Kohima, May 8: The Court has issued another order to the State Government to make testing unit at Kohima functional within 5 days from today and within 2 weeks at Dimapur.
The Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench in an Order stated that at the end of two weeks, the respondents should file an affidavit of compliance but if the units have not been made functional by then, they should appear in person and explain.
“Regarding the other directions, the respondents, as directed earlier should file an affidavit on or before the end of 2 (two) weeks already granted” the Court stated.
Earlier the Court, on April 27, directed the State Government to make two testing labs for COVID-19 functional within ten days from the date the Order was passed.
T B Jamir, learned Senior Additional AG has submitted that on April 1, the Government of India issued an order for establishing 126 numbers of labs for facilitating COVID-19 testing all over the country, including two in Nagaland and in pursuance thereof, necessary actions were taken and on April 16, the required equipments were airlifted to the State but the last of such equipments arrived in the State on May 6 only. But in the meanwhile, the personnel who would be handling the labs have been trained, and for the unit at Kohima, last finishing touch was given yesterday and if everything goes will, it would be functional within five days, the order stated.
The Court further said as for the unit to be established at Dimapur, since the same technicians who were involved in setting up the unit at Kohima are going to set up the unit, at least two weeks’ time would be required to make the same functional.
“Therefore, the respondents are before this Court through IA praying for extension of the 10 (ten) days time given in the earlier order which will expire today, so that they will be able to fully comply with the direction,” the order said.
“We appreciate the steps taken by all concerned but we are anxious of the way how things have taken so long, especially when all the other States in Northeast have already established such labs sometime ago” the Court said. The Order said the Court is constrained to express the concerns and anxiety of the people adding that Nagaland is next to Assam, is the oldest State in the Northeast, therefore one expects that it should also be leading in many ways rather than lagging behind the other States.
“The COVID-19 news came to India in the month of January and it became a concern for the whole world and the country in the later part of February. So much precious time has passed. By God’s grace, no one from the State, except for one has suffered from the virus but the fact that the whole world is concerned and worried should have made our steps faster and let us to even burn our midnight oil to face the challenge of COVID-19” the Court added. Further the Order said the people have been alert and worried and that the State Government must have felt the fear and concern of the people.
The Court has been issuing orders on Case No. PIL 2/2020 filed by Kikrukhonuo, a resident of Midland Colony Kohima.
(Page News Service)