The Delhi Supreme Court is unhappy with the city’s failure to control dengue fever
The Delhi Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed displeasure with municipal companies’ failure to control the surge in vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria and chikungunya in the capital, noting that its previous instructions to control the same fell on deaf ears had encountered.
A departmental bank of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Jasmeet Singh dealt with a petition by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation against the decision of the Delhi government of January 3, 2019, the retroactive recovery of grants and aid to the SDMC and other local bodies with effect from April 1 .2019 to be addressed. 2016 as arbitrary and void.
“What are you doing, Mr. Sagar? There is so much dengue. You don’t do anything. You just want salaries. What do you do with those salaries and amounts?” Judge Sanghi told attorney Sanjeev Sagar, who represents the SDMC.
On the other hand, Judge Singh expressed concern that the local authority body is not taking progressive steps to address the dengue problem. He said:
“How can it be that dengue fever increases every year? Isn’t it a communal task? We try to understand what is happening? Is it rocket science that there are mosquitos after the monsoons? There will be dengue patterns for the last 15 to 20 years. Is there any rocket science? Is there no planning? Is there no thought process? How can it be that everyone … Your plea is not that you are understaffed. In fact, you might be overstaffed. Is it that the municipality has given up everything and only collects taxes and pays salaries? How do you expect salaries when you are not working. “
He also called on Sagar to provide clarification to the court on the number of people dealing with the dengue pandemic, as well as the plan to deal with it.
“How many people who review have seen negligence reports?” Judge Singh added. “Obviously your mosquito testers, breeders are not doing anything. They don’t go down. They probably just mark their presence and you pay them, that’s all,” added Judge Sanghi.
Accordingly, the bank ordered that this meeting, with the participation of the Chairs of all companies, the NDMC and the Chief Executive Officer of the Delhi Cantonment Board, be convened within a week from today to discuss the matter.
“For the sake of simplicity, we are appointing the Municipal Commissioner of the Delhi Municipal Corporation as the Node Officer to convene and conduct the said meeting,” the court ordered.
The court noted that, by order dated October 6, 2021, it expressed concern that the city suffered from under-performing community workers during the community servants’ complaints about paying their dues.
“So that the observations fell on deaf ears when we passed the aforementioned order on October 6th, 2021, a series of petitions including contempt, the situation in the city only got worse. This year we are only seeing one big increase.” in the number of dengue cases. There have been several deaths from the said disease, “the bank said, adding that the problem could only have been a result of the failure of municipal companies to take mosquito farming seriously.
“We have therefore made it clear to Mr Sagar that we would not exercise our discretion in favor of the petitioner company and its employees if the situation on site did not improve. Mr Sagar has assured us that he will speak to the local authority of all three companies and present us with the steps that have been taken to control the mosquito breeding, “the court wrote in the order.
The court ordered the petitioner SDMC to submit an affidavit disclosing the steps taken on the ground to contain the rise in vector-borne diseases.
The court also ordered SDMC to document the steps involved in geo-tagging employees and marking biometric presence, an issue previously highlighted by the bank.
The court also allowed time for the Delhi government to file an affidavit on the matter, while giving them the freedom to raise their problems therein.
In listing the matter for another hearing on January 12th, the court said it will hear the dengue issue on December 1st.
The court had previously expressed its displeasure with the failure of local authorities in the state capital to carry out their duties and functions.
“This is a dire situation for this city. What is happening to the city? There is dengue everywhere, rubbish, cattle walking the streets, there is road damage. It pains us to see this. For the past six months, this one The bank only cares about the salaries, asks them to sell their properties, asks GNCTD to pay, but where is the sense of responsibility of the communities? We don’t understand it at all, “the court said.
“The common man suffers. We want to make Delhi a world-class city. But it is falling by leaps and bounds. It is abysmal. It cannot go under. In which state do we live? We exude contempt.” noticed what burdened us earlier was a Covid-19 pandemic. Now we don’t have that. It’s time everyone got their socks off and back to work, “she added.
Case title: SDMC versus GNCTD