When will production of rapid testing kits begin, asks HC
Central & State governments directed to clarify on May 18
The Uttarakhand High Court has asked the Central and State governments when the production of rapid testing kits for Covid-19 will begin. The court also directed the state’s chief secretary to instruct the district magistrates to provide necessary cooperation to the court commissioner deputed for inspection of the relief camps. The matter has been listed for hearing next on May 18.
During the hearing on Friday, the progress report was submitted on behalf of the court commissioner. The report informed that the district magistrates are not cooperating with volunteers of the state and district legal service authority in inspecting the relief camps. The petitioner informed the court that as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) notification dated May 14, 10 companies had applied for manufacturing rapid testing kits. Taking cognisance of this, the court has asked the Central and State governments to inform as to when will the production of rapid testing kits begin and when will these be available for patients. The Central and State governments will clarify the status on this on May 18. The matter was heard by the division bench of justices Sudhanshu Dhulia and Ravindra Maithani.
It will be recalled that Haridwar resident Sachidanand Dabral had filed a public interest litigation seeking measures to assist the people affected by the lockdown enforced to control the spread of Covid-19. During the previous hearing of the petition, the advocate general had informed the court there are about 40,000 migrants from other states in Uttarakhand while about two lakh migrants from Uttarakhand had registered online for returning to the state. The court has also asked the government whether it is being able to follow the Food Security Act 2013 and Inter-State Migrant Workmen Act 1979.
Saturday, 16 May 2020 | PNS | Nainital
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