The high court claimed that when Kerala was dealing with the pandemic, it did its best to “do the necessary” to make certain the general public was not influenced.

In apparent assistance of the LDF government’s choice to slash rates of RTPCR and Rapid Antigen tests to 300 and 100, specifically, the Kerala High Court on Thursday claimed that when faced with a pandemic situation the “state can not be a silent spectator”.

The high court said that when the state was encountering the COVID-19 pandemic, it did its best to “do the needful” to make certain the public was not influenced.

“In such a situation, the government took specific actions to control the price of the (COVID-19) tests,” Justice P V Kunhikrishnan said.

The judge additionally claimed that he “professionally” can not concur with the observations in an earlier order of the high court which claimed the state does not have the power to set price of the examinations.

Justice Kunhikrishnan, therefore, said the concern requires to be made a decision by a bigger bench and also sent the matter to the Chief Justice for constituting an appropriate bench to listen to the appeals of the personal labs versus the lowering of the test prices.

“An in-depth factor to consider of this facet by a division bench is required,” the judge claimed.

The earlier rates of RTPCR and Quick Antigen examinations were 500 and 300, specifically and also these were decreased by the state government on February 9.

The Accredited Molecular Screening Laboratories Association (AMLA) had in 2015 challenged the state federal government’s April 2021 decision to cap RT-PCR rates at 500 as well as the high court had actually established it aside in October 2021.

The court, while alloting the cap on test rates, had actually asked the government to take care of the prices after also hearing the private labs’ problems.

Consequently, in February this year, the state lowered the prices better, which according to the laboratories was done without thinking about their worries.

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Last Updated: 10 March 2022