Bhubaneswar, April 14, 2021: It’s a time when the state is implementing special 14-day drive to enforce Covid-19 safety protocol. And a time when Odisha Police fines a constable Rs 2,000 for not wearing a mask.
Odisha Police fines constable
The Naveen Patnaik government has implemented 14-day Mask Abhijan and therefore, the Odisha Police fines a constable Rs 2,000 for not wearing a mask to curb the spread of coronavirus.
During the Mask Abhijan, the Naveen Patnaik government is slapping a fine of Rs 2,000 on anyone who is found without a mask. The health and family welfare department has made an amendment in the Odisha Covid-19 (Fourth) Regulation 2020 – now called Odisha Covid-19 (Fifth Amendment) Regulation 2020 – on April 9. This was done to make enforcement stricter in view of the ‘second wave’ of coronavirus cases.
The amendment allows the police to impose a fine of Rs 2,000 each for two successive violations and Rs 5,000 for the successive violations. Earlier, the fine was Rs 1,000 for the first and second offence and Rs 5,000 for subsequent offences.
Odisha Police fines constable for not wearing mask
Odisha Police are setting an example for the people regarding adherence to coronavirus protocols.
“On being brought to our notice, we have fined our own Traffic constable Rs 2,000 for not wearing mask. And he, as a responsible citizen, has paid. Wear Mask always; Or Pay the fine. There is no alternative,” the state police tweeted.
“On the sixth day of the special Covid enforcement drive, Odisha Police acted against 9,790 violators of mask usage and social distancing rules and collected fines of Rs 29,71,950 on Monday,” the force said in another tweet.
“If people wear masks and maintain social distancing norms regularly, the state can avoid strict measures like lockdown, shut down or curfew,” chief minister Naveen Patnaik said in a message recently.
The Odisha government has started a 14-day ‘Mask Up’ campaign and urged people to sincerely follow all guidelines to check the spread of infections.
Odisha CM said people must wear masks irrespective of whether they were vaccinated or not.
Two persons infected by the novel coronavirus reportedly died in Odisha during the last 24 hours while undergoing treatment in hospital. The health and family welfare department said one of the deceased was a 77-year-old man from Balangir district while the other was a 74-year-old woman from Kendrapara district.
“On being brought to our notice, we have fined our own Traffic constable Rs 2000 for not wearing mask. And he, as a responsible citizen, has paid. Wear Mask always; Or Pay the fine. There is no alternative,” the state police tweeted.
Meanwhile, an Odisha-based private company, OSL Group, on Tuesday said that it has launched a programme to distribute one lakh masks free of cost among poor and needy people.