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Supreme Court refuses to give character certificate for pathetic COVID preparedness, SC reproached Manipur Govt

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The Supreme Court on Monday reproached the Manipur government because of the “pathetic” conditions in the quarantine centers for the COVID patients. It said that no “character certificate would be given to the government.” Stating that High Courts were working on ensuring justice during the pandemic, the supreme court refused to have interference with the orders passed against the State government.

Betterment of quarantine centers

DY Chandrachud, Hima Kohli, and Vikram Nath, a bench of justice were hearing a reconsideration of the Manipur government against the two orders passed by the Manipur High Court over a PIL asking for better facilities at hospitals and quarantine centers.

“We are not going to give you a character certificate. High Courts were bastions of ensuring justice during the COVID-19 period. Sorry, we are not going to interfere with the orders,” the bench said, dismissing the plea.

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“Your facilities at the COVID-19 centers were pathetic. You did not have separate bathrooms for men and women. Even bedrolls were changed after 15 days. There were no doctors’ visits to the quarantine centers. The High Court has passed very much calibrated and restraining orders, we are not going to interfere with them,” said the Supreme court bench. 

On July 16, 2020, The High Court had ruled that the State Government should consider establishing different expert committees, in all the major Departments to collect relevant data, information, discussion should take place with the stakeholders including farmers, entrepreneurs, workers and estimate the impact of the deadly pandemic crisis. After that, the committees can submit the reports with the remedial measures that have been suggested to the State Government so effective actions can be taken.

HC pulling up Manipur Govt

The Supreme court had directed the Manipur Government for sharing all the relevant information, with the general public without any discrimination relating to any action taken towards fighting the COVID-19 crisis including the expenditure of public money, manpower, infrastructure, facilities provided to the quarantine centers, and most importantly the institutional quarantine centers.

The Government was also directed by the High court to frame exhaustive rules and regulations to regulate its functioning to fight against the pandemic and modify the existing SOP, depending upon the changes in circumstances.

Manipur CM established e-ILP platform to manage Inner Line Permits effectively

An Inner Line Permit platform had been established, stated N Biren. He further mentioned it was established with DIG (Intelligence) so the appropriate entry and exit readings can be ensured and also track overstay. He said that in several cases, the officials had discovered guests with visas that have been overstayed and renewal is needed. CM N Biren Singh talked about the new system which will allow mobile tracking of defaulters and will be assisting to take the required measures.

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