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PIL filed Before Supreme Court Seeks Revival of PSUs that Manufacture Vaccines to Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Shortage

Lawstreet Journal 24 May 2021 8:44pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary PIL filed Before Supreme Court Seeks Revival of PSUs that Manufacture Vaccines to Combat COVID-19 Vaccine Shortage

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by Advocate Satya Mitra before the Supreme Court asking for the revival of Public Sector Units (PSUs) to manufacture vaccines, including the ones for COVID-19.

The Plea sought directions from the Central government to revive the vaccine PSUs by issuing a license for Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant units, use their full creation capacities by the placement of procurement orders, give the PSUs functional autonomy for the full execution of the Javid Chowdhary's last report proposals.

It is submitted in the PIL that in 2009 when plea asked for restarting of suspended PSUs, the government rejected the plea by stating that PSUs are not good manufacturer practices (GMP) complaint in response to grievance claiming that the government of India and certain ministers “willfully sabotaging the public sector units producing drugs and vaccines for private pharma companies with a corrupt motive”.

The plea remarked that,

“It was expected from Respondent No. 1 to respect the order made to this Hon'ble Court by guaranteeing revival of vaccines PSUs. Sadly, that has not occurred and these vaccines producing facilities that were taking into account 80-85% of the country's vaccine demand before their suspension kept on moping inefficiently regardless of their modernization and limit expansion”.

The plea further affirms that three central level PSUs which took into account 80% of the Universalization Immunization Program Vaccine supply, were discretionarily closed down in 2008 on orders of the Drug Controller General of India. The mala fide nature… Continue Reading...

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