COVID-19 Big decision of Supreme Court: The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered a major verdict amid the Coronavirus epidemic in the country. The court ordered that the coronavirus should be tested for free in a recognized government or private lab.
For this, the court has asked the central government to direct all the recognized labs to conduct a corona examination for free. Giving interim order on a petition related to the investigation of coronavirus, the Supreme Court has asked the central government to file an affidavit in 2 weeks.
Check lab approved from NABL, WHO or ICMR only: SC
The Supreme Court also said that to investigate the coronavirus only, then only labs that are accredited by NABL i.e. National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories or any agency approved by World Health Organization or ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) Should be through
The petition demanded to check the coronavirus for free
The petition filed in the Supreme Court challenged the advice of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to fix a maximum of Rs 4,500 for corona testing by private entities.
The petition also sought to direct that all such tests should be conducted by recognized pathological labs. While suggesting the test for free, the petitioner also claimed that the screening fees of private labs were covered.
People cannot be taken test money: SC
After the Supreme Court order, people will no longer have to pay for the corona test. So far, the government has fixed the rate at Rs 4500. Supreme Court Justices Ashok Bhushan and Justice S.K.
The bench of Ravindra Bhatt said that people cannot be charged for this test. The Supreme Court said that the issue of how the money related to the test taken by the private lab will be refunded will be considered later.
The court said that the number of people suffering from the coronavirus in countries around the world is increasing. The central and state governments are continuously trying to prevent this in India but the number is increasing.
Money should not be taken from people in the event of such a disaster. Earlier, the Supreme Court had said that private labs should not be allowed to take money for investigations related to Corona.
The decision came in the evening after hearing
Supreme Court Justices Ashok Bhushan and Justice S.K. The Bench of Ravindra Bhatt had suggested that the government should create a mechanism so that private labs do not recover an arbitrary amount for the corona test and the government should return the money taken by the private lab.
On behalf of the Central Government in the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General said that he will bring instructions. The Supreme Court had said that he would pass orders in this case and then late evening the Supreme Court passed the order saying that Corona would be in the test free.
People will be saved if money is taken for investigation: SC
During the hearing on the application filed in the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court had asked the Central Government to file an answer in the previous hearing in the matter.
The petition submitted on behalf of the petitioner stated that there is a situation of lockdown in the country in such a situation that there is a shortage of money in front of the people and in such a situation, people will refrain from getting the test due to the amount charged for examining the coronas. The coronavirus epidemic may increase further, in which case the government should get the corona tested for free.
Instructions to file affidavit in 2 weeks
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta appearing for the Central Government in the Supreme Court said that there are 118 labs across the country and 15,000 tests are being done.
At present, the government does not know how many labs may be required and what will be the duration of the lockdown. The Supreme Court then suggested that it should be decided that private labs should not charge their arbitrary amount for the corona test.