The Allahabad High Court has directed the Government Counsel to inform the court a definite date and intended programme would be placed before the Court as to when and how the vaccination for the elimination of COVID-19 would be done in the State of Uttar Pradesh.
A Bench of Hon’ble Justice Siddhartha Varma and Hon’ble Justice Ajit Kumar of Allahabad High Court is monitoring the situation of COVID 19 in Uttar Pradesh through a public interest litigation.
The Court has expressed its dissatisfaction with the plan submitted by the Chief Secretary of UP Government and Chief Medical Officer Prayagraj regarding arrangements for Magh Mela 2021 for prevention of spread of COVID19.
The Bench observed:
“After having gone through the instructions, we are not convinced, at all, that the steps which are being taken by the State, would be sufficient to stop the infection if it came through someone who entered inside Prayagraj with it. By the next date, the State may come up with fullproof methods by which it intended to control the spread of the infection. They may keep in mind that such congregations during month of Magh are very large in number and if even one infected person sneaks inside the City he can create havoc.”
On the issue of construction of place of worship on public land the Court has directed the Chief Secretary to file an affidavit explaining as to how and in what manner such places of worship which had been constructed over the public land had to be removed.
Next date of hearing is 12.01.2021