HIGH COURT OF MEGHALAYA BAR ASSOCIATION Vs. UNION OF INDIA
HIGH COURT OF MEGHALAYA
High Court Of Meghalaya Bar Association
UNION OF INDIA
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(1.) Counsels for parties are present through video conferencing.
(2.) In response to the suggestions furnished by the petitioner Association, the State respondents have today filed a detailed reply as to the measures taken to tackle the issues arising out of COVID-19 in the State of Meghalaya. The status report has touched upon the supply of PPE's kits, mask, disinfectants and other equipment such as ventilators which were an urgent necessity. Mention has also been made with regard to testing facilities which have been ramped up by the Government by way of deployment of additional machines and also samples that have been sent outside the State to enable results in the shortest possible time. The other aspects touched upon by the status report is exhaustive, and it documents the steps taken in other areas by the State Government to combat this pandemic.
(3.) Mr. S.P. Mahanta, learned Sr. counsel and President of Meghalaya High Court Bar Association and counsel of petitioner Association submits that as the status report has just been served upon them on 04.05.2020 itself, some time is required to examine the same, he also prays that he may be allowed to file an affidavit in reply to the status report. Learned Sr. counsel submits that an additional affidavit has also been filed online on 04.05.2020, bringing to the notice of the Court the office memorandum dated 28.04.2020 wherein it has been stipulated that there shall be a deferment in the payment of a small portion of the salary for the months of April 2020 to August 2020 to Government employees. He asserts that this measure is unwarranted and that similar action which have been taken by the Government of Kerala has since been stayed by the Kerala High Court.;
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