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Centre approves Nagaland State Mental Health Care Rules: GoN informs HC

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DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 21: The Centre has given its approval to the Nagaland State Mental Health Care Rules submitted by the State Government, the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court was informed on Wednesday.
“Mr. Moa Imchen, learned Senior Government Advocate, submits that pursuant to the approval sought for by the State of Nagaland in respect to the Draft Rules framed by the State Government under the Mental Health Care Act, 2017, the Central Government have accorded approval.
“He, therefore, submits that let the matter be listed next week so that he can give up-to-date information as regards the status of the constitution of the State Mental Health Care Authority. List the matter again on February 28, 2024”, stated an order issued by a Bench comprising Justice Devashis Baruah and Justice Susmita Phukan Khaund.
As previously reported in Nagaland Page, the Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2021 by a resident of Kohima.
According to Court records, the petitioner submitted that as per the Mental Healthcare Act of 2017, every State Government is required to constitute the State Mental Health Authority within 9 months from the date on which the Act received assent of the President.
“Such authority when constituted is responsible for constituting the Mental Health Review Board in all
the districts. It appears from the Act that without the constitution of the authority and the board nothing can be initiated for the purpose of implementing the provisions of the Act.
“Being concerned for the welfare of the mentally challenged people of the State, the petitioner is before this Court praying for a writ of mandamus directing the State respondents to constitute the Mental Health Authority as per the provisions of the Act so that further necessary steps can be taken for the welfare of the mentally challenged people”, it stated.
Eventually, more than two years after the PIL was filed, the Government Advocate on June 24 last year informed the Court that Nagaland Government had finally constituted the Board as mandated and also framed the Rules.
(Page News Service)