Central Government has brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers or frontline warrior, carries imprisonment from 6 months to 7 years if anyone found guilty.
It has been seen in last couple of weeks that some hard headed mob attacks on Doctors, Policeman, Volunteers whenever they visit their areas to conduct test for Covid-19.
Indian Medical Association (IMA) also demanding a special central law on violence against doctors, nurses, health care workers, and hospitals by an ordinance, from government.
Finally, Indian Government decides to amend the Epidemic Act through an ordinance to protect healthcare workers, doctors and nurses. Jail term up to 7 years and fine up to 5 lakhs for anyone attacking frontline healthcare workers. Decision taken after several attacks on doctors.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said in press briefing “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”.
“Amendment to be made in Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Ordinance will be implemented. Those who attack COVID-19 warriors may be sentenced to period ranging between 3 months & 5 years & penalised from Rs 50,000 up to Rs 2 Lakh. In case of grievous injuries, the accused can be sentenced from 6 months to 7 years and fine up to 5 Lakh”, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar
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, He added.
In the questions for resumption flights operation , He answered, as of now no decision has been made. An announcement will be made when it will resume.