on August 27.
The PIL, filed by advocate Yogesh Kumar, said that after the National Food Safety Act was implemented in 2013, the Delhi government commenced the process of issuing the national food security card to residents here.
The plea also says that the authorities issued a circular making it mandatory for applicants to compulsorily add details of the Aadhar card or enrolment ID for accepting the application-form.
“In the absence of the same, food and supplies department was not accepting such application-form,” despite the fact that the Supreme Court had held that no person should suffer for not getting the aadhar card, the PIL said.
The plea seeks “direction/order for restraining the respondents for collection of biometric details from the usual residents for enrolment in National Population Register (NPR).
“Direct to Delhi government for accepting applications from all such applicants who visit office of the food and supplies Delhi for submission of application form for issue of food security card under National Food Security Act, 2013 without any condition to part with their enrolment details in the NPR,” the petition said.