Last week, the Patna High Court ordered the Bihar government to establish a dedicated Toll-Free Help Line number to deal with the problems that might arise as a result of the pandemic (Corona-Virus).
The toll-free number would be dedicated for :
* Old Age Homes
* Centre for disabled people
The State of Bihar told the Bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice S. Kumar that it had promulgated the Bihar Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, and that officers under the said Regulations had been named to deal with all issues and problems arising as a result of the Pandemic (Corona Virus) prevalent in Bihar.
The Court was also told that there were separate and dedicated Toll-Free Help Line numbers dealing with the issues of I orphanage(s); and (ii) orphanage(s) (ii) Old Age Homes, (iii) Centre for disabled people.
In light of this, the Petitioner argued before the Court that, given the current times and conditions, it was wise and fitting to create a new Toll-Free Help Line number dedicated to the problems that these Institutions/Sectors face.