- Hearing of vaccine policy, the Supreme Court gave advice to the Center
- Asked the Center, are you putting yourself on the One Nation policy?
- People are not getting vaccination slots in the absence of smart phones
The Supreme Court said during the hearing on the vaccine policy that the central government would have to understand the real situation. You smell coffee You have to see what is happening in the country. You have to focus on ground reality. Accordingly, our policy should be changed. in India
Supreme question on the Centre’s Vaccine Policy …. What is the Centre’s Vaccine Policy?
During the hearing of the case, the Supreme Court asked the Central Government what is its vaccine policy. Actually, a global tender is being issued by all the states for the purchase of the vaccine related to Corona. In this context, the Supreme Court questioned the Central Government about its dual vaccine policy.
Supreme court presented on behalf of central government Solicitor General Tushar Mehta Said that global tender is being issued by many states for the purchase of Corona vaccine. Is all this part of the policy of the Central Government. Then the Center told the Supreme Court that by the end of this year, those who are in need will be vaccinated. The Center is in talks with companies like Pfizer. If she succeeds, the vaccination deadline may also change by the end of the year.
If India is a Union of States, are you putting yourself on the One Nation policy?
A bench headed by Justice DY Chandrachud said whether 50 per cent of the people in the age group of 18 to 45 are capable of purchasing the vaccine. The Supreme Court stated that Article-1 of the Constitution states that India is the Union of State. When the constitution says so, the government should buy and distribute the vaccine. States should not leave their responsibility to it.
The Supreme Court questioned the central government as to what is India’s vaccine policy. Are you putting yourself on the One Nation policy and buying vaccines for the states or putting the responsibility on the states. The central government said that if bought in bulk, the price may come down. Then the Supreme Court said that if what you are saying is correct then why are the states paying higher prices. It is required that the price of the vaccine should be uniform across the country. The epidemic has increased significantly in the last two months.
People are not getting vaccination slots in the absence of smart phones
The Supreme Court, during the hearing of the vaccination case, also said that it is a matter of concern that people are not getting slots for vaccination. It is mandatory to register for vaccination on the Kovin app to get the vaccine slot. But there are a large number of people in the country who do not have a smart phone nor internet, in such a situation they are being deprived of getting a vaccine slot.
You are constantly talking about Digital India and Digital India. But, you do not know ground reality. The Supreme Court has told the Solicitor General that there is a digital division in the country. The court said that you have the registration process. But, how will you respond to the digital division? How would you respond to the migrant laborers who are moving from one state to another.
In fact, the central government had said in its affidavit that registration is needed to keep track of the doses to be taken across the country. It is important to see which type of vaccine was given. The center said that for those who do not have digital access, the common center of the village and the friend or NGO help. The Supreme Court said that there is a fear in the mind of the people that they are not getting slots. Justice Chandrachud said that we have also received such calls.
Digital Literacy in India is a distant thing…
The Supreme Court questioned whether it is mandatory for everyone to register in Kovin. Is this realistically possible? Is this possible in a rural area. How would you expect this from the poor living in the village? Our own law clerks and friends have tried. If people have problems then we expect you to see it. Digital literacy is a very distant thing in India.
Justice Chandrachud said that I am the chairman of the e-committee and we have seen what are the problems. The court told the central government that you have to adopt a flexible attitude and keep an ear on the ground. Is the system of registration at the Common Center in the village also practical? The court questioned that there is a digital division in the rural area. In the rural area you have said that the people of the village should be registered through NGOs on the Kovin app. We want to know how it works.
Justice Chandrachud said that you (Central Government) please smell coffee. If we had to do it, we would have done it 15 days ago. We want you to smell the copy and realize what is happening in the country and make necessary changes.
You wake up and smell the coffee and see what is happening in the country: SC
On the vaccine policy, the Solicitor General in the Supreme Court said that it is a policy matter and the court has limited powers for judicial review. Then the Supreme Court said that we are not making policy. We have an order of April 30 in the case of vaccination and you cannot just say that you are the central government and you know what is right and what is wrong. We have strong hands for these things. Keep your attitude flexible. We are not making policy. We are saying that you should wake up and smell the coffee and see what is happening in the country. We are only looking at a dual-cost vaccine policy. You are asking states to take the vaccine and come in competition. Then the Solicitor General also said that it is wrong to say that states have competition for each other to get the vaccine.
Task force has already been formed before the order of the Supreme Court
On May 8, during the Corona epidemic, the National Task Force was set up by the Supreme Court to streamline oxygen supply and allocation across the country. The National Task Force will make its recommendations to ensure the availability of essential medicines from oxygen allocation. The Supreme Court constituted a 12-member National Task Force. Its members include veterans in the health and medical fields.
The Supreme Court said that until the recommendation of the task force is made, oxygen allocation will continue to be done as per the order of the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The Supreme Court has asked the National Task Force to start work immediately and make recommendations within a week. Also, the Supreme Court was questioned about the vaccine policy.