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Calcutta HC directs WB govt to file affidavit on COVID-related health facilities

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Kolkata, May 11 (ILNS) The Calcutta High Court has directed the West Bengal government to file an affidavit before it, disclosing the exact state of affairs as well as the facilities, medicines, infrastructure and the vaccination drive already started within the state, to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Division Bench of Justices Harish Tandon and Shampa Sarkar was hearing a Public Interest Litigation filed by Dipika Sarkar, alleging that the state Legislative elections led to the spread of Novel Coronavirus in the state.

The High Court observed that though the issues raised in the PIL have been diluted to some extent after the declaration of the Assembly poll result and the role of the Election Commission as on the date is over, but the Court feels that due to the surge in COVID-
19 cases within the state, the west Bengal government shall ensure all facilities, treatment and the infrastructure required to combat such situation.

Therefore, the Court further directed that the state shall also ensure extension of adequate medical facilities to the affected persons and speeding up the vaccination drive
in terms of various circulars and/or the Government Orders issued in this regard.

“The learned Additional Solicitor General shall also disclose by way of an affidavit, the steps taken by the Central Government in the perspective of the State of West Bengal and the proposed plan of action for the affected persons on the next date,” the Court ordered, while posting the matter for next week. ILNS/KR/RJ

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