Kerala govt will have to consult other states for bringing back Malayali nurses: Centre tells HC

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Kochi (Kerala) [India], April 28 (ANI): The Central government on Tuesday told Kerala High Court that the Kerala government will have to take up with other states the matter pertaining to bringing back COVID-19 affected Malayali nurses.
A Division Bench of Justice PV Asha and Justice V Shircy asked the Kerala government to examine if there is any solution that may be considered and orally noted the suggestion that perhaps a video-conference may be conducted between the states on the matter.
The matter was posted for further hearing on April 30.
Counsel for the Central government said that the “Centre has issued guidelines for the protection of health workers. But in this specific case, state governments have assured that nurses are being given proper treatment.”
“The plea is on apprehensions that they are not being treated well in the other states. Centre could help if there is any necessary requirement thereafter,” the Centre’s counsel said.
Advocate Abraham Vakkanal, appearing for the state government, said that state chief secretary has written to Union cabinet secretary to relax travel restrictions amid COVID-19 lockdown to bring back the nurses.
Vakkanal said that the state has sought permission and is waiting for approval and will take further actions if permission is received on the matter.
Advocate Anupama Subramaniam, appearing for the petitioner, said that 68 Malayali nurses in other states have reached out to inform that they are not being given treatment and that facilities for food and shelter are also not readily available for them.
Kerala High Court had earlier asked the Centre and the state government to file their reply on the plea.
The court was hearing a petition seeking to bring COVID-19 affected Malayali nurses back to Kerala from other States considering their “poor health and working conditions”. (ANI)

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