Clause allowing FIR against firms for COVID-19 cases goes
Industries can start production fearlessly, says Javadekar
- The government withdrew the clause allowing filing of an FIR against a company and its management if an employee tests positive for COVID-19, following concerns raised by India Inc.
- The policy has been revised and the FIR clause removed. All the confusions on this matter should end.
- It was believed that the States may take legal action, including imprisonment of the CEO, if a COVID-19 positive employee is found in the factory, and that in such a scenario the factory would be sealed for three months.
- Subject to compliance with standard operating procedure, no fresh licence or statutory approval is needed for resumption of permitted activities.
- An industry body CII had reached out to the government stating that it would not be correct to hold employers culpable, as the infection could spread even through asymptomatic carriers. It, however, suggested randomised inspections.
- The penalties under Disaster Management Act, 2005, would be applicable if the offence occurred with the consent and cognisance or due to the negligence of the employer.
- Government has not issued any directive that if any Coronavirus case is detected in the factory, there will be FIR against the factory.