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HC asks DG Prisons to formulate policy for vaccination of jail inmates

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Director General of Prisons to formulate a policy or a scheme so that no inmate of the jail remains unvaccinated.

“We dispose of this writ petition with liberty to the petitioners to submit a comprehensive representation regarding the registration and vaccination of the prisoners to the Director General of Prisons, UT of J&K.

“In the event, any such representation is submitted, the Director General of Prisons, would consider it and take all possible immediate steps for the registration and the vaccination of the prisoners or may formulate a policy or a scheme so that no inmate of the jail remains unvaccinated,” said a division bench of Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal.

The petitioners— Naseem Qadri and Uzair Nazir Zarger—through their counsel Syed Musaib had sought direction to the prison authorizes to make available vaccine against COVID-19 virus for all the prison inmates lodged in various jails of Jammu and Kashmir.

D.C.Raina, Advocate General submitted that the government was conscious of its obligation and appropriate steps are being taken for the vaccination of all the citizens including under-trial as well as convicted prisoners.

“The prisoners are not going to be left out from vaccination and they would be vaccinated on turn at an appropriate time,” he said. (With GNS inputs)

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