Delhi High Court will be hearing a plea seeking action against the manufacturers of faulty PPE kits. Filed by Advocate Amit Jain, the writ petition seeks a direction to be issued to the Health Ministry to initiate legal actions as envisaged under The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 against the manufacturers of faulty/substandard PPE kits under the guise of "COVID-19 kits.
The Petitioner has also asked for the regulation of the import, manufacture, sale and circulation of Personal Protective Equipment Coveralls/kits under the provisions of The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
The Petitioner has argued that the rise in demand for PPE kits has led to the manufacturing of substandard kits which poses serious threats to the frontline health workers and other individuals fighting against the coronavirus.
It is the case of the Petitioner that despite the reporting of multiple instances of manufacturing of faulty PPE kits, no action has been initiated by the Respondents so far under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act.
The petition states:
'Ministry of Textiles took cognisance of the faulty PPE kits being supplied by the local manufacturers and to curb the same it issued further guidelines for the authorised laboratories, thereby prescribing additional conditions and paper work.'
Therefore, the Petitioner has sought court's direction to the Health Ministry to constitute a commission/body to deal with the menace of manufacture, import and supplying of faulty or substandard Personal Protective Equipment coveralls/kits for the purposes of COVID-19.