23 Apr 2020, 07:55 am By Rohit Sindhu
Violence against Health Workers would result 3 months to 7 years Jail, Govt brings ordinance

Central Government has brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers, carries imprisonment from 6 months to 7 years if anyone found guilty. On Wednesday Central Government taking major decision brings the Ordinance of imprisonment for violators from Six month to Seven years, the sources told. Ministry of Home Affairs after meeting Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Wednesday reached to bring the ordinance.  

After meeting MHA brings ordinance to amend Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 included imprisonment and penalty in Act. According to sources Amendment to be made to Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and violators will now be cognizable & non-bailable, said Union Minister. IMA welcomes the amendment on ordinance to curb violence against health workers. In addition to the ordinance MHA directed all States and Union Territories to ensure adequate security to healthcare professionals, medical staff & frontline workers to prevent violence against them. Strict action to be taken against those who obstruct the performance of last rites of CoronaWarriors succumbing to COVID19, said Spokesperson Home Ministry.

Violance against Health Worker would result Jail

On Wednesday Union Minister Prakash Javdekar said that ‘Health workers who are trying to save the country from this epidemic are unfortunately facing attacks. No incident of violence or harrasamemnt, against them will be tolerated. An ordinance has been brought in, it'll be implemented after President's sanction.’ Amending the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Ordinance of 6 months to 7 years Jail will be implemented. 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. The ordinance which amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 also provides for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to property, the statement added.

After the decision taken by Home Ministry, Dr. Sumedh Sandanshiv, at Delhi's RML hospital said ‘we welcome this step by the Centre. This will boost the morale of doctors &all healthcare staff. This act should be implemented for future also and not just during this pandemic.’

Ordinance in Epidemic Act 1897

Central Government has brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers, carries imprisonment from 6 months to 7 years if anyone found guilty. State Govts/ UTs are also requested to appoint Nodal Officers at State/UT level & at Dist level, who would be available 24*7 to redress any safety issue on the functioning of medical professionals.They should also take immediate&strict action in case any incident of violence takes place, said MHA

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.

  • In case of grievous injuries, the accused can be sentenced fr om 6 months to 7 years. They can be penalised from Rs 1 Lakhs to Rs 5 Lakhs.
  • 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.
  • The ordinance which amends the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 also provides for compensation for injury to healthcare service personnel or for causing damage or loss to property

violence against Health workers would result Jail

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