Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has amended “The Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897” stipulating stiff punishment for violations under the Act.
The state Cabinet has ratified the ordinance on the matter, informed Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy on Thursday.
He told the media at Geeta Govinda Sadan here that with the ordinance in place will ensure any violation under section 3 of the Act for punishment with imprisonment up to two years and fine up to Rs 10,000 or both. The offence will be cognizable and bailable, he added.
The Chief Secretary said that under section 3 offences under the provision has been made compoundable. He said not wearing a mask in public places shall be considered as an offence, penalty for the first three instances has been kept at Rs 200.
Offences beyond that will carry a penalty of Rs 500. This will be enforced in the entire state with immediate effect, added Tripathy.