Don’t file PIL if not ready to take burden of collecting data and scientific fact : Supreme Court

Supreme Court on Monday disposed the petition on implementation of national health policy, 2017 .

Court observed the petition is lacking the details of policy and advised petitioner to voluntarily withdrew the petition and file a fresh petition and take the burden of writing detailed and scientific information .

Writ also added to implement the directions given by supreme court in:-

Paschim Banga khet majdoor v. State of West Bengal(1996)

For provision for livelihood for dependents on deceased  due to covid-19 , reimburse families , compensate to those who were heavily charged in private hospitals and give medical support out of welfare programs and`schemes  like jan-dhan yojana, Ayushman Bharat – PMJAY .

Justice DY Chandrachud stated that if you want to seek relief for one petition , we can see into it but you cannot ask everything under the sun .

When advocate put the court’s attention to shortage of medical staff and specialists and proposed that implementation of National Health Policy ,2017 is needed alarmingly .

Court responded that you can’t say implement the entire policy , don’t make general statements ,underline the specific pitfalls and then come to court .Court is already overburdened , just because you are filing PIL you are not discharged absolutely from burden of proof .

Do your homework , gather data and highlight the area which requires work . Don’t file PIL if you are not ready to take burden , you are raising policy issues nationwide , we cannot intervene immediately without strong basis .

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