Recently we have seen cases in which Doctors and Healthcare workers have been attacked by the mob who are helping us in this time of pandemic disease by risking their lives. Therefore the Central Government has decided to introduce an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to make attacks on Doctors and healthcare workers a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

The announcement was made by the Union Minister Prakash Javedkar during cabinet briefing.

He announced the punishment regarding the attack. He announced that-

The offence shall be punishable with imprisonment ranging from 3 months to 5 years, and Penalty ranging from Rs. 50,000 to 2 Lakh.

In case of a very serious attack, the imprisonment may be for a period of six months and maximum of seven years, with a penalty ranging from Rs. 1 Lakh to 5 Lakh.

As per the ordinance, investigation into the incident of attack on doctors and healthcare workers has to be conducted by a senior inspector and is bound to complete the investigation between 30 days.

Court proceedings relatively will be conducted related to these cases in a time bound manner, and has to be decided within a year.

Further, Union Minister Javedkar announced that any damage to the vehicles or clinics of doctors or health care workers, the perpetrators would have to pay double the market cost of the damaged asset as compensation.

And in case of failure to pay the amount of compensation, in such case the award shall be recovered as an array of land revenue under the Revenue Recovery Act, 1890.

Therefore, this Ordinance has brought the amendment, in the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. 

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