Find place for charity trust for poor patients: Delhi HC to govt
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 20:17
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 Trust.

"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.


First Published: Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 20:17

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