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Nagaland Govt. yet to publish State Mental Health Rules

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DIMAPUR, MAY 8: More than two months since Nagaland Government sought for ~ and was granted ~ more time from the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court to publish the State Mental Health Rules in the official gazette, the former on Wednesday submitted the same plea and got an additional four weeks’ time.
“Heard Ms. Neiteo Koza, learned Counsel for the petitioner, and Mr. Moa Imchen, learned Senior Government Advocate. Mr. Moa Imchen, learned Senior Government Advocate, seeks for 4 (four) weeks’ time to publish the State Mental Health Rules framed under Section 121 of the Mental Health Care Act, 2007 in the Official Gazette.
“On the next date fixed, the learned Senior Government Advocate shall also come with necessary instructions as to the appointment of the personnel for the Mental Health Review Board. List after 4 (four) weeks”, stated an order issued by a Bench comprising Justice Kakheto Sema and Justice Budi Habung on Wednesday.
As reported in Nagaland Page, on February 28, following the Centre’s approval of Nagaland State Mental Healthcare Rules, Nagaland Government has sought for some time from Court to publish said Rules in the official gazette, and then establish the State Mental Health Authority and constitute the Mental Health Care Review Board.
The Court had granted this prayer then.
Resuming its hearing on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2021 by a resident of Kohima town, the Court then noted that it had seen various orders being passed wherein on account of the Central Government not approving the Draft Rules, the State had not been in a position to publish the Rules “and it was only on account of that impediment, the State Mental Health Authority could not be constituted/established as well as the Mental Health Review Board could not be constituted”.
“On February 21, 2024, when the matter was listed, Mr. Moa Imchen, the learned senior Government Advocate, submitted that the Central Government had accorded approval to the Draft Rules so proposed by the State Government”, it had stated then.
That day, N Mozhui, the Counsel appearing for Health Department, submitted that in pursuance to the said approval, necessary action would be required towards publishing the Nagaland State Mental Healthcare Rules in the official gazette and the establishment of State Mental Health Authority as well as the constitution of Mental Health Care Review Board.
Accordingly, the Court had listed the matter to be heard in April.
(Page News Service)