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COVID-19 violations: Rs 86 lakh fine imposed in Kashmir in past two weeks, says Govt

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government has imposed a fine of Rs 86,20,006 on violators of Covid-19 SOPs across 10 districts of Kashmir in the last two weeks.

As per the details shared by the Divisional Covid Control Room Kashmir (DCCR), fines to the tune of Rs 82,14,716 have been imposed on the people for not wearing masks in the past two weeks in the Valley.

The Srinagar district followed by Kulgam topped the list for realizing a fine of Rs 22,93,060 and Rs 13,44,500 respectively from the offenders between June 11 to June 24, an official press release informed.

It said the joint checking squads and teams constituted by respective Deputy Commissioners deployed across all districts have intensified inspections and action against violations of laid down guidelines to ensure Covid SOPs are followed religiously to contain the spread of virus.

The flying squads have held as many as 27,925 inspections, arrested nearly 300 persons, while as nearly 1000 shops including some restaurants and hotels were sealed for violating Covid SOPs.

During the campaign, the fine was imposed for violations of wearing face mask/spitting, social distancing and violations done by shopkeepers, restaurant operators, religious places, wedding halls, workshops, other business establishments and during gatherings the press release informed.

It said during the checking of 63,935 vehicles, 2,677 violations were found against what 1,590 vehicles were challaned and 901 vehicles were impounded.

Senior officials at Divisional COVID Control Room said that the operation against the violations of Covid SOPs shall be intensified in future in all districts and those found indulging in violations shall be booked as per the law to ensure people adopt appropriate behavior as is must to contain the spread of virus.

They added that enforcement complemented with vaccination is the best possible strategy to lower the epidemic curve. Enforcing appropriate behaviour is the imperative of the government and there shall be zero tolerance against violators, the officials said.

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