Taking care of mother, children statutory duty of MCD: HC
New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) The MCD has a statutory duty to see that women and children are properly looked after, the Delhi High Court said and dismissed a PIL seeking a direction to the civic agency not to build a Maternity and Child Welfare Home to prevent "wastage" of public money.
"Taking care of the child is national duty. No one should forget that the child is the father of man.It is the duty of MCD to see that women and children are properly looked after.It is the women who nourish and foster the children who eventually build the nation," said a Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan. "We really fail to fathom when a centre for maternity home and child welfare is established to serve the cause of the women and children who really need help and assistance, how can the same amount to wastage of public exchequer," the Bench said and dismissed the PIL.
The Delhi Anusuchit Jati Vikas Sangathan, a registered society, through a PIL sought a direction prohibiting MCD from spending Rs 2.50 crore and a land measuring 1000 square metre in B Block, JJ colony-II in Nangloi area as the same land was earmarked for construction of a school.
"When an effort has been made to take care of mothers, it is unfathomable how someone can come up and make such a grievance," the Bench said.