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Non-payment of salaries to medics a criminal offence: Govt to inform states

The top court noted that non-adherence to the Centre's direction by states will be treated as an offence under the Disaster Management Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code

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The Centre on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that it will issue a direction to all the states under the Disaster Management Act to pay timely salaries and remunerations to all doctors and healthcare workers, and any breach would considered be a criminal offence.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, made a statement before the apex court that the Centre is willing to make non-payment of salary a criminal offence under the Disaster Management Act.

Mehta contended before the bench that the Centre will issue a direction under Section 10 of the Disaster Management Act.

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First Published: Jun 17 2020 | 2:42 PM IST

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