State Government to explore the possibility of vaccinating one and all, door to door vaccination program and night curfew: Allahabad High Court issue directions to ensure strict compliance of COVID-19 guidelines
Allahabad High Court in its order dated 06.04.2021, issue directions to all District Magistrates to ensure strict compliance of Government guidelines against COVID-19 and asks the State Government to check the viability of vaccinating all and not just citizens above 45 years, in addition to door to door vaccination program and night curfew to check social gatherings.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma, while issuing directions, noted that, “Though the State Government has taken necessary steps to meet the threat of the second wave of COVID-19, but it is noticed that the directions given by the State have not been complied with by the public at large and that is an issue of concern.”
The matter has been further listed for hearing on 08.04.2021.
Following are the directions issued;
- District Administration including Police Authorities are once again earnestly get into action and see that there is 100 per cent masking in every district of the State of Uttar Pradesh. The Director General of Police should on his own level chalk out a programme for this purpose.
- District Administration including Police Authorities should see that no crowding takes place in any place all over the State of U.P. If it finds that any particular place is likely to get crowded, then it should cordon off that area and see that people do not huddle.
- The Panchayat Raj Elections should also be conducted in such a manner that no congregation of people takes place. Be it nomination, be it canvassing or be it the actual voting, it should be seen that all COVID-19 protocols are observed.
The Bench also added, “The State Government may also examine viability to provide masks and sanitizers to one by utilising the amount recovered on account of violation of COVID-19 protocol. General public should also realise its responsibility towards the COVID-19 protocol.”
Case Title: In-Re Inhuman Condition at Quarantine Centres and For Providing Better Treatment v. State of UP | PIL No. 574 of 2020