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Those breaching the Provisions of the Disaster Management Act will be penalized under law

April 05, 2020 03:39 PM

SHIMLA: Principal Secretary Revenue cum Disaster Management, Himachal Pradesh Onkar Chand Sharma told here today that for risk management of the situation arisen due to COVID-19, the provision of Disaster Management Act was in force in the State.

He said that the nationwide lockdown of 21 days, which started from 24th March, is enforced as per directives of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and National Executive Committee (NEC) under provision of Disaster Management Act with exemptions wherever required.

He said that there is a provision of offences and penalties under Sections 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, which includes obstructing a government employee or National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) or District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) authorized person in performing his duties, refusing to comply with any direction given by government or NDMA, SDMA or DDMA, making false claims for obtaining assistance etc. from the government, misappropriation of money meant for providing relief during disaster, making false warnings leading to panic. He said that as per Disaster Management Act, court may take cognizance of an offence under Section 60 of the Act. Further, under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, anyone found guilty of disobeying the orders or directions issued by public servant in general interest shall be punishable under law.

He said that all Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police have been directed to ensure to enforce the directions of National Disaster Management Authority and National Executive Committee. Anyone found guilty of breaching National Disaster Act will be penalized under law.

He said that anyone disseminating false alarms or any misinformation in any form can face imprisonment up to one year or a fine under section 54 of Disaster Management Act 2005.

He said that the Supreme Court also reminded on March 31 that Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act can be used to punish those who makes or circulates a false alarm or warning as to disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic.

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