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Supreme Court directs petitioner to approach amicus curiae on state of affairs in Maharashtra

The petitioner has sought the following directions to be issued to the Central Govt & the State Govt to supply:

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The Supreme Court directed the petitioner to make a note of his submissions and give it to Amici with regard to awry & dilapidating state of affairs in the State of Maharashtra. 

During the hearing today Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said give it to the amicus so that the issue can be discussed in a more streamline manner. 

The petitioner has sought the following directions to be issued to the Central Govt & the State Govt to supply: 

  • Oxygen cylinders to all Hospitals of State of Maharashtra (Private or Govt)
  • Vaccines, Remdesivir & other essential drugs to all Hospitals of State of Maharashtra (Private or Govt)
  • Team of doctors & para medical emergency equipment from other States in the State of Maharashtra 

The petitioner also sought directions for monitoring the steps taken by the Central & State Govt to handle the situation of CoVID 19 pandemic in the State of Maharashtra. 

Justices L. Nageswara Rao and S. Ravindra Bhat was also part of the bench. 

The petitioner has submitted that the entire state of machinery of Maharashtra is on the verge of collapse due to onslaught of the ongoing CoVID 19 pandemic in as much as the State of Maharashtra is struggling to provide even basic health facilities to its citizens & large number of people in the state are dying because of lack of Liquid Medical Oxygen, Vaccination & Remdesivir Injection which is used for treating critically ill patients who are infected with CoronaVirus.

It was alleged in the plea that there has been a tremendous surge in the number of CoVID 19 patients in the state & despite utilizing all available resources & exploiting the health & medical infrastructure to its core, the State has been unable to meet the pressing demands on account of lack of doctors, Para Medics, Hospital Beds, ICU’s, Ventilators among other infrastructure facilities. 

To tackle the alarming situation, the state govt has been constantly approaching the central Govt seeking support in the form of allocation/supply of more CoronaVirus Vaccinations that are under the sole & exclusive control of the Central Govt, supply of LMO in the form of oxygen cylinders & also allocation of more doctors & Paramedics which is the worst affected State of the Country where daily count of CoVID 19 positive patients has been above 60,000,” it said. 

The petitioners have also alleged that the Central Govt has been acting in utter remiss & insensitivity in as much as the Central Govt is not taking any measures to safeguard the rights of the people of Maharashtra.

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India is a federal structure where not only the State Govt but also the Central Govt is equally responsible for safeguarding the life of its citizens. The fundamental rights of the people of the State of Maharashtra who are citizens of India as enshrined under Art 21 of the Constitution i.e Right to Life, needs to be safeguarded by the Central & the State Govt,” it said. 

The plea has been filed by Shivshanker Kisanrao Shetakar through Advocate on Record Harisha SR.

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