Ever since relaxation of lockdown norms were introduced this month, there has been a rise in collection of fines from violators in Madurai.
Teams of flying squads are monitoring whether people are wearing face masks and following physical distancing norms. An official from one such team said there were 10 flying squads with four personnel each, including a Tahsildar and a police personnel. “Revenue officials used to levy fines on violators under Disaster Management Act. But, recently, the State government issued an order delegating the Public Health department to slap fines. Henceforth, the Corporation and Public Health departments will be in charge of the exercise,” he said.
From May till date, fine of ₹1.5 crore had been collected. An average of 600 to 800 people were found violating the rules on a daily basis since September 1, he said.
A police personnel from a flying squad…