The Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020

Oct 26, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The State Government of Karnataka on October 16, 2020 has issued the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020 to consolidate the laws relating to the regulation and prevention of epidemic diseases in the State of Karnataka. Clause (a) of Section 2, sub-section (3), (4), and (5) of section 5, section 9 and section 10 shall come into force at once and the remaining provisions shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from April 22, 2020. 

The Act provides the state, power to punish those attacking public servants and damaging public property. As per provisions of the Act, the State Government may impose suitable restrictions to prevent the outbreak of any disease. The Municipal Commissioners can exercise powers and duties as may be specified in the said Act. All officers, servants and other persons shall be deemed, when acting or purporting to act in pursuance of any of the provisions of this Act, to be public servants. 

Penalty provisions under the Act:-

• Anyone obstructing public servant shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three months, but which may extend to five years and with fine, which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees, but which may extend to two lakh rupees.

• Whoever causes damage to public or private property shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than three months, but which may extend to five years and with a fine which shall not be less than fifty thousand rupees, but which may extend to two lakh rupees.

• If the penalty is not paid by the offender, then the amount shall be recovered under provisions of the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, 1964. The Deputy Commissioner can even attach the property of such offender in due course.

• Any attack on public servant and health workers shall be cognizable and non-bailable

• Any abetment of offence would attract imprisonment of up to two years and a penalty of Rs 10,000 or both.

The Act has repealed the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Ordinance, 2020.

[Notification no NO. DPAL 58 SHASHANA 2020]


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