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Epidemic Disease Bill passed in Odisha Assembly

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The Epidemic Disease(Amendment) Bill 2020, was passed in the Odisha Assembly. But, BJP and some Congress members opposed the penal provisions of imprisonment up to two years and `one lakh or the both for violation of the epidemic regulations.

The Bill had been introduced by Naba Kishore Das Health and Family Welfare Minister. By conducting the Bill he stated that the Covid-19 pandemic had created a substantial public health crisis worldwide. BJP member Jayanarayan Mishra, Congress Legislature Party Leader Narasingha Mishra, Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik and BJP Chief Whip Mohan Majhi said the Bill is meant to send leaders and workers of Opposition parties to jail. Narasingh Mishra stated that many Bills passes in the House did not examine the law due to the new legislation’s inherent defect. He further noted that the Government is not determined to contend the epidemic. However, they will take strict action against opposition party workers in case they break norms. The Bill is sighted at putting opposition leaders in trouble and to protect ruling leaders and workers.

The two ordinances proclaimed on April 8 and August 31 had revised the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, to include the penal provisions of imprisonment up to two years and ` one lakh or both for violation of the law.

Pradip Naik said that the Bill should not be passed in such a hurry. “What is the problem if the imprisonment period and amount of fine are less. If corona spreads due to spitting, the Government should ban pan, ghutka and liquor selling,” Naik said. But the minister denied the charges stating that the Bill is wholly intended at protecting people’s health and care.

Naba Kishore Das, the health Minister, expressed that the coronavirus pandemic has created a substantial public health crisis. The Government has initiated various measures to help the people suffering from this virus and contain this epidemic. The Government has framed Odisha Covid-19 regulations, 2020, exercising power conferred under sections 2 and 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty


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