Supreme Court: Disburse pension, present face masks, PPE fits to aged

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 4

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered that pension to aged individuals must be disbursed on time and people residing in previous age properties be supplied with private protecting gear (PPE), sanitisers and face masks to guard them from the Covid-19 pandemic.

A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan directed “that all old age people who are eligible for pension should be regularly paid pension and those identified older people should be provided necessary medicines, masks, sanitizers and other essential goods by respective states”.

It mentioned, “As and when any individual request is made, the same shall be attended to by the administration with all promptness.”

“The caregivers of those old age homes should be provided personal protection and appropriate sanitisation should also be undertaken in the old age homes,” the Bench mentioned, directing all of the states to file their affidavits in 4 weeks.

The order got here on a PIL filed by former regulation minister and senior advocate Ashwani Kumar who submitted that it was obligatory that pension to the aged residing alone was launched on time through the unprecedented well being disaster. He additionally highlighted the necessity to present face masks, sanitisers and PPE to them.

On behalf of the Centre, senior advocate V Mohana submitted that states had been already making efforts on this regard and this was not an adversarial challenge.

The high court docket mentioned the aged individuals must be given precedence within the admission to authorities hospitals in view of their vulnerability for Covid-19.

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