SRINAGAR, July 20: Administration on Monday authorized district development commissioners to impose fine on those who don’t follow the COVID guidelines in Jammu and Kashmir.
Financial Commissioner Health and Medical Education Department issued an order, a copy of which lies with news agency KINS reads, “In exercise of the powers conferred by section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (3 of 1897), the Lieutenant Governor of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir hereby authorizes all the Dept ty Commissioners of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to take following measures within their jurisdiction and impose such penalties as shown against each column to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
As per the order, persons not wearing a mask in public places can be fined Rs. 500, persons violating the home quarantine instructions Rs. 2,000, persons spitting at public places Rs. 500, persons violating social distancing norms by owner of shops commercial laces Rs. 2,000, for violating the social ‘ uses . Rs. 3000, distancing norms by vehicle Rs. 2000/- owners of auto rickshaws two wheelers Rs. 500/.
“Non-payment of penalty, as aforementioned, by the violator will attract proceedings under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (45 of 1860),” the order reads.