‘Ordinance Manifests Our Commitment to Protect Health Workers’: PM

Acts of violence against healthcare service personnel will be made cognisable and non-bailable offences.

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Amid reports of increasing attacks on healthcare personnel, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday, 22 April, cleared an ordinance making acts of violence against them cognizable and non-bailable offences.

“The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 manifests our commitment to protect each and every healthcare worker who is bravely battling COVID-19 on the frontline,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.

“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,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

Asked whether the new changes in the law will be applicable even after the threat of COVID-19 is over, Javadekar told reporters that the ordinance has been approved to amend the Epidemic Act.

"But it is a good beginning," he said, without elaborating, PTI reported.

“We welcome this step by the Centre. This will boost the morale of doctors and all healthcare staff. This act should be implemented for the future also and not just during this pandemic,” Dr Sumedh Sandanshiv, at Delhi's RML hospital told ANI.

MHA Directs States to Ensure Adequate Security for Health Workers

The home ministry also wrote to states directing them to ensure adequate security to healthcare professionals, medical staff and frontline workers to prevent violence against them.

“Strict action to be taken against those who obstruct the performance of last rites of COVID Warriors succumbing to COVID-19,” the spokesperson said.

A copy of the order is reproduced below:

‘Ordinance Manifests Our Commitment to Protect Health Workers’: PM
(Source: ANI/Twitter)
‘Ordinance Manifests Our Commitment to Protect Health Workers’: PM
(Source: ANI/Twitter)

(With inputs from PTI and ANI)

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