New Delhi: The Centre was asked on Wednesday by the Delhi High Court to submit to it a report on implementation of the government's long-term action plan to control the outbreak of dangerous diseases like dengue in the city.
A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw sought the report within three weeks from the Union Ministry of Health and posted the matter for 12 December.
Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Rajeev Mehra said, "The officials are doing something on the issue (of implementing the action plan). Let me file a report on it."
Accepting the ASG's submissions, the court granted three weeks time to him to file the report.
The court's direction came during hearing of a petition by advocate Gaurav Kumar Bansal seeking formation of an independent committee to monitor implementation of a long-term action plan, formulated by the Centre earlier, to combat the mosquito menace in the city.
In his plea, Bansal said, "Direct the respondents to constitute an independent committee to effectively monitor the implementation of the long-term action plan issued by the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Government of India."
"It is the duty of the respondents to effectively and properly implement the long-term action plan issued by the respondent no 1 (Central government) in a time bound manner so that the dengue menace can come to an end," the plea said.