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SC asks Arunachal, 3 other states to submit data on cured mental illness patients

SC asks Arunachal, 3 other states to submit data on cured mental illness patients
May 11
11:48 2019

NET Bureau

The Supreme Court (SC) on 10th May asked the chief secretaries (CS) of four states and administrators of two union territories to provide in four weeks the data of people who have recovered from mental illness and are fit to go home but languishing in hospitals.


The top court said the data should be provided to the Centre to enable it to prepare a roadmap for setting up rehabilitation homes for such people.


A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta has asked the chief secretaries of Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland and Telangana to furnish all the relevant details to the social justice & empowerment ministry for formulation of a proper roadmap.


It also asked the administrators of Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu to furnish the details in four weeks to the Centre.
Petitioner advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal informed the court that there was non-compliance of its last order and some states have not provided the necessary data to the Centre.


The bench said if the CS’ and administrators fail to comply with the direction to furnish the data in four weeks, it may be constrained to ask them to appear in person before it.


The apex court had on 25 February directed the CS’ of all the states and union territories to hold a meeting in four weeks with the union health secretary to chalk out a roadmap for setting up rehabilitation homes for people who have recovered from mental illness and were fit to go home but are languishing in hospitals.


It had directed the union health & family welfare ministry to appoint a nodal officer to conduct the meeting.

Source: The Arunachal Times

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