The Central Cabinet on Wednesday tightened the laws to protect the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and Asha Workers working day and night in service of Covid-19 patients from the unruly mobs by amending the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897 besides extending Rs 50 lakh insurance facility.
Disclosing the cabinet decision to promulgate an ordinance to this effect during a media briefing here in Delhi today, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar said that Narendra Modi government has taken this decision to protect our medical fraternity following the reports of them being targeted elsewhere in the country by unruly mobs.
Hence, the government has decided to treat such attacks as a cognizable offence. The investigation will be completed within 30 days from the registration of FIR. The guilty will be imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh and 6 months to 5 years imprisonment extendable up to 7 lakh even depending on the gravity of the crime besides recovering the loss incurred by the victim/s, hospitals, clinic etc.
“Anybody found to be responsible for such attacks on doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, or clinics, hospitals etc including Asha workers would be dealt with seriously and the loss caused thereby will be recovered in double the market value, he said.
To a question, he informed that over 24 lakh N-19 masks availability is there with the government. An order for the supply of 25 crores has already been placed and delivery is awaiting, he said.