While the litigation of a case on the Right to Food is continuing, interim orders are issued by the Supreme Court. The most significant among these orders are on “food schemes” which refer explicit food entitlement and or cash assistance to every one particularly to the poorest of the poor.

Below is each scheme's main features:

Food schemes are converted by the Supreme Court into “legal entitlements” in its order dated 28 November 2001. Embedded in this order is a direction to State Governments to fully implement them according to official guidelines.

Meanwhile, a law - Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Employment Act (MGNREGA) - which provides a work guarantee to the rural people deemed the most destitute segment of the population is enacted to improve their purchasing power and eventually alleviate their poverty.


Destitute migrant family in Delhi