HC wants report on Centre’s plan to combat ‘mosquito menace’

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Centre for a report on implementation of government's long-term action plan to control the outbreak of diseases such as dengue in the city.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw sought the report from the Union Health Ministry within three weeks and posted the matter for December 12.

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Rajeev Mehra said the government was working on implementing the action plan and a report on the matter would be prepared.

The court's direction came during the hearing of a PIL by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal, who sought formation of an independent committee to monitor implementation of the Centre's long-term action plan to combat the "mosquito menace" in the city.

In his plea, Bansal said: "Direct the respondents to constitute an independent committee to effectively monitor the implementation of the long-term action plan issued by the Directorate of National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare."

"It is the duty of the respondents to effectively and properly implement the long-term action plan issued by the respondent number 1 (Central government) in a time-bound manner so that the dengue menace can come to an end," the plea said.

Citing data on dengue cases in the Capital for 2007-2012, the petitioner also mentioned media reports, which said the count has gone up drastically this year as compared to previous years.

The PIL also wanted the court to examine the steps taken by the Delhi government, the municipal corporations, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Health department.

"There is a lack of coordination among the officials of the Union and the state governments, those of the municipal bodies and it results in non-implementation of the long-term action plan of the Central government," the PIL said.

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