A bench of justices Madan B Lokur and SA Bobde issued notice to Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Odisha and Jharkhand governments.
The court passed the order on a plea which sought adequate and timely compensation for crop loss and input subsidy for the next crop to the farmers affected by drought and subsidised cattle fodder for animals.
The court was hearing the PIL filed by Swaraj Abhiyan, a political movement started by former AAP leader Yogender Yadav, alleging that the Centre and states "have been highly negligent in performing their obligations, causing enormous damage to the lives of the people due to their inaction, which is in contravention of the rights guaranteed under Articles 21 and 14 of the Constitution of India."
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Swaraj Abhiyan, said National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 places obligation on the state to provide 5 kg of food grains to each person in the family per month.

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