EPIDEMIC DISEASES ACT , 1897: NEED FOR A NEW COMPREHENSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH LEGISLATION

In times of  Covid-19 pandemic,  Center and states in India have enforced the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in their respective areas.The Act which was enacted for preventing spread of epidemic diseases empowers…

Government passes ordinance to keep healthcare workers safe

The government passed The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) ordinance, 2020 which makes physical attacks on doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers were on  made a non-bailable offence punishable by up to seven years in prison , which carries a minimum jail term of three months Investigations into…

Centre permits conversion of surplus rice to ethanol for hand sanitisers

The government  allowed the conversion of surplus rice, available with the Food Corporation of India (FCI), to ethanol. This will lead to utilisation of part of a huge stockpile of 30.57 million tonnes (mt) of rice (as of March 10) —almost 128 per…