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Convert all religious buildings to Covid care centers, says PIL in SC

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New Delhi, May 10 (ILNS): A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court to upload, on a web portal, all district-wise data on the Covid pandemic in the country.

The PIL also asks for the conversion of religious buildings and infrastructure and social organizations and charitable trusts into Covid-19 care centres. The PIL also says all funds of such organizations should also be used only for Covid-19 relief. It also wants all ayurvedic, homeopathic, unani and naturopathy hospitals t be converted to Covid-19 care centers. (Manu Gaur Vs Union of India & Ors)

The petition was listed today before the three-judge bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat, but due to technical difficulties, the court couldn’t hear the matter and same was adjourned to May 13 (Thursday).

Another prayer was for orders to the Central Government, Ministry of Health, Nursing / Medical Council and other institutions to extend preference (in completing their degrees/courses/certificates) to those medical students/nurses/medical professionals who are going to complete their courses in an year or so, if they agree to give their services to Covid-19 patients. In addition, the doctors / nurses who are preparing for their further course or entrance examination should be given priority in the entrance examination on serving the Covid-19 patients, so that the shortage of health workers can be dealt with.

The petition also emphasizes that 100% vaccination of home delivery staff, public transport etc. should be done first along with other health care workers.

On the Covid-19 control room the PIL suggested that this should be set up in every district. It said the existing police control room can double up to do that. Provisions should be made for citizens according to the provisions of the National Disaster Management Act. For deaths from Covid-19 appropriate compensation should be given to the family members.

The PIL also states that there are reports that states are reducing testing, because of the long wait for corona testing. Hence the figures are also far less than what is actually happening on the ground. The PIL said that there should be a provision of punishment for those who refuse to do the testing.

This petition also prayed for holding MPs and MLAs accountable with the local administration for the Covid-19 mismanagement and for further arrangements in their constituencies (since salaries, allowances and pensions to them are paid from taxpayers’ money). The petition also emphasizes on the issuance of a guideline for Covid-19 patients to clarify as to who required hospitalization or a Covid-19 care center or who requires home isolation. ILNS\KR\SJ\RJ

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