Karnataka Government Scores Victory in Supreme Court, Central Government to Assist Karnataka in Drought Relief

The Central government has informed the Supreme Court that it has been granted permission by the Election Commission of India (ECI) to extend aid to Karnataka in addressing the prevalent drought situation. This disclosure came during the hearing of the case titled State of Karnataka v. Union of India and ors before a Bench comprising Justices BR Gavai and Sandeep Mehta.

Attorney General of India R Venkataramani conveyed to the Bench that the matter would be expedited, indicating potential progress by Monday. The Attorney General emphasized that no further arguments were necessary at this stage, signaling a proactive approach towards resolving the issue.

Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing the State of Karnataka, did not oppose the request for adjournment, highlighting the importance of an amicable resolution within the framework of the federal structure.

The crux of the plea by the Karnataka government revolves around the alleged failure of the Central government to provide financial assistance under the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF). The State contends that this omission has led to a breach of the fundamental rights of the people of Karnataka.

The delay in action by the Union government on the Inter-Ministerial Central Team report, pending for approximately six months, has exacerbated the situation, with the withholding of NDRF benefits adding to the State’s woes, as informed to the apex court.

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