On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court while hearing the PIL on COVID management, took up the issue of grievance of the general public regarding mismanagement of COVID in Uttar Pradesh.
The Court found that everyday news are coming and videos are surfacing on social media regarding something or other related to COVID mis-management, be it death of COVID patient or lack of infrastructure and life saving drugs in the hospitals. Therefore it is required that a committee at District level should monitor these things.
The Bench of Justice Siddharth Varma and Justice Ajith Kumar, has directed that:
“In every district of the State three member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee shall be formed and that would include Chief Judicial Magistrate or a judicial officer of similar rank to be nominated by the District Judge, Professor of a Medical College to be nominated by the Principal of Medical College and if there is no medical college then a level-3/4 doctor of district hospital to be nominated by Chief Medical Superintendent of that district hospital and an administrative officer of the rank of Additional District Magistrate to be nominated by the District Magistrate.
This three member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee shall come into existence within 48 hours of passing of this order and necessary directives to this effect shall be issued by the Chief Secretary (Home), U.P. to all the District Magistrates.
Similarly in rural areas complaint can be made directly to SDM of concerned Tehsil who shall transmit the same to Pandemic Public Grievance Committee. The Pandemic Public Grievance Committee shall also take the trouble of looking into all the viral news itself.”