The state Assembly on Saturday passed an amendment bill according to which those found guilty of hurting or assaulting government officials or elected representatives while discharging her duty will have to face imprisonment for five years.
Currently, such an offender faces maximum three years’ imprisonment. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that there was a need to make the punishment harsher for the offence as the number of such cases of assault on public servants has increased. Between 2011 and 2015, the state recorded 17,682 cases of assaults on public servants, while they were on duty.
He also clarified that the term public servant includes both government officials and elected representatives - legislators, corporators, members of Parliament.
Fadnavis also informed the lower house that the bill had been sanctioned by the President of India before it was placed in the Assembly. “Even the Centre applauded the move and said that they will ask all the states to follow it,” he said.