New Delhi: Taking a serious view of
non-allotment of space to a charitable trust set up to give
subsidised medicine to poor patients at AIIMS, the Delhi High
Court has directed the Centre to find a place for the trust.
"If space can be allotted to existing barber shops,
tailor shops and beauty parlours, certainly a space/spaces can
be allotted for such charitable purpose," said a Division
Bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul while directing the
Ministry of Health to provide space to Surekha Public Charity
"We are of the considered view that there can be really
no dispute about the advisability or requirement of having a
space/spaces allotted to charitable institutions for giving
free/subsidized medicines to poor patients who visit AIIMS,"
the Bench added in an order.
Seeking a compliance report from the government by
September 10, the Bench said "we thus direct the respondents
to frame a proper policy for the purposes of making available
a space/spaces for such a charitable purpose within a maximum
period of three months.
Filing a petition, the charity trust alleged no space
has been allotted at AIIMS for any charitable institution to
open a charitable pharmacy giving free or subsidised medicines
to poor patients.