“Arbitrary and irrational”: the Supreme Court denounces the vaccination policy of the Center against Covid-19
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-06-2021; “Our Constitution does not contemplate that the courts are silent spectators when the constitutional rights of citizens are violated by the policies of the executive,” said the Supreme Court, condemning the vaccination policy of the Center for citizens aged 18 to 44, calling it “arbitrary and irrational prima facie.”
- In a 32-page order issued Wednesday, a judiciary led by Judge D.Y. Chandrachud requested detailed information on the percentage of the vaccinated population (with one dose and both doses) versus those eligible during the first three phases of the vaccination campaign.
- “This should include data on the percentage of the rural population, as well as the percentage of the urban population thus vaccinated,” the court said. They also sought complete data on the Center’s vaccine purchase history to date, including Covaxin, Covishield, and Sputnik.
- “The data should clarify: (a) the dates of all the purchase orders made by the central government for the three vaccines; b) the number of vaccines ordered on each date; and (c) the expected date of supply ”indicates the order.
- The court asked the government to clarify how and when it would vaccinate the rest of the population. The government had indicated in court that it would complete the vaccination of “the entire eligible population by the end of December.”
- They ordered the Center to submit all “relevant documents and case notes reflecting his thinking and leading to the vaccination policy,” as well as an affidavit within two weeks.
- Referring to the Center’s stated position that “every state / government in UT should vaccinate its population free of charge,” the court asked the states and union territories to confirm whether or not they would.
“It is important that state / UT governments confirm / deny this position in this court. Furthermore, if they have decided to vaccinate their population for free, in principle it is important that this policy is attached to their affidavit, so that the population of their territory can be assured of their right to be vaccinated free of charge ”They explained.
- The court ordered the states and UT to submit their affidavits in this regard within two weeks and clarify their individual policies on free vaccination.
Center changes pension rules to prohibit retired security guards from writing without prior authorization
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-06-2021; Narendra Modi government has changed the pension rules for civil servants, prohibiting retirees from organizations related to intelligence or security from publishing any information related to their organization without permission from the competent authority.
- Retired officials must sign a commitment to that effect and the pension may be withheld or withdrawn for breach of the rules.
- The order would affect retired police chiefs and intelligence officials who have written a book or regularly write articles in newspapers and magazines.
- The amended rule establishes that “no official who, after having worked in an organization related to intelligence or security listed in the second annex of the Right to Information Act of 2005 (22 of 2005), shall, without prior authorization of the competent authority “, publish in any way, during their service or after their retirement, any information or material or knowledge that relates to the field of the organization and that is obtained by virtue of the work in said organization.
- It prohibits officials from sharing confidential information “the disclosure of which would undermine the sovereignty and integrity of India, the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of the state or relations with a state. Foreign or which would lead to incitement to crime.”
- Retired officials must sign a “Form 26”, where they will be asked to legally agree not to share this information in the public domain.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik writes to all CMs, advocates for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines by the Center
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-06-2021; Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik called for consensus among all states for a universal immunization program. In a letter to all senior ministers and in personal appeals to some of them, he expressed serious concern about the current Covid-19 situation and suggested that the Center purchase vaccines and distribute them.
“After the second wave, people are very afraid of future waves and variations. All the citizens of India have been affected by this pandemic in one way or another. It could be the loss of a loved one or the loss of a job or business or just the mental trauma of the current situation. No one has been spared by this pandemic, ”said the five-time chief minister.
- “The only way to protect our people from future waves and to give them any hope of survival is through vaccination. Countries that have focused on the vaccination program have seen a remarkable improvement in their Covid-19 situation. We need to bring that touch of healing to our people, ”he said.
- After the Union government announced phase 3 of the vaccine policy, which allows for the vaccination of people over 18 and procurement by state governments and the private sector, there has been strong demand vaccine, the letter indicates.
- Many states have launched global tenders for the purchase of vaccines. “However, it is quite clear that the world’s vaccine manufacturers are expecting the Union government to obtain clearances and guarantees. They are unwilling to sign supply contracts with state governments, while domestic vaccine manufacturers have supply limits and cannot compromise on necessary supplies. “
- No state is safe unless all states make immunization a top priority and lead it on the warpath. “It cannot be a battle between states to acquire vaccines. “
- Given the circumstances, he said, “the best option available is for the Indian government to acquire the vaccines centrally and distribute them among states so that our citizens are vaccinated as soon as possible.
- Patnaik also suggested decentralizing the immunization program. “States should have the flexibility to determine their own mechanism to ensure universal immunization,” he said.
- The internet was inaccessible in many mountainous areas, so online registration had to be flexible. Some vulnerable tribes may receive priority vaccinations.
Google says new IT rules don’t apply to its search engine
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-06-2021; Google argued that the new IT rules for digital media did not apply to its search engine, and on Wednesday urged Delhi High Court to overturn a single court order that applied the rules to the business while it was being processed with eviction offensive internet content.
- The Single Judge’s ruling came in a case in which some criminals uploaded photographs of a woman to a pornographic website and, despite court orders, the content could not be removed from her entire World Wide Web and “the wandering parts continued happily.” to repost and redirect the same to other sites.
- Chief Justice DN Patel’s Court and Judge Jyoti Singh issued notice to the Center, Delhi Government, Internet Service Providers Association of India, Facebook, Porn Site and Woman, in which the statement made the Single Judge’s decision and requested their responses to Google’s statement by July 25.
- The court also said it would not make any interim orders at this point.
- Google said the single judge, in his April 20 decision, had “misrepresented” its search engine as a “social media broker” or “major social media broker” under the new rules.
“The single judge misinterpreted and misapplied the new 2021 rules to the appellant’s search engine. In addition, the Single Judge combined several articles of the IT law and the separate rules prescribed therein, and approved model orders which combine all these offenses and provisions, which is wrong under the law ”,said in his appeal against the April 20 conviction.
Government relaxes regulations on supply of overseas-made Covid-19 vaccines to India
Daily NEWS Summary | 02-06-2021; To facilitate the supply of imported Covid-19 vaccines, the Comptroller General of Medicines of India (DCGI) waived the requirement to conduct transitional clinical trials and testing of each batch of vaccines by the Central Medicines Laboratory (CDL), Kasauli for foreigners.
- DCGI said that it had been decided that for approval for restricted use in emergency situations they are already approved for restricted use by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
- It added the European Administration Medicines, Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency Food and Drug Administration, UK, Pharmaceuticals and the Medical Device Agency, Japan, or which are included in the WHO Emergency Use List, and which are well-established vaccines.
- The requirement to conduct subsequent transitional clinical trials Upon approval and testing of each batch of vaccine by CDL, Kasauli may be exempt, if the batch / batch has been certified and issued by the National Control Laboratory of the country of origin.
Covid Updates: The number of coronavirus cases reported in India stood at 2,840 2,869 at the time of this bulletin, with a death toll of 3,367,927.