The Commissioners work in the purview of their mandates entrenched in the interim orders relevant to the Right to Food Case. These mandates include:
- Monitoring the implementation of interim orders issued by the Supreme Court relevant to the case;
- Reviewing and analyzing the performance of the Central and the State Governments in implementing schemes and programs related to the case.
- Investigating reported complaints and local failures in the discharge of food programs, as well as starvation deaths;
- Making recommendations to respective State Governments and to the Supreme Court on ensuring the respect, protection, and fulfillment of the right to food of the people.
The details of the Commissioners’ work are discussed in the Commissioners’ Booklet.
Below are the Commissioners to the Supreme Court. Both are members of the National Advisory Council, an advisory body set up to advice the government concerning its social policies.
Dr. Naresh Chandra Saxena is installed as Commissioner to the Supreme Court on the Right to Food Case due to his broad experience and overwhelming credentials on relevant fields. Dr. Saxena had worked as Secretary of the Planning Commission in 1999-2002 and Secretary of the Rural Development in 1997-99.
Shri. Harsh Mander is appointed as Special Commissioner to the Supreme Court due to his unsurpassed achievements in advancing human rights and social justice. He is mainly associated with social causes and movements pertaining to communal harmony, tribals rights, dalits entitlements, disability rights, the right to information, custodial justice, homeless people, and bonded labour.