In a matter related to lack of basic facilities to the leprosy patients residing in Leprosy Colony at Phagli, the High Court of Himachal Pradesh has directed the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla to inspect the Leprosy Home situated at Leprosy Colony, Phagli and to ensure necessary repairing work, within a period of four weeks.
A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Jyotsna Rewal Dua passed these orders on a petition filed by one Neeraj Shashwat who has alleged that leprosy patients have been allotted a building at Fagli, Shimla by the government almost a decade ago which has turned into shabby condition. He has alleged that since then no maintenance has been undertaken by the State in that building. He has also alleged that the leprosy patients have no toilets, no proper water facility, electric fittings are in dangerous condition, windows and doors are broken, there is leakage in sewerage system due to which patients have to go to toilet in open. He has alleged that the matter was taken up with the various authorities but none of them has shown any interest to improve the condition of these deprived people. He has alleged that the winter season has set in and the snowfall will aggravate the plight of the patients. The petitioner has requested to issue directions to the State to provide and maintain the basic amenities in the leprosy colony with immediate effect.
The Court posted the matter for 07.03.2022 for compliance.