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Come up with COVID care duty notification for mask violators, Gujarat High Court tells state

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The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday directed the state government to issue a notification providing for non-medical COVID care centre duty for those repeatedly caught for mask violation.

The court asked the state to frame policies to send such violators for non-medical COVID care duty for anywhere from 5 to 15 days. 

Each day a person will be required to work at such centres for 4 to 6 hours. The non-medical work includes record maintenance, housekeeping, and others shall be carried out as part of the punishment for repeatedly violating the face mask in the public rule. 

The court has asked the state to come up with a notification by December 4. The state government on Tuesday submitted before the Gujarat High Court that it is unable to decide on the implementation of a punishment where repeated mask violators are sent for duty at COVID care centres.

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Why state said difficult to implement mask violators COVID duty punishment

Advocate General Kamal Trivedi submitted before the court that the state is unable to decide the hospitals and COVID centres where such violators should be sent and how to implement it.

The state said once a challan of COVId duty is issued to mask violators, it requires a mechanism to keep track of whether the violator has joined the duty or not. It said implementing the same required additional staff at a time when most state employees are already involved in various activities. 

The state is taking stricter actions and hopefully, the situation will improve, the advocate general argued.

A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the Gujarat High Court has sought that community service in COVID care centers (non-medical) be made mandatory for people who are repeatedly caught without a mask. 

 

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