Govt authorizes DCs to impose penalty on violators of COVID-19 SOPs, guidelines

SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor, G C Murmu, in the exercise of powers conferred by section 2 of Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 (3 of 1897), has authorized all the Deputy Commissioners of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to impose penalties to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within their jurisdiction.

As per a notification issued here today in this regard, a penalty of Rs. 500 would be imposed on persons not wearing a mask in public places, Rs. 2,000 on persons violating the home quarantine instructions, Rs. 500 on persons spitting at public places, Rs. 2,000 on persons violating social distancing norms by the owner of shops/commercial places while for violating the social distancing norms by vehicle owners of Buses a penalty of Rs. 3000, of Cars Rs. 2000, of Auto Rickshaws and of two-wheelers Rs. 500 would be imposed.

Meanwhile, the notification further reads that non-payment of penalty, as aforementioned, by the violator will attract proceedings under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (45 of 1860).

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