The central government told the Delhi High Court on Saturday that in March 2021, all state governments and union territories had been ordered to ensure adherence to the protocols framed to deal with corona infection in any kind of meetings. The Union Home Ministry has given this information in response to a Public Interest Litigation to the High Court.
The petition sought to ban campaigners and candidates from campaigning in the assembly elections in the wake of the Corona epidemic, repeatedly violating the Election Commission and other guidelines issued by the central government, including wearing masks.
This information was given by advocate Anurag Ahluwalia on behalf of the Central Government before the bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli. In the affidavit filed by the Ministry, he said that the government directed the states and union territories under the Disaster Management Act-2005 to ensure strict adherence to the Corona Protocol and standard operating procedure at all times.
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The ministry also told the bench that the guidelines issued for effective control of Kovid-19 on 23 March emphasized that ‘testing-tracking and treatment to the states (investigation, detection of contact with infected people) And treat them), strictly follow the standard operating procedure laid down for following the Corona protocol and opening schools, hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, gyms, etc. ‘
The central government has also said that in addition to this, the state and union territories have been allowed to impose local restrictions at the district / sub-district, city / ward level based on their assessment of the situation. The government has given a response on behalf of former Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police Vikram Singh in a petition filed by lawyer Virag Gupta. In the petition, he has said that the guidelines issued by the Election Commission under the Corona Protocol at public meetings, rallies and road shows during the five state assembly elections are not being followed.
The petition alleged that even star campaigners and candidates are not wearing masks in the election. After the elections are over in these states, former Director General of Police Singh has filed another petition. It calls for the Election Commission of India to order a fine and file a lawsuit against the star campaigners / leaders campaigning in West Bengal by breaking the Corona Transition Protocol. Apart from this, the petition has demanded the Central Government and the Election Commission to mandate quarantine of the leaders involved in the assembly election campaign in West Bengal in the last one week.