In announcing that attacks on healthcare employees “will not be tolerated,” Union Minister Prakash Javadekar announced Wednesday that the central government has introduced an ordinance under which convicted persons can be sentenced to seven years in prison including a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh.
The Cabinet approved the promulgation of an Ordinance amending the Infectious Diseases Act, 1897, making such acts of violence as identifiable and non-refundable crimes and providing compensation for injuries to health-care workers or for causing property harm or loss.
This legislation would cover the entire health fraternity, including physicians, nurses, paramedics, up to ASHA staff, the Union minister said. The Cabinet move comes hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Minister of Health Harsh Vardhan interacted. It is with Indian Medical Association (IMA) doctors and senior members via a video conference in New Delhi.
Also, assuaging all medical fraternity fears about their health in the battle towards the novel coronavirus. Thus, the home minister has reassured them that the government will not leave any stone unturned. So, it is to ensure their well-being and health. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has agreed to withdraw their symbolic protest following the meeting with Shah.
The Ministry of Home Affairs subsequently wrote to all States to ensure proper protection. So, it is for health care providers, medical personnel and frontline employees by enhancing their cover for safety and security.