Himachal Pradesh high court directed the district controller, food civil supplies and consumer affairs, Kullu, to provide provisional consumer cards/ration cards to Nepalese applicants and other migrant labourers in Kullu district and supply all the essential articles to them as are given to other ordinary ration card holders for six months.
The directions were issued by a division bench comprising chief justice Kurian Joseph and justice Rajiv Sharma during the hearing of a petition filed by Mool Pravah Akhil Bharat Nepal Ekta Samaj, Kullu, seeking directions to government for supplying ration cards to Nepalese residing in Kullu so that they could purchase essential commodities from fair price shops.
District controller, food civil supplies and consumer affairs, Kullu, in his reply, had stated that there was no provision in HP Specified Articles (Regulation of Distribution) Order, 2003, to issue permanent ration cards to such persons.
However, under its Clause 10(4), temporary ration cards could be issued to those persons, who have no fixed or identifiable place of dwelling, on payment of required fee. He also informed the court that the state government had sought clarification from the Central government in this regard five years ago and a response was still awaited.
The court directed the Central government to give clarification to state government and to file a reply within two months and also directed the director, food and civil supplies, Himachal Pradesh to provide required quantity of essential articles to district controller, food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, Kullu.