Allahabad High Court orders formation of 3-member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee for every district in Uttar Pradesh

12 May 2021

Allahabad High Court orders formation of 3-member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee for every district in Uttar Pradesh

On Tuesday, the Allahabad High Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to form a three-member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee in each district of the state to address people's concerns about COVID-19 issues. The committee will be made up of a Chief Judicial Magistrate or a judicial officer of similar rank to be appointed by the District Judge, a professor of a medical college to be nominated by the principal of that medical college, and others, according to Justice Ajit Kumar and Justice Siddhartha Varma of the Division bench. If there is no medical college, the Chief Medical Superintendent of the district hospital must appoint a level-3/4 doctor, and the District Magistrate must nominate an administrative officer with the rank of Additional District Magistrate. This three-member Pandemic Public Grievance Committee will be formed within 48 hours of the passing of this order, and appropriate directives will be given to all District Magistrates by the Chief Secretary (Home), Uttar Pradesh. In rural areas, complaints may be made directly to the SDM of the concerned Tehsil, who will forward them to the Pandemic Public Grievance Committee, as directed by the Court. The Pandemic Public Grievance Committee will also investigate all viral news on its own, according to the Bench. Suo moto proceedings to investigate the Covid-19 situation in Uttar Pradesh were heard by the Division bench. The High Court on Tuesday rejected the amount of compensation paid to the families of polling officers who died after contracting COVID-19 while on duty during the election. The government had previously stated that they would be compensated in the sum of Rs. 30 lakh. The Court stated that the compensation must be at least Rs.1,00,00,000 to compensate the family's breadwinner's death, which occurred as a result of the State and State Election Commission's deliberate act of forcing them to perform duties in the absence of RTPCR help. Families of deceased polling officers receive a small amount of compensation. According to the Allahabad High Court, it must be at least Rs. 1 crore. The Court also ordered the federal and state governments to lay out their plans for vaccinating physically disabled people who cannot be transported to vaccination centres and who are unable to register online. The Court has established a committee to conduct a fact-finding investigation into the medical care and alleged government negligence.