The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Centre to respond to the suggestions given by Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy for treatment and rehabilitation of those affected by leprosy, and for ensuring that such people are not discriminated against.
The Bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice DY Chandrachud noted that nine out of the eleven suggestions given by Senior Advocate Raju Ramachandran on behalf of Vidhi fell within the executive sphere, and directed Attorney General, Mr. KK Venugopal, to file suggestions on these within four weeks.
All the States have also been asked to filed their response with regard to the steps taken and to be taken, “keeping in view the constitutional goal”. The matter will now be heard after six weeks.
The suggestions were filed pursuant the direction of the Court in its order dated 20 August. In order to finalise the suggestions, Vidhi had also consulted with The Leprosy Mission Trust India (TLMTI), the National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) and other organisations working in this area in different States.
Here is a summary of its suggestions:
Read the Order and Suggestion Here