“It is not the time to talk about federalism”:Kerala High Court

The Center told the Kerala High Court on Monday that there is not fixed number of doses that are to be distributed among the states.

The Central Government in an affidavit submitted before the Kerala High Court said that, ” It is humbly submitted that at present, there is no target fixed for dispensation of the vaccines to States/UTs.”

A bench of Kerala High Court, comprising Justices Deva Ramachandran and Dr. Kauser Edappagarh said that, “We are not being Parochial but would like to know why Kerala is not getting it’s share.”

At present, before the Kerala High Court, there are at least four cases pending which are about the policy of Vaccine distribution among the country. One suo moto petition is also being heard among these petitions.

The Center told the court regarding the vaccine distribution among the States that for the people above 45 years of age, vaccines are distributed on the basis of the state’s fortnightly consumption, while for the 18-44 age group, the distribution is being done on the basis of the population eligible for inoculation.

Moreover, another bench of the Kerala High Court, on Monday, also questioned the Centre that why the vaccines are note free of cost for all the age groups. On this when the centre told the Court about it’s policy which mentions that the state is free to procure the vaccines from the manufacturer directly for the people of the age group of 18-44, then on this, the court said that, “It is not the time to talk about federalism.”

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