shillongThe Meghalaya High Court on Thursday asked the government not to force people to get the Kovid vaccine, but to persuade them. Forced vaccination is a violation of fundamental rights. The High Court also said in the order that if the employees have got the vaccine, then shops and all business establishments should get a board of ‘Vaccinated’ installed or written. The court has asked the owners of all local taxi, auto rickshaw and bus services to display information about the vaccination of drivers, conductors and helpers in public. So that people can take proper decision before using their services.
The Meghalaya High Court has said that forced vaccination will be considered as a violation of fundamental rights according to Article 19(1)(g) of the Indian Constitution. The court directed shops and commercial establishments to prominently display the information about vaccination taking place at specific places. Similarly in the case of taxis, auto-rickshaws, cabs and buses, the court asked the owners to clarify the status of vaccination of drivers, conductors or helpers. The bench said the size and location of the vaccination signboard would be decided by the concerned authorities.
suo motu hearing
The court, while filing a public interest litigation on suo motu basis in the interest of the common people, also warned of strict action against those spreading false information about the vaccination campaign. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Vishwanath Somaddar had said in an order on Wednesday, “Initially, it should be clearly stated that vaccination is the need of the hour. No, it is an absolute necessity so as to engulf our world.” The global pandemic can be controlled.”
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