A division bench of Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Verma, during the hearing on Wednesday of several petitions filed in relation to the state government’s handling of the COVID situation, asked whether social distancing for people who are denied vaccination due to lack of identity cards. A district level task force can be formed with the help of the welfare department.
The court said that the possibility of setting up a system on priority basis to reach out to the people in remote hilly areas should be explored. Not only this, the court also suggested the state government to constitute a panel of ASHA workers, home guards and nurses to conduct door-to-door survey to vaccinate the remote population in such areas.
Taking cognizance of private hospitals charging arbitrary money from Kovid patients for treatment, the court asked for the need to issue an order again clarifying the maximum fee in this regard. The court said that legal action should be taken against the hospitals which charge more than the patients.
The High Court asked the state government to conduct an audit of ventilators and ICU equipment available in government hospitals to find out how many ventilators and equipment are unused and the reasons behind it.
The court also asked the state government to file its full report in view of complaints of alleged irregularities in the Kovid investigations during May 2021. Apart from this, the government has also been asked to audit the deaths in the second wave of corona.
The court also asked the state government to make arrangements for the third wave of corona by making isolation centers at the village level and take the help of influential people of the state to spread awareness about it.
The court ordered the state tourism secretary Dilip Jawalkar to appear in the court on June 16, the next date of hearing in the matter and said that cordial atmosphere should be maintained between the Chardham management, government and the priests.
The court expressed dissatisfaction with the affidavit filed by Jawalkar and said that the “tourism secretary is simply sitting in Dehradun, assessing the circumstances and discharging his minimum obligations by issuing a letter, while keeping in view the upcoming Chardham Yatra and tourist season, the ground realities”. He should have visited Chardham to understand this.’