Breaking- COVID-19- ‘Those In Helm Of Governance Are To Be Blamed For Present Chaotic Health Problems’: Allahabad HC Imposes Lockdown In 5 Cities Till April 26

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking- COVID-19- ‘Those In Helm Of Governance Are To Be Blamed For Present Chaotic Health Problems’: Allahabad HC Imposes Lockdown In 5 Cities Till April 26 Sparsh Upadhyay19 April 2021 5:25 AMShare This – xNoting that the recent surge of pandemic COVID-19 has virtually incapacitated all medical infrastructure in the State of U.P. and especially in cities like Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur, the Allahabad High Court on Monday (April 19) imposed Lockdown in these cities till April 26. The Bench of Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma today…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNoting that the recent surge of pandemic COVID-19 has virtually incapacitated all medical infrastructure in the State of U.P. and especially in cities like Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur and Gorakhpur, the Allahabad High Court on Monday (April 19) imposed Lockdown in these cities till April 26. The Bench of Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma today observed, “Before (the Pandemic) further spirals to engulf in it the entire population of these badly hit districts, it is necessary to take some harsh steps in larger public interest.” While imposing the Lockdown, the Court did observe that putting lockdown to public activities was a matter, purely in the nature of policy decision by the concerned government, however, since no concrete plan had yet been chalked out by the Government of UP, the Court had to step in. Regarding the inaction of the State Government, the High Court said that the limitation of the government in creating infrastructure forthwith to meet the challenge of COVID-19 was understandable, however, the Court also opined that before all efforts are translated into action much water would have flown under the bridge to the utter dismay of a large population of have nots. The Court further observed, “We are of the view that in a democracy there are legitimate expectations from the government to adopt measures to meet public health issues like all other issues of public interest. Public interest expects judiciary to remain vigilant to all the issues which if not addressed to in time, will result in the failure of the system which is meant to safeguard public interest.” In a stringent remark, the Court pulled up the UP Government and said, “Those in the helm of affairs of governance are to be blamed for the present chaotic health problems and more so when there is a democracy which means a government of the people, by the people and for the people.” Further, the Court also stated that if people die of pandemic in a large number due to paucity of sufficient medical aid it would be the governments to blame which failed to counter the pandemic even after one long year of experience and learning. “One would only laugh at us that we have enough to spend on elections and very little to spend on public health”, added the Court. Lamenting at the present state of affairs, the Court also remarked, “One cannot even imagine what will happen if only 10% of the city population gets infected and needs medical help in hospitals. How the government will manage with the presently existing infrastructure is anybody’s guess.” The Court called it a shame that while the Government knew of the magnitude of the second wave it never planned things in advance. Importantly, the Court said, “You may have grocery shops with full of eatables and industries which produce bikes and cars but all this won’t be of any use if your medical shops run out of stock of life saving drugs like Remdesvire in the current surge of pandemic.” The Court also recorded its displeasure at the way government and the State Election Commission proceeded to hold election forcing teachers and other government staff to perform duties exposing themselves to the threat of pandemic that looms large these days. The police was virtually shifted to polling places giving priority to election above public health.Significantly, the Court observed,”In any civilized society, if public health system is not able to meet the challenges and people die for want of proper medication, it means there has been no proper development. Health and education go side-byside.” Court’s direction for 5 Cities Noting that public health was the top most priority and call of the moment and any complacency of any degree today would cause havoc to people, the Court remarked “We can’t shirk away from our constitutional duty to save innocent people from the pandemic which is spreading due to the negligence of a few.” Additionally, the Court also remarked, “If popular government has its own political compulsions in not checking public movements during this pandemic, we cannot remain mere passive spectators.” The Court passed the following directions in respect of cities of Prayagraj, Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur Nagar and Gorakhpur, and the government was directed to strictly enforce them forthwith: All establishments be it government or private, except financial institutions and financial departments, medical and health services, industrial and scientific establishments, essential services including municipal functions, and public transport, shall remain closed till 26th April, 2021;The judiciary will however, function on its own discretion; All shopping complexes and malls shall remain closed till 26th April, 2021; All grocery shops and other commercial shops excluding medical shops, with more than three workers shall remain closed till 26th April, 2021; All hotels, restaurants and even the small eating points on thelas etc. shall remain closed till 26th April, 2021; All institutions like educational institutions and other institutions relating to other disciplines and activities be it government, semi government or private shall remain closed including for their teachers and instructors and other staff till 26th April, 2021 (this direction is for the whole of Uttar Pradesh); No social functions and gatherings including marriage functions shall be permitted till 26th April, 2021. All religious activities in public of any kind is directed to remain suspended till 26th April, 2021; All religious establishments of any kind are directed to remain closed till 26th April, 2021; All hawkers including fruits and vegetable vendors, milk vendors and bread vendors, shall go off the road by 11 AM every day till 26th April, 2021; All public movements on roads would remain restricted completely, subject to above directions. Movements would be only allowed in case of medical help and emergencies. In addition to the above directions, we direct the State Government to go robust for implementing the current vaccination programme. Apart from issuing these directions, the Court, once again directed the government to consider imposition of a complete lockdown in the entire state for at least a period of two weeks. “This would not only break the chain of the spread of the virus but would also give respite to health workers”, said the Court. The matter has been posted for further hearing on 26th April 2021.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Storylast_img read more