Coronavirus: Up to 7 years of jail if found guilty in attack on health workers
New Delhi : Amid reports of attack on the health workers across the nation, the Central government on Wednesday claimed that they have brought an ordinance to end violence against health workers. It has been notified that the culprits will be awarded with 6 months to 7 years of jail additionally there will be a fine from Rs 50,000 to Rs 2,00,000.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar addressed a press conference and mentioned that the health workers who are trying to save the country from coronavirus pandemic are facing attack themselves.
"No incident of violence or harassment, against them will be tolerated. An ordinance has been brought in, it’ll be implemented after President’s sanction," he said.
The amended Epidemic Act -- a 120-year-old law -- will protect doctors, nurses, health workers, attendants and also Aasha workers, Mr Javadekar said. "Healthcare professionals will also be extended insurance cover," he said.
Earlier, Union Minister Amit Shah tweeted, "Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable. It is our collective responsibility to ensure conducive atmosphere for them at all times. I have assured doctors that Modi govt is committed to their cause and appealed to reconsider their proposed protest."