SC sets up panel on night shelters

  1. SC has asked govt to respond on the lackadaisical attitude shown by authorities in providing sufficient number of night shelters to the poor and homeless in the towns and cities of northern States despite the availability of funds.
  2. In spite of the availability of funds and a clear mechanism through which to disburse them, there was an extremely unsatisfactory state of affairs on ground.
  3. Noting the disparity between the claims of the government and the adverse reports of the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA), the Bench observed that the city’s poor shiver in the winter cold as welfare measures like the National Urban Livelihoods Mission (NULM) scheme continue to remain a distant dream.
  4. The court directed that a committee headed by former Delhi High Court judge Justice Kailash Gambhir be constituted to verify the availability of night shelters, including if they are in compliance with the operational guidelines under the NULM and to inquire into the reasons for slow progress in setting up shelter homes by the States/Union Territories.
  5. Committee shall further inquire about non-utilisation & diversion/misutilisation of funds allocated for the scheme for providing shelters to the urban homeless.
  6.  Committee shall issue suitable recommendations to the States to ensure that at least temporary shelters are provided for the homeless in urban areas to protect them during winter season.

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