Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM), is an institute of higher education with campuses in Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, and Bangalore in India. It was established in 1980 at Visakhapatnam, it was affiliated to Andhra University. In 2007, it was conferred the status of the deemed university under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956.
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GITAM School of Law’s Webinar on Right to Health as Constitutional Mandate in Post Pandemic India.
Date: 9th August 2020
Time: 11:30 AM
About the Webinar
According to Article 25(1) of the universal declaration of human rights “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control”
“According to the preamble of the World Health Organization, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic, or social condition.
As India is a part of the United Nations it has therefore ratified many conventions for securing the health rights of the individuals. As India is a welfare State here, the state health and the health care of the individual is prima facie. Though the Right to Health is not included as an explicit fundamental right in the Indian Constitution the supreme court of India on various occasions interpreted Article 21 of the Constitution of India, provides that, “No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty except according to the procedure established by law.”
‘Life’ in Article 21 of the Constitution is not merely the physical act of breathing. It does not connote mere animal existence or continued drudgery through life. It has a much wider meaning which includes the right to live with human dignity, right to livelihood, right to health, right to pollution-free air, etc.
Amid an increase in COVID 19 cases what would be the best radical step towards the right to health as a constitutional mandate in post-pandemic India?
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