Manipur: The practice of restricting people’s livelihoods by connecting employment to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine was declared illegal by the Manipur High Court.

According to a report by LiveLaw, a bench of Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice Kh. Nobin Singh held that such a step would infringe on an individual’s right to choose whether or not to be vaccinated.

The court was hearing a public interest petition challenging a Manipur home department notice that proposed prioritising the opening of institutions, organisations, factories, and shops with vaccinated employees.

The government also stated that such a clause would apply to MGNREGA job cardholders as well as those who worked on both public and private projects.

The government was attempting to link vaccination as a requirement for employment, according to the court. The court also clarified the government’s role in vaccination, emphasising the importance of public awareness over imposing conditions.

The court has put the notification on hold until the next hearing date and has requested a response from the state government.

Similarly, in late June, the Meghalaya High Vourt ruled that forcible vaccination administration violates the “fundamental purpose of welfare” associated with vaccination.

Also read | HC slams Manipur govt over notification for reopening of shops, offices

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