Government issues guidelines for the 21-day countrywide lockdown. Here are the details

Refusal to comply by directions given by the Centre or the respective state can invite punishment which includes jail term of up to 1 year or a fine or both. If non-compliance leads to loss of life or danger shall invite punishment of jail term of...

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With this lockdown measure, which includes sealing borders and restricting movement to only essential services, the Centre will try to prevent an explosion of cases that could overwhelm the country's fragile public health system.
India's 1.3 billion people go under complete lockdown from midnight for 3 weeks in bid to stem the spread of coronavirus, that has claimed over 17,000 lives across the world so far. With this lockdown measure, which includes sealing borders and restricting movement to only essential services, the Centre will try to prevent an explosion of cases that could overwhelm the country's fragile public health system.

Along with the list of exceptions, lockdown violations could invite jail term or heavy penalty under the disaster management act, 2005. A snapshot:

Refusal to comply by directions given by the Centre or the respective state can invite punishment which includes jail term of up to 1 year or a fine or both. If non-compliance leads to loss of life or danger shall invite punishment of jail term of 2 years.


Making false claims during the period for getting any benefits, relief shall invite jail term of 2 years and fine.

Hoarding of money or goods, especially by those mandated, will invite a jail term of 2 years and fine.

Circulation of fake news that creates panic will invite jail term of 1 year or fine.
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Govt officials found misusing or failing to exercise their powers during the period will face severe action.

Officers who cease or refuse to perform, unless he has a lawful reason to do so, will face jail term of up to 1 year or fine.

Offence by companies:
(1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company or body corporate, every person who at the time the offence was committed, was in charge of, and was responsible to, the company, for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company shall be deemed to be guilty of the contravention and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly:
(2) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, and it is proved that the offence was committed with the consent or connivance
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of or is attributable to any neglect on the part of any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the
company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also, be deemed to be guilty of that
offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

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No court shall take cognizance of an offence under this Act except on a complaint made by
(a) the National Authority, the State Authority, the Central Government, the State Government, the District Authority or any other authority or officer authorised in this behalf by that Authority or Government, as the case may be; or
(b) any person who has given notice of not less than thirty days in the manner prescribed, of the alleged offence and his intention to make a complaint to the National Authority, the State Authority, the Central Government, the State Government, the District Authority or any other authority or officer authorised as aforesaid.
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