New Delhi: The Modi government has decided to bring in an ordinance keeping in mind the safety of health workers fighting against the coronavirus epidemic. After the cabinet meeting, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that attacks and harassment against health workers would not be tolerated at all.
Amendment to be made to Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Ordinance will be implemented. Such crime will now be cognizable & non-bailable. Investigation will be done within 30 days. Accused can be sentenced from 3 months-5 yrs & penalised from Rs 50,000 upto Rs 2 Lakh: P Javadekar https://t.co/x3B5vjYZ8s
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In order to protect them, the government will issue an ordinance so that full protection is given to the health workers. It will be published immediately after the President’s signature.
The ordinance provides for severe punishment and fines. Javadekar said assaulting a doctor would be a non-bailable offense.
What is the punishment?
Provision has been made for punishment from 3 months to 5 years. A fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh will also be imposed. If further damage is done, the punishment can range from 6 months to 7 years.
If damage is done to the vehicles or clinics of healthcare workers, then a compensation amounting to twice the market value of the damaged property will be taken from the accused: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar pic.twitter.com/XOM6tDP5QA
— ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2020
The trial will begin within 30 days and the decision will come in 1 year. If the health worker’s car is damaged, the attacker will have to be compensated twice as much as the market.
The Modi government has taken this decision in the wake of attacks on medical personnel in many parts of the country. Earlier, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) decided to protest against the attacks on their duty doctors and health workers during the coronavirus crisis. Later, with the assurance from the government, the IMA withdrew the protest.
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