Central Government for carrying stringent punishment against those attacking health workers

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Central Government for carrying stringent punishment against those attacking health workers

Adhering to the directions of  Central Government for carrying stringent punishment and a hefty fine against those attacking the health workers and those in the field helping battle COVID-19, Haryana Government today has designated Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) as the State Nodal Officer (SNO) and all Police Commissioners, Senior Superintendent’s of Police, Superintendents of Police (as the case may be) as District Nodal Officers (DNO) for the implementation of the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Sharing more details in this regard, Additional Chief Secretary Home, Mr. Vijai Vardhan said that detailed directions have been issued to the concerned officers.

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He said that as per the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 any act of committing or abetment of violence by any person against any healthcare person serving during an epidemic or any act of abetment or causing damage or loss to any property during an epidemic has been made a cognizable and non-bailable offence punishable under the said ordinance.

He shared that the District Nodal Officers had been directed to regularly submit reports to the State Nodal Officer. The SNO would submit Action Taken Reports (ATR’s) in consultation with the Director-General of Police to the Home Department accordingly.

While the details of preventive measures taken and the appointment of the above mentioned Nodal Officers should be widely publicized amongst the medical fraternity including the local, district chapter of the Indian Medical Association (IMA’s) as well as to the public at large so as to create a sense of security and confidence amongst the health fraternity. Members of the IMA be kept apprised of the actions taken regularly.

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Central Government for carrying stringent punishment against those attacking health workers

Meanwhile, adopting the ‘Zero Tolerance’ approach to ensure the safety and security of doctors or health workers working 24×7 to fight the COVID-19 battle, the Centre Government has amended the Epidemic Act under which the violators would be liable to serve imprisonment for a term which would not be less than six months and may extend upto a period of seven years and with a penalty of anywhere between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 5 lakh

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