SUPREME COURT ISSUES A SHOW-CAUSE ORDER ON SEPARATE MENTAL HEALTH DIVISION

On behalf of KOSHISH, Executive Director Matrika Prasad Devkota and Advocate Sharmila Parajuli jointly filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the different bodies of Government of Nepal (i.e the Prime Minister and the Office of the Council of Ministers including Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Federal Affairs and Administration, Ministry of Health and Population and National Planning Commission in the Supreme Court.

In the hearing of this Writ Petition, a single bench of the Supreme Court comprising Hon’ble Justice Bam Kumar Shrestha , issued a show –cause order to the government in which the petitioners had sought the following relief : establishment of  the separate Mental Health Division under the Ministry of Health and Population/ Health Services Department  at the federal level and Mental Health Branch under the Directorate of Health at the state level to be established along with the appointment of unit /resource person in District Hospitals and District Public Health Offices at the district level to initiate the National Mental Health Policy, 2054 proposed by the respondents to coordinate and address the mental health problems from central to local level and to facilitate, coordinate and regulate all the actions taken by the government for the protection and promotion of mental health.

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