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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 15

The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to consider granting a break to doctors engaged in Covid-19 duty for the past seven to eight months.

A Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan — which has been hearing Covid-19 related matters after taking suo motu cognisance of the issue — asked the Centre to consider granting break to doctors, saying continuous work might be affecting their mental health.

“For the past seven-eight months, doctors have not been given any break and are continuously working. You take instruction and think over giving them some break. It must be very painful and might be affecting their mental health,” the Bench said.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the government would certainly consider the court’s suggestion to grant some break to health workers engaged in Covid-19 duty.

During the hearing, the Bench was shocked to know that Gujarat collected Rs 80-90 crore fine from those violating Covid-19 safety norms.

The court, which had earlier taken suo motu cognisance of fire tragedies in Covid-19 hospitals, including those in Rajkot and Ahmedabad, directed all states to file affidavits giving details of fire safety audits of Covid-19 hospitals.

Give Rs 2K per month to CCI kids now with kin, states told

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed state governments to provide Rs 2,000 a month for the education of each child lodged in a child care institution (CCI) who has been restored to his/her family during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The top court asked state governments to provide books and stationery and other necessary infrastructure to CCIs for the online classes for children on recommendations from district child protection units within 30 days.

It also asked them to ensure that the required number of teachers was made available to teach children in CCIs.

The court was informed that 1,45,788 out of the total 2,27,518 children lodged in CCIs when the pandemic started had been restored to their families.

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