The HC said the state government should consider allowing people who received both doses to travel on local trains and resume normal activities.
Posted 06.08.21, 01:11 AM
The Bombay High Court on Thursday called on the Maharashtra government to consider identifying and separating those who took the two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from others, and to provide a “community card” to those fully vaccinated to allow them to travel and work without restriction.
The court said the state government should consider allowing those who received both doses to travel on local trains and resume normal activities.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Judge GS Kulkarni also said the state and the Center should consider issuing a “common card” that identifies a citizen as fully vaccinated and allows them to travel and work without restrictions.
Attorney General Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, who represented the government of Maharashtra, told the court that a letter from the National Disaster Management Authority would be issued for registered attorneys and court clerks, on the basis of which the paths of iron would give them travel passes.
The bench referred to an interview with Maharashtra Covid-19 task force member Dr Shashank Joshi, published in a newspaper on Thursday.
Dr Joshi said that a third of Maharashtra’s population was still susceptible to the coronavirus and unrestricted local train travel could not yet be allowed because identifying fully vaccinated people was cumbersome.
“While Dr Joshi says that (the train journey) can be made subject to identification, it is up to the state and the Center to identify (people) who are fully vaccinated,” the court said.
“A third of the population is still susceptible to the virus. Then this third of the population should be separated from the two thirds or fully vaccinated. Provide them with at least one card identifying them as fully immunized. “