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President Ramnath Kovinde approved the Epidemic Disease Ordinance-2020....

President Ramnath Kovind gives assent to promulgation of Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases...


 by.edujobgk.com 24-04-2020

President Ramnath Kovind gives assent to promulgation of Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases ActNEWS AGENCIES| Updated on: 23 April 2020, 10:55 IST Ramnath Kovind 




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President Ram Nath Kovind has approved to promulgate The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which provides stricter punishments for attacks against health workers even as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak.


The Ordinance provides for making such acts of violence cognizable and non-bailable offences and for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to the property in which healthcare service personnel may have a direct interest in relation to the epidemic, according to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


The amendment makes acts of violence cognizable and non-bailable offences. Commission or abetment of such acts of violence shall be punished with imprisonment for a term of three months to five years, and with fine of Rs.50,000/- to Rs.2,00,000/-," the Ministry said in a release on Wednesday.


NEW DELHI : President Ram Nath Kovind has approved The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, aimed at protecting healthcare professionals against violence during health crises such as the covid-19 pandemic now ravaging the world.


The approval given late on Wednesday followed the Union cabinet nod to the ordinance, which makes not just attacks on healthcare personnel, but also those on their property, including their living and working premises, cognizable, non-bailable offences. The ordinance also provides for compensation for injury and damage to or loss of property in such cases.


“Doctors and primary healthcare workers are engaging with the grassroots night and day to contain this pandemic. They are conducting door-to-door visits in affected areas, monitoring quarantined patients, and testing people. The strong law would deter unruly elements while emboldening healthcare workers and assuring them that their safety is being accorded high priority," said Vikram Thaploo, chief executive officer, Apollo Telehealth.

President Ramnath Kovinde has approved the Epidemic Disease Ordinance-2020. Along with this, strict action will be taken against those who attack health workers in the country. The ordinance provides for imprisonment ranging from three months to seven months. The central government has come up with a safety net for health workers after an attack on a health worker treating a corona patient in the country.

President Ramnath Kovinde approved the Epidemic Disease Ordinance-2020

If the health workers’ vehicles or clinics are damaged, the accused will be charged twice the market value of the damaged property, the Union Minister announced.




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