Those not following quarantine directions in Gram Sabhas to face legal action
With the process of migrants returning to the state from other parts of the nation following relaxation provided in the lockdown for this by the Ministry of Home Affairs, in order to ensure their monitoring in view of COVID-19 the State government has accorded important responsibilities to Gram Sabha/ Gram Pradhan for this purpose. Additionally, legal action will be initiated against any person not following directions of the Gram Pradhan for home quarantine or obstructing execution of the same.
Chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh said that considering the important role of Gram Pradhans in the current scenario, the state government has handed over important responsibilities to them. The district administration will compile all information about those returning from outside and provide it to the Gram Pradhan concerned. The Gram Pradhan will be responsible for registering those who reach the Gram Sabha area directly without registering at the State or district level. The Gram Pradhan will also be responsible for ensuring that the returnees install Aarogya Setu application on their mobile phones while encouraging other residents of the Gram Sabha to do the same. Apart from those who provide evidence of completing the required quarantine, the Gram Pradhans will be responsible for ensuring 14-day home quarantine of all others returning to the Gram Sabha. If home quarantine is not possible, the Gram Pradhan will facilitate this in the nearby school/Panchayat building or other community place while ensuring electricity, water and sanitation in these places. For the expense incurred on such quarantine, the Gram Pradhan will have to apply to the district magistrate for reimbursement. He or she will also be responsible for regular health checks of people quarantined in school/Panchayat building or other community building and informing the chief medical officer or the officer authorised by the CMO in case any of them display symptoms of COVID-19. Legal action will be initiated under the Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Diseases Act and Uttarakhand Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 Regulations against any person found not following the directions regarding home quarantine or obstructing efforts to facilitate the same, added the chief secretary.
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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