Thursday, January 7, 2016

Social service not fundamental right: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court had remarked that social service is not a citizen’s fundamental right. The court made this observation while rejecting the petition filed against a high court order preventing voluntary organisations from conducting ‘annadhanam’ (providing free food to devotees as an offering).

The high court had earlier prevented voluntary organisation from conducting annadhanam at Sabarimala. It directed that the Devaswom board directly do the offering. It was against this that the organisations had approached the Supreme Court.

Stating that social service cannot be seen as a fundamental right, the apex court said the petitioners could move the high court again. Those organisations that would like to donate for annadhanams could handover the amount to Devaswom board.

The high court had earlier given permission to Akhila Bharata Ayyappa Sevasangam, Sree Bhoothanatha Dharmasthapanam Trust and Sabarimala Ayyappa Seva Samajam to do annadhanam, and water distribution. “Annadhanams should be conducted under the supervision of Travancore Devaswom Board and Sabarimala Special Commissioner. Food safety officers can check the quality of food and water distributed, if necessary,” the court had stated. .

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