RS passed Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020 to protect healthcare workers

The Bill seeks to make sure that there is an attitude of zero tolerance towards violence against people working in the healthcare sector, especially amid the covid-19 pandemic.
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Updated: Sep 19, 2020 08:25:52 pm

RS passed Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020 to protect healthcare workers

19 September 2020 Current Affairs:Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, passed the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill, 2020 on 19 September 2020. The Bill aims to punish the individuals who attack health workers or doctors who are fighting the covid-19 outbreak or during any situation similar to the current pandemic. 

Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill, 2020:
♦ The Bill seeks to make sure that there is an attitude of zero tolerance towards violence against people working in the healthcare sector, especially amid the covid-19 pandemic.
♦ As per the Bill, if any damage is caused to clinical establishments, quarantine & isolation facilities of patients, any other property associated with healthcare personnel or mobile medical units during a pandemic, penal provisions can be provoked.
♦ It approves a penalty ranging from Rs.50,000 to Rs.2,00,000 on any individuals who is involved in the commission or abetment of such acts of violence.
♦ The Bill provides a jail term of up to 5 years for those who attack doctors and health care personnel.

Background:
Earlier, the GoI implemented the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 with an aim to provide protection to health care service personnel, their living premises, and their workplaces against any violence during the course of a pandemic.
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