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‘Chalk out plan for door-to-door vax drive’

PRAYAGRAJ: Emphasising the need to combat the second wave of Covid-19, the Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed the district administration and police authorities to once again get into action and ensure there is 100 per cent adherence to safety protocols across the state.
The court directed the director general of police to chalk out a programme at his own level to ensure compliance of its order.
The high court also directed the state government to check the feasibility of vaccination for one and all and not for just people aged above 45. “The government should check the viability of inoculating students who will take the high school and intermediate exam. In fact, a door-to-door vaccination programme should be chalked out,” the court said. It also asked the government to examine the possibility of night curfew to check late evening gatherings.
Hearing a PIL relating to Covid-19, a division bench comprising Chief Justice Govind Mathur and Justice Siddhartha Varma asked the district administration and police authorities to make sure there is no overcrowding in a public place across the state. “If authorities anticipate overcrowding in a particular place, they should cordon off that area and see that people do not huddle,” the court underlined.
Regarding the ongoing panchayat elections in the state, the court said the polls should be conducted in such a manner that no congregation takes place. “Be it nomination, canvassing or voting, it should be seen that all Covid-19 protocols are followed,” the court said.
“The state government may also examine the viability of providing masks and sanitisers to people by utilising the amount recovered from violators of Covid norms,” the court stated.
Posting the next hearing on Thursday, the court said general public should also realise its responsibility towards Covid protocols.
Elaborating the need for passing these directives, the court observed, “Though the state government has taken necessary steps to contain the second wave of Covid-19, it is being noticed that the orders are not being complied with by the public at large and that is a cause of concern. Having considered all the objective conditions, we deem it appropriate to direct the district magistrates to ensure strict and definite compliance of the directions issued by the government of Uttar Pradesh from time to time to fight the pandemic.”

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