UP: 135 teachers died in panchayat election duty, High Court rebuke, who is responsible, why should not action be taken?

[Edited By: Vijay]

Wednesday, 28th April , 2021 03:51 pm

The cases of corona infection in Prayagraj-Uttar Pradesh are constantly increasing. In the midst of such a corona crisis, cases of death of 135 teachers engaged in panchayat election duty have come to light. Taking cognizance of the death of the teachers, the Allahabad High Court has issued a notice to the State Election Commission. The High Court also asked the Commission why action should not be taken against you and your officials for not implementing the covid protocols during the Panchayat elections? The court has asked the Commission and its 27 officers to ask for clarification, how the Commission failed to follow the covid guideline during the panchayat elections? The court said why not punish them for this.

The High Court stated in a very strict manner that, "When the virus had weakened in the late 2020s, the government was busy holding panchayat elections. If it had worked continuously to stop the infection, the government wouldn’t have face a second wave today. If we still ignore people's health problems and leave them to die, then the generations to come will never forgive us.

High court order on oxygen crisis

On the oxygen crisis, the court made a strong comment, saying that it is a shame that even after seven decades of independence; we are not able to give oxygen to the people. The court has directed the state government to issue health bulletin twice a day in view of the rising outbreak of corona in the state.

This bulletin should be issued in connection with large government hospitals located in Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Agra, Kanpur Nagar, Gorakhpur and Jhansi, so that people can get information about the health of patients. The court has asked hospitals to use large screens so that people can know the condition of patients.

Information about the beds on the district portal

The court has also asked the government through district portal to ensure how many beds is in government or private hospitals in ICU and covid wards. This order has been given by a division bench of Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar while hearing a PIL of the Corona case. The court stated that a patient cannot be discharged from the hospital only on the basis of negative reports of antigen, as the patient may also be infected for other reasons.

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