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‘Received many complaints’: Red Cross tells Kashmir admin to distinguish between Covid-19 fine and donation

The Indian Red Cross Society Jammu and Kashmir in a letter have asked the Kashmir Divisional Commissioner that a distinction should be made while using the NGO’s coupons.

“I have been receiving many complaints from various districts especially Srinagar that fines are being received on Red Cross coupons”, the letter reads.

General Secretary Indian Red Cross Society of Jammu and Kashmir, Kifayat Rizvi, said that there has to be a distinction between fine and donation, and people should be persuaded for adopting the Covid appropriate behaviour and encouraged to pay for the donations for the noble causes.

“My humble request is that Instructions be issued to all who have been asked to use Red Cross coupons, that while implementing the SOPs, a distinction has to be made between donation and fine. Indian Red Cross Society shouldn’t be associated with fine. I am afraid that if persuasion is substituted with force, it will harm the reputation of Indian Red Cross Society,” the letter reads.

The letter further states, “I can understand that district administration makes its effort to enforce compliance of COVID-19 SOPs and those without masks are being fined.”

Amid a spike in Covid-19 deaths and cases across Jammu and Kashmir, the administration started slapping penalties ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000 in case of violations.

As per the order, those who are found without wearing face masks in public places shall be imposed with a fine of Rs 200 for the first offence and Rs 500 for the repeat offenders.

“The usage of masks has been strongly advised by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Gol and same have been reiterated by the Department of Disaster Management, Relief and Rehabilitation, J-K through various SOPs issued from time to time, as an effective means of COVID-19 containment. The advisory holds even more important in view of the recent spike in COVID-19 positive cases,” the order read.

It reads that it has become imperative to ensure 100 per cent usage of masks in all the public places across the district to minimize the further spread of COVID-19 infection.

It reads that all district and sectoral officers shall ensure the usage of masks in the offices working under their control

It further read that the realized amount shall be deposited in the district Red Cross Society. “The officers shall also submit consolidated daily reports on the number of violators and amounts of fine realized to this office on daily basis,” reads the order.

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