Ordinance for Bigger Legal Protection to Corona Warriors

Due to persistent attacks on health care workers battling against Covid-19 pandemic, the government has approved an ordinance (Epidemic disease ordinance 2020) to make such attacks a non-bailable offence, accelerate investigation, imprisonment of seven years to those convicted and enforce stringent penalties on damage of property.

The decision for ordinance came after a cabinet meeting on Wednesday due to assurances of safety promised by home minister Amit Shah and health minister Harsh Vardhan to the Indian Medical Association (IMA). Home minister also sent an advisory to state governments to ensure safety of all the health care workers and to take strict action against any person hindering the functioning of health care workers, and performance of their last rites.

Prime minister Narendra Modi tweeted “The Epidemic Diseases ordinance,2020 is our commitment to protect each and every health care worker who is bravely battling Covid-19 on the frontline. It will ensure safety of our professionals”. He also emphasized that there could be no compromise on the safety of health workers.

NEW DELHI, INDIA – MARCH 31: A bus driver in a protective suit before ferrying people who took part in a Tablighi Jamaat function earlier this month to a quarantine facility amid concerns of infection, on day 7 of the 21 day nationwide lockdown imposed by PM Narendra Modi to check the spread of coronavirus, at Nizamuddin West on March 31, 2020 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Ajay Aggarwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Medical fraternity has welcomed the ordinance. This ordinance was the need of the hour to ensure protection to our corona warriors.

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