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Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and Disaster Management Act 2005

Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and Disaster Management Act 2005

An Act to provide for the better prevention of the spread of Dangerous Epidemic Diseases.

All the states and union territories of India are advised to invoke the provisions of Section 2 of the Epidemic Disease Act 1897. The home ministry has also prohibited cruise ships, crew, or passengers from coronavirus-hit nations to come to India till March 31 under the act.

The Act was formulated pre-independence mainly to control plague in the late 1800s.

The GOI noted that the powers held by the home ministry under the Disaster Management Act shall be “delegated” to the health ministry so as to prepare India against the outbreak.

Source: indiankanoon, thehindubusinessline

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