The Uttarakhand High Court reprimanded the state government for how the latter has been preparing to deal with the third wave of COVID-19 and asked it to gear up for the Delta Plus variant.
A division bench comprising Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma hearing a PIL related to the Uttarakhand government’s handling of COVID-19, reprimanding Health Secretary Amit Negi and said that “you cannot leave the children to die, your arrangements are insufficient.”
The court said, “The Delta variant was spread across the country in a month, and the Delta Plus variant will not take even three months. What are you doing to save our children? You must be thinking that the Delta Plus variant will let the government prepare first, and then it will attack.”
“Stop fooling us and we know the reality. Don’t tell the Chief Justice that there is Ram Rajya in Uttarakhand and that we live in heaven,” the high court said.
The Court further commented that while there is a need to work on a war footing during the pandemic, bureaucratic hurdles are being created to delay processes.
It also questioned the government on its claim of having adequate ambulances.
“You have enough ambulances. The claim is false. You talk about enough ambulances in the state, while there are frequent reports that pregnant women in the hills do not get ambulances, they have to be taken by palanquins,” the court added.
The court posted the matter for the next hearing on July 7. By that time, the Chief Secretary and the Health Secretary will have to file an affidavit with details.