UP Public Health and Epidemic Disease Control Ordinance, 2020 passed by the Cabinet
- The Uttar Pradesh Public Health and Epidemic Disease Control Ordinance, 2020 has been cleared by the Cabinet headed by the UP CM, Yogi AdityaNath.
- It prescribes a maximum punishment of life term if “death be caused by intentional (COVID-19) affliction”.
- The ordinance will be sent to the Governor for approval.
IMPORTANT HIGHLIGHTS EXPLAINED
- Section 24 of the ordinance on “punishment for intentional affliction” says any person who “intentionally” infects another person with a contagious disease shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for 2-5 years.
- Section 25 defines “mass affliction” as infecting five or more persons.
- Section 26 states that “whoever causes death by affliction under Sections 24 and 25, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but may extend to imprisonment for life”, and shall also be liable to pay a fine ranging from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.
- Section 30 of the ordinance underlines that notwithstanding anything contained in the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), all offences under this ordinance shall be cognizable and non-bailable.
- Under the proposed law, the punishments are defined under different heads, including for “concealment” and “travel by public mode of transport”. The punishment for both these offences is imprisonment for 1-3 years and a fine of Rs 50,000-1 lakh.
- If any person is found to spread the infection in the community, he/she could be imprisoned for 3-10 years.
- There is a provision for punishment ranging from six months to 7 years, and fine ranging from 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh for assault or misbehaviour with health workers, paramedical staff, police personnel, sanitation workers or any corona warrior deployed by the government.
- An imprisonment for 2-5 years, and fine of Rs 50,000-2 lakhs will be there for those who spit on corona warriors, throw filth on them, violate isolation norms during quarantine or incite people to attack or misbehave with corona warriors.
- For violation of quarantine rules, the person can be imprisoned for 1-3 years and made to pay Rs 10,000 -1 lakh.
- Those who escape from hospital can be imprisoned for 1-2 years and made to pay Rs 10,000-1 lakh.
AUTHORITIES TO BE ESTABLISHED
- The government will set up two authorities for prevention and treatment of the disease: the State Epidemic Control Authority chaired by the CM, and district-level epidemic control authorities chaired by the district magistrates.
- While the state authority will advise the government on prevention and control, district authorities will coordinate with the different departments.
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched the Ayush Kavach on 5 May 2020 and this app will provide health-related tips and information about ayurvedic medicines amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Uttar Pradesh’s CM- Yogi Adityanath
- Uttar Pradesh’s Governor- Anandiben Patel
- Uttar Pradesh’s Capital- Lucknow