Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Discuss the key provisions of the 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act.

Topic:  Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources. Disaster and disaster management.

6.  Discuss the key provisions of the 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act. (250 words)

Reference: Indian Express  

Why this question:

t was decided in a Cabinet Secretary meeting that states and Union Territories should invoke provisions of Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, so that Health Ministry advisories are enforceable, Thus the question.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the key provisions of 1897 Epidemic Diseases act.


Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:


Briefly explain the need and necessity of the act.


Explain that the Epidemic Diseases Act is routinely enforced across the country for dealing with outbreaks of diseases such as swine flu, dengue, and cholera.

Present briefly the History of the 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act.

Discuss the Provisions of the 1897 Epidemic Diseases Act.

Highlight issues associated with it. Suggest its utility


Conclude way forward.