A division bench of justice R Mahadevan and justice J Sathya Narayana Prasad sought the response while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Swamimalai Sundara Vimal Nathan, district secretary of the Thanjai Maavatta Cauvery Farmers Protection Association.
The petitioner stated that the state government is distributing Pongal gift hampers to rice card holders and to the families residing in the Sri Lankan refugee camps in the state. He stated that the Pongal gift hamper consists of the following products: 1kg of raw rice, 1kg sugar, a two feet long sugarcane, cashew, dry grapes and cardamom.
The government is procuring products for the gift hampers from the other states. This could result in procuring low quality products and would lead to huge corruption. This apart, it would also result in spoiling the image of the government and leaving the people dissatisfied.
The petitioner stated that products for the gift hampers should be procured directly from the farmers in the state at a fair price. It will be of great benefit to the farmers. Though he had submitted a representation in this regard to the authorities, the same was not considered.
Hence, the petitioner moved HC Madurai bench.