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Telangana HC Questions State Government on The High Prices of Personal Protection Equipment During Covid-19 [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 14 May 2021 10:21pm

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The Telangana High Court on Tuesday (11/05/2021) pulled up the state government on the high prices of drugs/injections, PPE kits, masks, goggles, face shield, shoe cover, gowns etc. The matter came up before the court in two separate writ petitions filed by two advocates R. Sameer Ahmed and Thirumala Rao respectively.

The first writ petition questioned the state government for not providing complete Personal Protection Equipment like N-95 mask, PPE kits etc for Doctors and Health Staff while testing suspected Covid-19 positive individuals. The other petition sought directions for free testing and treatment for Covid-19 in both private and public establishments. 

The matter was considered by a bench comprising of Chief Justice Hima Kholi and Justice B. Vijaysen Reddy.

The matter which was originally posted for hearing on 13th May 2021 was preponed after taking cognizance of the video footage which showed complete non-compliance with the Covid-19 guidelines. The court also took cognizance of news reports that the state government has blocked the entry of ambulances from other states in violation of the rights of the citizens under Article 15, 19(1)(d) and 21 of the Constitution of India.

At the beginning of the hearing, the court questioned the state government on imposing increasing restrictions even when the data submitted by the state painted a rosy picture of declining Covid-19 cases. The Advocate General informed the court that the state cabinet is scheduled to meet later to discuss Covid-19 management. At this point, the court adjourned the matter to the post-lunch session. 

In the post-lunch session,… Continue Reading...


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