Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has decided to bring an ordinance to enhance the punishment for non-compliance with the guidelines laid down for containing the spread of Coronavirus.
The State cabinet meeting chaired by CM Naveen Patnaik decided to ensure strict observance of guidelines for containing the spread of Covid-19.
The State Cabinet has amended the Epidemic Act. The violators of the Act such as not adhering to social distancing, not using masks and spitting in public places will attract fine from Rs 1000 and can be extended up to Rs one lakh or with both depending upon the degrees of the crime.
It is proposed that necessary amendment to the Act in its application to Odisha may be effected by promulgation of an ordinance.
The state government has already initiated various measures to contain the epidemic and has framed Odisha COVID- 19 Regulations, 2020 exercising the power conferred under sections 2 and 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act.