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HC seeks health service report

Patna High Court on Monday sought a report from the government on the state of hospitals, vacancy of doctors and availability of medicines.

The division bench of Justice T. Meena Kumari and Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh directed the government to file a detailed reply in the form of a report within four weeks on a PIL filed by one Dhirendra Kumar.

The bench, while posting the matter for hearing on January 3, directed the government to file its report after collecting data from districts.

The petition, filed through Sunil Kumar, also sought the interference of the bench in improving the infrastructure facilities at all medical college and hospitals, district and sub-divisional hospitals, primary health centres and additional primary health centres.

Showcause reply

A high court bench of Justice Anjana Prakash on Monday directed the education department to file its showcause reply by December 6 on vacancies of mathematics and biology teachers in high schools till date.

The court, which expressed displeasure for non-compliance of its order, had on October 15 asked the government to explain the reasons for not making appointment of 1,056 biology and 552 mathematics teachers in various high schools.

The government on Monday submitted that there are 329 posts in biology and 312 posts in mathematics.

Disaster prod

A high court division bench comprising Justice T. Meena Kumari and Justice Chakradhari Sharan Singh on Monday gave six weeks’ time to the state government to finalise the disaster management plan both at state and district levels according to the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to mitigate the impact of natural calamities. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Chhaya Sarkar, involved with an NGO, seeking direction to the government for early preparation of disaster management plan.