MCD penalises only 36 yet for spitting in public while 761 penalised for offence last year
The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) collected about Rs 10 lakh in penalties from more than 700 people found spitting in public during the previous year. However, the corporation has penalised a small number of people for spitting in public during the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of Covid-19.
The State already has the Uttarakhand Anti-Littering and Anti-Spitting Act 2016. While critics opine that this law is not being enforced effectively in the state, in April the Union government had issued guidelines to contain Covid-19 contagion which also include treating spitting in public places as an offence under the Disaster Management Act. This was done as spitting in public areas can increase the risk of contagion. However, this has not deterred the users of chewing tobacco and others to continue spitting in public places.
According to official sources, MCD has fined only nine people for spitting in public areas during the lockdown. Talking about only a few penalties imposed during the lockdown, chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi said that MCD has been quite busy for the past few months due to Covid-19 pandemic. The sanitation and sanitisation are the top priority in current times and almost all the employees of the corporation have been busy in maintaining this system in the city due to which MCD could not focus on charging fine for spitting in public, said Joshi. However, the officials informed that MCD will soon resume imposing penalties for spitting in public.
The officials also informed that the offenders are generally charged from Rs 500 to Rs 5000 as penalty for spitting in public. According to the information provided by the officials of the municipal corporation, the MCD had fined 761 people from March 2019 to December 2019 and collected about Rs 1,011,100. The MCD fined total 36 people for spitting in public from January to May this year through which it collected about Rs 61,800 in penalty, according to officials.
Wednesday, 03 June 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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