An Act to provide for the better prevention of the spread of Dangerous Epidemic Diseases. It extends to the whole of India except the territories which, immediately before the 1st November 1956, were comprised in the Part B States.
When at any time the
State Government is satisfied that
the State or any part
thereof is visited by, or threatened with, an outbreak of any dangerous epidemic disease, the State Government, if it thinks that the ordinary provisions of the law for the time being in force are
insufficient for the purpose, may take, or require or empower any person to take, such measures and, by public notice, prescribe such temporary regulations to be observed by the public or by any
person or class of persons as 9
it shall deem necessary to prevent the outbreak of such disease or
the spread thereof and may determine in what manner and by whom any expenses incurred (including compensation if any) shall be defrayed.
In particular and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provisions, the
State Government may take measures and prescribe regulations for:
(a) The inspection of persons travelling by railway or otherwise, and the segregation, in hospital,
temporary accommodation or otherwise, of persons suspected by the inspecting officer of being infected with any such disease.
Powers of Central Government:
When the Central Government is satisfied that India
or any part thereof is visited by, or threatened with, an outbreak of any dangerous epidemic
disease and that the ordinary provisions of the law for the time being in force are insufficient to prevent the outbreak of such disease or the spread thereof, the Central Government may take measures and prescribe regulations for the inspection of any ship or vessel leaving or arriving at any port in the territories to which this Act extends and for such detention thereof, or of any
person intending to sail therein, or arriving thereby, as may be necessary
Any person disobeying any regulation or order made under this Act shall be
deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code
(45 of 1860)
Protection to persons acting under Act:
No suit or other legal proceeding shall
lie against any person for anything done or in good faith intended to be done under this