SC notice on fixing maximum rate of RT-PCR test

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/25/2020 12:33:42 PM

NEW DELHI, Nov 24: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Health Ministry on a PIL filed by Delhi lawyer Ajay Agrawal on fixing the maximum rate of the RT-PCR test for the Coronavirus and fixed further hearing on December 11.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian, in a hearing conducted through video conferencing, decided to hear the plea along with another writ petition no. 863 of another Delhi lawyer Sachin Jain, pending on the cost of treatment for Covid-19.
The petition has sought a direction to the governments to fix the maximum rate for the RT-PCR (real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) test to Rs 400 uniformly across the country, instead of Rs 900 to Rs 2800 as fixed by different state governments, Union Territories and NCT of Delhi.
There is a big loot by laboratories and they are minting money to the tune of crores and crores of rupees. The margin of profit is so high as it is as high as 1400 per cent in Andhra Pradesh and 1200 per cent in Delhi, said the petition.
It claimed that the RT-PCR kits are presently available for less than rupees 200 in the Indian market.
There is no other cost as the machines used for the RT-PCR test are already there with the laboratories as they conduct a large number of tests.
And the matter is concerned with 135 crore citizen of the country as everybody worried about the Coronavirus and forced to get their test done at this exorbitant price, it said.
It alleged that the owners of the private laboratories and hospitals are using the calamity into opportunities for minting crores and crores of rupees.



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