The Cabinet on Wednesday authorised an Ordinance to make acts of violence in opposition to docs and different medical workers as a cognizable and non-bailable offence, with punishment as much as seven years in jail, as the federal government sought to assuage fears of the well being staff amid growing stories of assaults on them. The attackers may also need to pay double the price of the property they injury.
Briefing media after the assembly, info and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned the Cabinet has authorised the Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and that assaults in opposition to the well being staff, who’re staking their lives to struggle the Covid-19 pandemic, received’t be tolerated.
“It (the Ordinance) carries imprisonment from 6 months to 7 years if anyone is found guilty,” Javadekar mentioned. The Ordinance additionally stipulates stiff provisions, together with fines as much as Rs 2 lakh. If the well being staff maintain critical accidents, the attackers will face punishment as much as seven years in jail and high-quality of Rs 5 lakh. Investigations on the assaults will probably be wrapped up in only one month to expedite the circumstances.
Meanwhile, following assembly of its representatives with dwelling minister Amit Shah via video convention on Wednesday, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) referred to as off its proposed ‘White alert’ and ‘Black day’ protests that have been scheduled for April 22 and 23.
In view of the mounting assaults, the IMA had been demanding that the federal government formulate a regulation to guard well being staff. “Health workers who are trying to save the country from this epidemic are unfortunately facing attacks. No incident of violence or harassment, against them will be tolerated. An ordinance has been brought in, it’ll be implemented after President’s sanction,” Javadekar mentioned.