Medical expense: HC asks Govt to support those in debt
Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday stated that the government is constitutionally bound to provide assistance to people who are in debt due to expenses incurred from medical treatment. Justice Ramachandram made the observation while hearing a petition of Malappuram Karuvarakundu native Alavi. He approached the court as his family will be forced to be evicted from their house over the delay in repayment of loans.
The court noticed the helpless situation of Alavi’s family who are facing eviction over loans taken to meet the medical expense of two children.
Alavi filed the petition against Malappuram district cooperative bank where he has taken loan. Alavi, his wife and their two children are living in the house which faces eviction.
Hearing the case, the court asked the government to propose a plan to assist people in debt due to the rising medical expense. A report should be submitted within two weeks in this regard.
Apart from the petitioner, the government should inform the court on its stand to assist people in similar situation.
Malappuram district collector has been directed by the court to send a representative to review the situation of the petitioner’s family and ensure whether his sick children get treatment. A report regarding this should be submitted in the court within two weeks. For this purpose, the court has named government and Malappuram district collector as parties in the case.
The petition will be reconsidered on December 18. The bank was restricted to take immediate action to attach their property.