Making vaccination mandatory for resuming business violates Fundamental Right: Meghalaya High Court

The fundamental purpose related to the welfare by vaccination doesn’t hold good if vaccination is administered by force, said the Meghalaya High Court.

It’ll violate the fundamental right given under Article 19(1)(g), if the shopkeepers, vendors and taxi drivers are administered vaccines as making it mandatory for them for resuming their business.

The bench of Meghalaya High Court comprising of Chief Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice HS Thangkhiew noted that vaccination is the need of hour and absolutely to overcome the pandemic.

However, the court remarked that the state shall not take any action in derogation with the right to livelihood enshrined under article 19(1)(g) until and unless it falls under the reasonable restriction.

Thereafter, the principal secretary said that this order will be reversed and vaccination will be made directory and not mandatory.

The next hearing will take place on June 30.

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