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Kerala HC asks Central Government why it cannot use the dividend given by RBI to vaccinate all citizens for free [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 27 May 2021 9:09pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Kerala HC asks Central Government why it cannot use the dividend given by RBI to vaccinate all citizens for free [READ ORDER]

The Kerala High Court, during the hearing of two Public Interest Litigations, questioned the Central Government on why it cannot offer free vaccination to all the citizens using the funds transferred by the Reserve Bank of India as a dividend.

The writ petitions challenge the government’s Liberalized Pricing and Accelerated National Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy.

A Division Bench of the High Court comprising Justices K. Vinod Chandran and M.R. Anitha heard the matter.

Referring to newspaper reports, the court questioned Advocate K Rajkumar, Standing Counsel for Central Government, on why the Rs 95,000 Crores dividend received from the Reserve Bank of India cannot be used to provide free vaccines, at least for the poor.

Justices K. Vinod Chandran observed that Rs. 34,000 Crores will be enough to provide vaccines for the 137 Crore population. The judge also observed that even if the use of the money affects the fiscal deficit, that can be recovered once the economy picks up.

The Standing Counsel submitted that the question involves a policy decision and that he will need more time to reply.

 At this point, the court clarified that it is not trying to interfere with policy but just enquiring why the money cannot be used.

Advocate Santhosh Mathew appearing for one of the petitioners submitted that there is an apprehension that private hospitals would not be able to acquire vaccines as supplies are scarce. It was submitted that even though the central government submits that 50% of the production of the vaccines… Continue Reading...

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