HC relaxes stay on Rs 1000 Pongal gift

HC relaxes stay on Rs 1000 Pongal gift

In a breather to the Tamil Nadu government, the Madras high court today relaxed its earlier order restricting distribution of Rs 1,000 Pongal cash gift to ration card holders belonging to below poverty line and low-income group only.

The High Court said in its order: “Since a responsible officer has submitted through a sworn affidavit that those with non-priority household only for sugar (NPHH-S) cards also fall under the below poverty line category, we are permitting the government to distribute to distribute the cash gift to balance 5,98,772 falling under this category.”

The Tamil Nadu government Thursday filed a modification plea in the Madras High Court seeking to add one more category of ‘sugar cards’ to the green list, a day after it stayed the distribution of Rs 1,000 in cash as Pongal gift to all ration card holders.

A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam had Wednesday passed an interim order restraining the state government from distributing the cash gift to non-priority household only for sugar (NPHH-S) and no commodity (NC) category of ration card holders.

The petition filed by Food and Consumer Protection Secretary Dayanand Kataria stated that there were five categories of ration cards in the State.

Passing interim orders on a public interest litigation petition filed against doling out cash gifts to all ration cardholders irrespective of their economic status, the court had on Wednesday permitted the State to disburse money to only three categories of ration cardholders.