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Advisory won’t do, issue orders banning disinfectant tunnels: SC | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday told the Centre that issuing a mere advisory against use of disinfectant spray tunnels was not enough in the fight against Covid pandemic and asked it to either ban use of such tunnels or provide a proper regulatory framework if it finds that spraying organic disinfectants was not harmful to humans.
“The Union government may consider and issue necessary directions in exercise of powers vested in it under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, regarding ban/Regulation on the usage of disinfection tunnels involving spraying or fumigation of chemical/organic disinfectants for the human beings. There shall be similar consideration and directions by the respondents as indicated above with regard to exposure of human beings to artificial ultraviolet rays,” said a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R S Reddy and MR Shah.
PIL petitioner Gurusimran Singh Narula had shown WHO publications which stated that spraying and introducing bleach or other disinfectant into body will not protect against Covid­-19 and can be dangerous to human health. He also pleaded that the ultraviolet rays should not be used to disinfect the hands and other areas of the skin.
Solicitor general Tushar Mehta had pointed out that the ministry of health & family welfare had issued an advisory on April 18 advising against use of disinfectant spray tunnels. But the petitioner said that the government had not issued any orders under the DMA to ban its use, thus allowing continuance of its use.
The bench in its judgment said, “When the Union government has issued advisory that use of disinfectant on human body is not recommended and it has been brought into its notice that despite the said advisory, large number of organisations, public authorities are using disinfectants on human body, it was necessary for the government to issue necessary directions either to prevent such use or regulate such use as per requirement to protect the health of the people. The provisions of Disaster Management Act are not only provisions of empowerment but also cast a duty on different authorities to act in the best interest of the people to sub­serve the objects of the Act.”
Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Bhushan said facts brought on record in the PIL indicate that in the present case, something more was required to be done by the ministry of health apart from issuing advisory that use of disinfectant on human body is not recommended.
“When public authorities/organisations were using disinfectants both chemical/organic on the human body and there are various studies to the effect that it may be harmful to the health and the body. Some more actions were required to remove the cloud of uncertainty and to regulate the use even if it was to either prevent such use or regulate the use so that health of citizens is amply protected,” the bench said.

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