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Collected over Rs80 crore in fine from COVID safety protocol violators, Gujarat tells Supreme Court

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The Gujarat government on Tuesday submitted before the Supreme Court that they have collected Rs80-90 crore as fine from those who violated COVID-19 safety protocols in the state.  

The submission came after the state challenged a Gujarat High Court order asking it to come up with a notification for mandatory non-medical COVID duty for mask violators in the state.

The petition challenging the notification was taken up with the Suo Motu petition of the Supreme Court concerning fire safety in COVID hospitals in the state.

As for the fire safety issue in COVID hospitals of Gujarat, a matter which the Supreme Court took up Suo Motu, the Solicitor General of India argued that the state has appointed 328 fire safety officers as designated officers. 

The numbers and details of all designated officers are on record. We are not trying to hide anything, the counsel for Gujarat told the court, placing the affidavit before the bench of Justice MR Shah, Justice Ashok Bhushan, and Justice Subhash Reddy.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had granted time to the Centre to present a fire safety report of all other states.

During the last four months, 14 people have succumbed to fire injuries in fire accidents in COVID-19 hospitals in the state.

Fire safety petition before Gujarat High court

Meanwhile, in a petition that is going on in the Gujarat High Court, Advocate General Kamal Trivedi appearing for the state submitted that they will appoint fire staff in the municipal corporation and local bodies in the next fortnight.

The petitioner had argued before the court that of the 30,000 factories operating in the state only 2,000 were registered in Gujarat

 

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