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Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act

Objective:  To protect healthcare service personnel and property including their living/working premises against violence during epidemics. 

  • Violence will include harassment and physical injury and damage to property. 
  • Healthcare service personnel include doctors, nurses, paramedical workers and community health workers directly involved in work related to the epidemic; any other persons empowered under the Act by central or state government. 
  • Acts of violence shall be cognizable and non-bail able offences. 

Commission or abetment of acts of violence: Punishment- imprisonment for a term of three months to five years, and with fine of Rs.50,000/- to Rs.2,00,000/-.  In case of causing grievous hurt, imprisonment shall be for a term six months to seven years and with fine of Rs.1,00,000/- to Rs.5,00,000/-. 

  • The offender shall also be liable to pay to the victim and twice the fair market value for damage of property.
  • Investigation to be done by an officer of the rank of Inspector within a period of 30 days, and trial has to be completed in one year (court may extend reasonably).
  • The scope of inspection of vessels arriving or leaving the country has been enlarged to include road, rail, sea and air vessels.

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