Kochi, April 27
The Kerala High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Central authorities on two pleas, challenging its “discriminatory COVID-19 vaccination policy”.
MK Muneer, Deputy Leader of the Opposition within the Kerala Assembly, in his plea, alleged that Liberalised Pricing and Accelerated National COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy issued by the Centre was violative of Article 14, 19 and 21 of the Constitution.
It was additionally opposite to the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and consequent National Disaster Management Plan, 2019 (NDMP), he alleged.
The petitioner mentioned that by advantage of the brand new coverage, twin pricing of vaccines has been allowed and states are compelled to cope with non-public gamers to buy the vaccines within the open market, while the Central authorities procures them at a reduced/subsidised charge.
He alleged that the current coverage for individuals within the 18-45 age group is discriminatory, particularly when put next to the vaccination by the Centre for these above 45 years of age.
According to the petitioner, quite a few states, together with Kerala, are up in arms objecting to the mechanism.
He sought a route to the Central authorities to take over the vaccination programme in accordance with the National Disaster Management Plan and vaccinate all residents freed from value.
Another plea filed by a lawyer contended that the Centre ought to adhere to the National Vaccination Policy when it comes to procurement of vaccines.
The court docket, after listening to each petitions, clarified that for the reason that matter is below the consideration of the Supreme Court, no orders can be handed by it in the meanwhile.
It then posted the pleas to May 4 for additional listening to. PTI