The Supreme Court, which has been hearing the Sumoto case on a number of policy issues related to medical facilities, oxygen, medicines and the Kovid virus, has asked the Center a number of issues at a time when the Kovid-19 second wave is raging in the country.
The apex court said after hearing the case that orders would be prepared this evening and uploaded tomorrow morning.
The court directed the Center to take into consideration all the issues mentioned in their order.
The apex court said that they were issuing interim orders, which would cover the policy matters to be followed by the Center for the next ten days.
The court said the case would be heard again on May 10.
During the hearing, the Supreme Court sought clarification from the Center on several key issues.
How is oxygen provided?
During the hearing, Justice Chandrachud asked the Central Government to say what steps are being taken to supply oxygen to the Kovid virus victims.
Asked what steps were being taken to get the oxygen cylinders and tankers to where they were needed, he said they wanted to know how much oxygen supply was needed.
The apex court asked the Center if it could tell him that it had come to the notice of the people who were suffering from oxygen deprivation and that the situation in Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra was dire and that it could bring about change by the time the trial resumes tomorrow.
However, the Solicitor General on behalf of the Center told the apex court that the Delhi issue had also come up for discussion in the High Court and that the Center was doing all it could to procure oxygen and the responsibility for their transport should be handled at the state level.
The Center told the apex court that the country had increased its oxygen production from 6,000 metric tonnes per day in August 2020 to 9,000 metric tonnes at present and there was no shortage of medical oxygen at present.
On the other hand, the Supreme Court has directed the Delhi government to do politics during elections and to set them aside when man is in crisis.
The Supreme Court has directed the Delhi government to talk to the Center and resolve any issues regarding facilities.
How is vaccination performed?
The Supreme Court has directed the Center to adhere to the National Immunization Policy as there is a risk that Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will not be vaccinated due to non-compliance with the National Immunization Policy.
The Supreme Court has asked the Center why you should not buy the Kovid vaccine one hundred per cent yourself. The Supreme Court commented that this would make the vaccine available to all without discrimination.
The Supreme Court also questioned whether there were any discriminations in the distribution of the vaccine to the states. The Center said that 50 per cent of the vaccine produced is being supplied to the states.
The apex court, however, questioned who was examining the quality of the vaccine and asked the Center to provide them with details on how many people are between 18 and 45 years of age.
The apex court was of the view that since the work of making the vaccine was being done by private companies, the Center was required to declare how much funds would be allocated for it, thereby expediting the manufacture of the vaccine.
However, the apex court also ruled that the decision on how much vaccine to give to any state should not be in the hands of private vaccine manufacturers.
The Supreme Court has asked the Center and the states to explain how the registration process for the vaccine is being carried out for the illiterate and those who do not have internet access in the country.
The Supreme Court commented that people are using social media to express their problems and it is not wrong to say that there is a lack of facilities in it.
The Supreme Court has made it clear that it does not condone the suppression of such information as false information. The court also clarified that if anyone took such action, it would be considered contempt of court.