Punjab Government has enhanced the penalties in case of violation of the guidelines issued to contain the spread of Coronavirus, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu said on Friday.
Balbir Singh Sidhu pointed out that the penalties need to be enhanced and made more stringent to keep the Punjab safe from the coronavirus pandemic. He also said that Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government is working to prevent the further spread of this disease and that’s why Punjab became the leading State in the Country in the recovery of COVID-19 patients which is around 91 percent now.
He also stated that now Rs. 500 penalty will be imposed for not wearing a mask in public places, Rs. 2,000 for violating the home quarantine instructions, Rs. 500 for spitting in public places, violating social distancing norms by owners of shops/commercial places: Rs 2000, for violating social distancing by the owner of buses: Rs 3000, Cars: Rs.2000 and Auto rickshaws/Two-wheelers: Rs. 500.
The Health Minister further added that not below the post of BDPO, Naib Tehsildar and any official authorized by Deputy Commissioners can impose the penalties under the provisions of Epidemic Disease Act, 1897. He said that non-payment of fine by the violator will attract legal action under section 188 IPC as per regulations framed under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897.