The Uttar Pradesh government is set to bring out an ordinance to punish those going against the coronavirus lockdown norms and attacking health workers and police officials.
The Uttar Pradesh Epidemic Disease Control Ordinance, 2020; will have provisions for strict punishment which includes a jail term and heavy fine. The amended norms will also have described punishments for those fleeing from quarantine centres, risking the lives of others.
According to a report given by The Indian Express, the ordinance will make the way to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. And will empower the administrative authorities to punish those involved in attacking the frontline workers which will include a jail term of up to seven years and Rs 5 lakh as fine.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said that attacks on corona warriors are a direct challenge to the law and order system and cannot go unpunished as these people are working for the society by putting their lives at risk.
“That is why we have moved forward to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act…,” he said while referring to the recent incidents of attack on health workers and police in Kanpur and Moradabad.
Uttar Pradesh Law Minister Brijesh Pathak stated, after the amendment of the Act by the center Centre, each state was supposed to amend rules relating to it.
“Uttar Pradesh has decided to implement all provisions, like punishment from six months to seven years and fine imposed in the Central Act. We have decided to bring a fresh ordinance, making the punishment more strict,” he told the daily.