News By/Courtesy: Jeffy Johnson | 31 Mar 2020 22:03pm IST

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  • To ensure that testing facilities COVD 19 be free for all the citizens of India
  • The constitutionality of Article 14 and 21
  • Privatisation will only affect the weaker section of the society

Supreme Court has informed the Centre to ensure that testing facilities COVD 19 be free for all the citizens of India. This direction was given on the account of the public interest litigation filed by S D Sudhi. The petition states that there is a need for free facilities on the grounds of escalating mortality and morbidity rate. Concerning this PIL, it is ascertained that ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) has fixed the cost for testing and screening kits at INR 4500 of the COVD 19 virus which according to the petitioner is unreasonable as well as discriminatory in nature. Therefore, it can be clearly stated that it is violative of Article 14 and 21 of the Indian Constitution. The petitioner believes that the Central Government has been irrational and arbitrary concerning the testing facilities for COVD 19. The guarantee of legitimacy should be prevailing to carry out the tests. It is contended by the petitioner that the Centre must ensure NABAL or ICMR are conducted in accredited or registered centres. In furtherance, the hospitals should possess proper facilities and no shortage of ventilators. Since the Centre is not well equipped to deal with the increasing number of COVD 19 cases it is transferring the responsibility in private entities. The heavy price of this falls on the common people of the country making it not affordable to them. It is mentioned in the petition that the virus caused the pandemic is seriously affecting the lives of the citizens. In such an extraordinary fatality where the entire country is lockdown and the government hospitals are full. The common citizens are in grave danger as they have no other option than to pay the capped amount to private hospitals although it's off their league. It is also stated that there should be more isolation and testing centres to meet the COVD 19 outbreak. The PIL suggests that there is a need for greater thermal screening to ensure that the virus is detected soon. It even stated that there should be temporary beds in hospitals in the rural areas of the country. India is a highly populated country privatisation will only affect the weaker section of the society. Right to life guaranteed by the Constitution includes the right to health also. It is the constitutionally the responsibility of the State to ensure the availability of resources at such emergencies and it cannot negate itself from such duties.   

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 31 Mar 2020 23:32pm IST


Tags : #COVID 19 #PIL

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