The Parliament passed the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 on September 22, 2020, ensuring the protection of the health workers. The bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on September 19, 2020. While talking about the bill, the Union Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan informed in Lok Sabha that the government took advice from various law experts before introducing this act. Under the act, whose who insult the corona warriors will be asked to pay fine or may even get a jail term.
Key Provisions of the Bill
.The bill defines the ‘act of violence’ committed against a healthcare service personnel as:
8.It gives the central government power to regulate:
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