Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Saturday mentioned that destitute and beggars should also work for the nation as everything cannot be supplied to them by the state.
A division panel of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni mentioned this while prompting of public interest litigation (PIL) lodged by one Brijesh Aarya, seeking directions to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to supply nutritious meals thrice a day, potable water, shelter and clean public toilets for vagabonds, beggars and poor people in the city.
The BMC briefed the court that food packets were being dispersed to such people all over Mumbai with the support of NGOs, and sanitary napkins were being furnished to the women from this section of the society.
The court welcomed this submission and stated no further direction is required to supplement the distribution.
“They (homeless persons) should also work for the nation. Everyone is working. Everything cannot be rendered by the state. You (petitioner) are just flooding the population of this section of the society,” the high court said.
The court also elevated inquiry on the petitioner, saying that admitting all the prayers sought in the petition would be like a “welcome to people not to work”.
The court, in its decree, noted that public toilets in the city and across the state presently charge a minimum amount for usage, and instructed the Maharashtra government to consider allowing destitutes to use such facilities free of charge.
“We instruct the state government to look if the vagabonds can use these toilets free of charge,” the committee said.
The bench also noted that the prayer lacks details of who a vagabond is, the community of vagabonds in the city and so on.