Order of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh regarding posting of frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19, Himachal Pradesh, 03/05/2021

  • 03/05/2021

Order of the High Court of Himachal Pradesh in the matter of Dr. Vishal Koundal Vs State of Himachal Pradesh & Others dated 03/05/2021.

The application was filed by a doctor, who was ordered to be posted at a COVID makeshift hospital, Palakwah, district Una on deputation basis. The doctor assailing the order of deputation said that he suffered lumber, spine and sacrum injuries in an accident in 2018 and would therefore be unable to serve at the place of deputation.

The bench of Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Chander Bhusan Barowalia dismissed the petition and said that the petitioner cannot be permitted to shirk from his duties and responsibilities.

Himachal Pradesh is fighting a grim battle against COVID-19 and thus it is imperative that the front line workers are made to work on rotation basis or else the health system is likely to collapse with the "sudden and drastic surge in COVID-19 cases", the High Court order said.