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No reason to believe work not being done by UP Govt, but it could be more organised: Allahabad HC issues guidelines to curb COVID-19 spread

While it had no reason to believe that the State is not providing proper boarding and lodging to such persons, the Court opined that whatever work is being done may be done in a more organized manner.

Rintu Mariam Biju

The Allahabad High Court recently passed a slew of suggestions while dealing with a suo motu PIL registered over reports of unhygienic and inhumane conditions of various quarantine centres in the state.

After perusing the material on record on this issue, the Bench opined.

"We have ... no reason to believe that the State of Uttar Pradesh is not providing proper board and lodging to persons who have come from outside the State of Uttar Pradesh. However, we sincerely believe that whatever work is being done by the State of Uttar Pradesh may be done in a more organized manner."
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Inter alia, the Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma has also urged the State Authorities to ensure that every migrant who has come from other states to Uttar Pradesh after the COVID-19 lockdown was imposed is properly quarantined for at least, 15 days.

The Court additionally directed the State to check if the quarantine premises are properly sanitized and to ensure the availability of food and other medical facilities for the quarantined persons.

The other guidelines recommended to be incorporated to minimize the contagion include the following:

  • The State may form a composite list of such persons who might be entering in the State of Uttar Pradesh after the lockdown was imposed including migrant workers and others.

  • After preparation of the list, a responsible officer be appointed over every 400 such persons who might have come into the State of Uttar Pradesh after the lockdown was imposed.

  • All appointed officers to maintain a list of those 400 individuals and shall enquire about their well-being through Mobile Numbers which shall be maintained by those officers.

  • The officers shall on a daily basis enquire about the health of the assigned 400 persons. Further, if it is found that food is not being made available to anyone in the list, the officers shall make proper arrangements to resolve the issue.

  • If anyone who enters though the various Highways on personal vehicles have not been located, then the name of that person shall also be incorporated in the list of migrants in the State of Uttar Pradesh from the other States.

  • If any citizen staying in the State finds that there is a person who has come from outside the State of Uttar Pradesh and is not being watched by the State, then s/he may inform the State officials immediately.

  • If any resident of the State feels that someone unknown to him/her is residing in their neighborhood, then he or she shall immediately inform the State authorities. For this purpose the State may publicize Mobile Numbers where information can be sent.

Why are COVID-19 Hospitals not cleaned or sanitized? Court asks State Authorities

The Court also took critical note over the dissatisfactory functioning of Government hospitals in the state. In view of the same, the Bench has directed the State Authorities to provide information on the following:

  • What is the reason that the Covid-19 virus hospitals are neither cleaned nor sanitized despite various orders and directions of the the Court?

  • Why art medical facilities are not being made available in the T B Supru Hospital, the Colvin Hospital and in the 105 other Samudayik Chikitsalayas at Prayagraj?

  • By what date can the State get the art medical facilities in the Colvin/M L N Hospital, T B Sapru Hospital/ Beli Hospital and in the other Prathamik and Samudayik Chikitsalaya Kendras?

The suo moto case was registered based on an e-mail sent by Advocate Gaurav K Gaur, who highlighted the "pathetic condition" of quarantine centers across the State.

Read the order here:

Quarantine migrant workers order.pdf
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