Stop playing on the 'back foot',replicate Ahmedabad model

  • | Thursday | 17th September, 2020

HC division bench directs State govt to become pro-active and put all districts across State on high alert; flays politicians for flouting corona safety norms, setting bad example for public.

In its order on a suo motu (of its own accord) plea on the COVID-19 situation, a division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala directed the state government to issue appropriate orders to the concerned authorities “to put all the districts across the state on high alert” and take action to curb the surge of cases by following the “Ahmedabad model”.

 The Gujarat high court on Wednesday told the state government to “stop playing on the back foot” and aggressively replicate the Ahmedabad model to contain Covid-19 in Gujarat.
The high court also ordered the authorities to put all districts across the state on high alert and to take appropriate actions to curb the surge of Covid cases.

he order noted that the court is “constrained to observe that despite putting best of its efforts, the government has been getting caught unaware and gets into action only after the situation worsens”.When the situation in the city of Ahmedabad and the areas on the outskirts became very serious, the State Government gave extra attention and focused on how the situation could be brought in control,” the court said, adding a similar approach was followed for controlling the “extremely bad” situation in Surat.
Noting that the situation in Surat has improved, the court remarked on the worsening situation in Rajkot and Jamnagar.

The court requested for an exhaustive survey of the situation in Rajkot and “guide the local authorities to proceed in the right direction”.

The court entrusted the responsibility with senior bureaucrat Sonal Mishra, Secretary, Narmada, Water Resources, Water Supply and Kalpsar Department, who is one of the members of the five-member committee formed by the state government on instructions from the court earlier, to review infrastructural capabilities and shortfalls across the state. As part of the committee, Mishra has been designated for inspecting the civil hospitals of Rajkot and Bhavnagar region



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