The Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued several instructions for the state authorities to ensure that all the migrants, entering the state of Uttar Pradesh after lockdown, are identified and monitored on a day to day basis.
The instructions have been passed in a suo moto PIL registered against reports of unhygienic and inhumane conditions of various Quarantine Centers in the state.
The division bench comprising of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma has directed that an officer should be appointed over groups of 400 migrants, to keep a regular check on their health and living conditions.
The court has further asked the government to set up dedicated mobile numbers through which the local residents can inform the State, in case they come across any unidentified resident in their area.
Instructions issued by the court to this effect read as under:
(a) enquire about their well-being through Mobile Numbers which shall be maintained by those officers.
(b) The officers shall on a daily basis enquire about the healths of the persons entered in their lists.
(c) The officers, if they find that food is not being made available to anyone in the list, shall make proper arrangements to see that food is made available.
Furthermore, keeping in view the dissatisfactory report on functioning of Government hospitals in the state, the court has directed the Government to provide information with regard to:
The Court had last week sought a report on availability of requisite medical equipments and adequate number of health workers in Government hospitals, to deal with the COVID-19 situation.
The suo moto case was registered based on an e-mail sent by a practicing Advocate of the High Court, Gaurav K. Gaur, highlighting the "pathetic conditions" at quarantine centers.
Gaur had informed the court that the one Virendra Singh, an engineer by profession, recently succumbed to the COVID-19 infection. He had informed his wife telephonically that the quarantine centre where he and his other family members were lodged did not maintain adequate hygiene.
The matter is now posted for May 18.
Case Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition At Quarantine Centres And For Providing Better Treatment To Corona Positive Respondent
Case No.: PIL No. 574/2020
Quorum: Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddharyh Varma
Appearance: Advocate Gaurav Kumar Gaur (for Petitioner)
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