Arguments of the Petitioner
The PIL was filed by Advocate Naresh Maimom. It was related to the issues arising because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The petitioner highlighted the issues faced by the people of Manipur due to lack of oxygen and poor hospital infrastructure.
Analysis of the Court
The bench observed that in the case Union of India vs. Rakesh Malhotra & another [Special Leave Petition (Civil) Diary No.11622 of 2021] the Honourable Supreme Court of India had formulated a twelve-member task force to deal with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic based on specialized scientific knowledge. The task force has formed sub-committees based on each state. It was the duty of the task force to ensure the supply of oxygen and drugs throughout the country based on projected demands likely during the pandemic. The task force will have to formulate a scientific methodology for the allocation of liquid oxygen. The court observed that the verdict of the apex court was very comprehensive.
The Court refused to interfere in the allocation of oxygen and medicines and placed its faith in the task force. The court instructed the state government to make appropriate movement arrangements during the curfew for the supply of essentials to the patients during curfew. The union government was instructed to indicate the steps taken by them in pursuant to the Supreme Court order.
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