Law Affairs For The Month Of April 2020
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued guidelines for LockDown 2.0 that was extended till May 3, 2020. According to the new guidelines, spitting in the public was made offensive under the National Disaster Management Act. The guidelines also had made wearing masks in public places mandatory. Spitting has been made punishable under Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act. Refusal to abide by the order shall lead to imprisonment till one year.
The Ministry of Power has made changes to the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020. This is being done to promote electricity generation from renewable sources.
On April 22, 2020, the Government of India brought in an ordinance to end violence against doctors and health care workers. According to the ordinance, persons attacking health personnel are to be sentenced to jail for 6 months to 7 years. In non-serious cases, the workers are liable to pay a penalty of Rs 50,000 and in serious cases between Rs 2 lakhs and 5 lakhs. In order to achieve this, the ordinance will make an amendment to the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. Also, the GoI has made the Epidemic Act a concurrent act. This allows the state governments to take action as well.
On April 23, 2020, the Supreme Court of India pronounced that it is the quantity of the banned drug mixture that will decide the punishment of the offender and not the purity. The clarification was given by the apex court under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.
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