The Law Commission has expressed the view that Centre and state governments should give top priority to implementation of various Supreme Court judgements aimed at making the right to life meaningful.
The Law Commission, while submitting its 223rd Report on 'Need for Ameliorating the lot of the Have-nots: Supreme Court's Judgements' has expressed the view that the Union and the state governments "should accord top priority to implementation of the judgements rendered by the Supreme Court in their letter and spirit in order that the lot of the have-nots is ameliorated."
According to the report, in a large number of cases, the Supreme Court has considered the scope of Article 21 of the Constitution, which assures right to life. To make right to life meaningful and effective, the Supreme Court put up expansive interpretation and brought within its ambit a myriad of rights.
Various laws have been enacted to eradicate poverty: some of them directly deal with them and some of them indirectly. "Nevertheless, their tardy implementation makes us lag behind in effectively dealing with the problem," the report, submitted to Law minister H R Broadway, added.
The report lamented that "in spite of the constitutional safeguards and state legislative intervention in favour of the poor and the needy, their socio-economic condition is deteriorating. Social and economic equality still remains a mirage for them."