New Delhi: The Supreme Court today raised tough questions on the Covid Vaccination Policy of the Center. The court said that the vaccine was given by the Center on behalf of people for 45 years, but left the entire case of people between 18 and 44 years to the states. The Center did not take into account that the economic situation of the states is different. A large number of illiterate, poor and weak people present in the states have not been taken care of in this policy.
In the hearing held on April 30, the Supreme Court had raised many questions on the government’s vaccination policy. The court had asked that why is the Center not buying the vaccine and making it available to the states? In response to which the Center said that its policy was made very thoughtfully. Also, it was also said that the court should not interfere too much in policy matters. The bench of 3 judges, hearing the case today, pointed to several flaws in the government’s vaccination policy and said, “The Center should not say that it knows what is right. The court does not make policy. But any policy Our hands are too strong to correct mistakes. “
‘States are left to confront each other for waxing’
A bench of Supreme Court Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat said, “The Center vaccinated considering the health of people above the age of 45 as a greater threat. Are there not such people between the ages of 18 to 44?” Are those at greater risk than Corona? ” The court further said, “States have been left to confront each other for waxing. The Center has not even considered the difference in the economic situation of a big state like Maharashtra and any state in the northeast. Is the budget of many states of the country is less than the Brihanmumbai Municipal Municipality (BMC).
The Supreme Court further said, “Half of the vaccine being purchased in the states is being taken by private hospitals. They are vaccinating people at a cost of Rs 900-1000. Does the central government believe that in a state 50 per cent of 18 to 44 year olds are able to get vaccinated by buying at a high cost? The Supreme Court also questioned the registration for vaccination through the Kovin app. The court said, “You call Digital India-Digital India Stay But you are not familiar with the ground reality. It is a distant thing to go to an app and register, if you talk about offline registration by creating a common center, then it is also not very practical. It will also be a big challenge for a poor laborer living in a remote village of Jharkhand to reach that center.”
Senior advocate Jaideep Gupta, who was appointed as amicus curiae in the case, said, “There are many people who should get priority in vaccination.” Like people working in the crematorium, teachers, people serving a helpless elderly. But they are not getting priority. The reason for this is that the states are struggling to get the vaccine. The center is completely removing its control from this process. In such a situation, there seems to be no clear policy for the needy. “
‘Need to make policy with flexibility’
At the end of the hearing, the court said, “It is true that the circumstances of the disease and the availability of the vaccine are constantly changing. In such a situation, there is a need to make a policy with flexibility. We want the Center to put its full policy in front of us “Today, no more orders will be given on this matter. We are giving 2 weeks time to the Center to present our vaccination policy. We want the points raised during the hearing to be answered in that.”