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[Quarantine centres] We are conscious of the challenges but all we asked for was for a report: Uttarakhand HC pulls up State govt

The High Court reprimanded the State Government for not filing a detailed report on the conditions of quarantine centres in Uttarakhand as per its last direction issued two weeks ago.

Aishwarya Iyer

The Uttarakhand High Court recently pulled up the Secretary, Health, Government of Uttarakhand for not filing a detailed report about the conditions of the quarantine centres in the state, despite its June 2 order directing the same (Sachdanand Dabral and ors. v. Union of India and others).

The Bench of Justices Ravindra Maithani and Sudhanshu Dhulia observed that "The Secretary, Health has not filed any affidavit before us, nor satisfactory reply has been filed by any of the officers concerned explaining as to why the Government has failed to run these basic level quarantine centers in the State."

Recalling that the reports submitted were not very encouraging, the Court raised concern again that the conditions at these institutional quarantine centers at village level was pathetic, to say the least. In view of this concern, the Bench had asked the State to file a detailed report on its quarantine centres, especially at the village level, and the funding given for them.

Further, the Court had also taken note of the low COVID-19 testing rates. On Wednesday, the Bench was informed that there were only four Government centers where COVID tests could be done and efforts were being made for making testing facility available at other centres as well.

Following up on these directions issued on June 2, the High Court proceeded to make it very clear that the report sought for had to be filed by the Secretary, Health, Government of Uttarakhand by June 22. It observed,

"These are strange and difficult times. We are conscious of the challenges before the Government, which are immense in this crisis. Yet all we asked from them a report."
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Although the entire report was not presented before the Court, the Advocate General SN Babulkar assured the Court that all vital information would be brought on record by Monday.

Further, the Court had also taken note of the low COVID-19 testing rates in the State. On Wednesday, the Bench was informed that there were only four Government centers where COVID tests could be done and efforts were being made for making testing facility available at other centres as well.

The matter will be heard next on June 23.

Read the Order here:

Sachdanand Dabral v Union of India and Ors, order dated 17.6.2020 wpcrl 58 of 2019.pdf
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