Centre informs SC to instruct portal with mental health facilities

22 November, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Centre notified Supreme Court on Tuesday that it has solicited bids to create a portal that would give real-time information on mental health institutions down to the district level.

Centre notified Supreme Court on Tuesday that it has solicited bids to create a portal that would give real-time information on mental health institutions down to the district level.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud directed Centre to produce an affidavit detailing portal’s implementation. During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General Madhavi Divan informed court about a dashboard that they want to install on the site to provide real-time information on mental health services.

Counsel further informed court that all state governments have been summoned to a demonstration within 15 days, and that site will be operational within a month.

The court was considering a petition for rehabilitation of the mentally ill who were being held in hospitals or mental asylums. The petition was filed by lawyer Gaurav Kumar Bansal.

Supreme Court had previously asked Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to develop and distribute a model version of its online dashboard to all States/Union Territories.