The escalation of Covid-19 in India has a lot to do with non-compliance of appropriate behavior. In the past one year, entirely across three cities and two states, authorities, including police, have collected a penalty northwards of Rs 368 crore. That is in excess of what India annually pays to Afghanistan as development assistance.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation collected Rs40 crore in fines for infringement of the compulsory face mask rule from April 2020 to March 21, 2021, as per reports. The civic body fined 20 lakh offenders during that period for violating the penalised face mask rule to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Information provided by Bengaluru’s Municipal Corporation notes that over 3.70 lakh cases have been lodged against citizens for not wearing masks and Rs 8.76 crore was collected by way of penalties between May 2020 and February 7, 2021. In the same time, 25,525 cases were lodged against citizens for not preserving social distancing. The fine amount collected during the period was Rs 57.06 lakh.
In Uttar Pradesh, only on April 19, during the 35-hour time limit that in the wake of the rising Covid cases, police penalised 31,325 individuals and accumulated a fine of Rs 64.16 lakh for not wearing a mask in public places.
On March 22, a total 1,260 individuals were fined in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal for not wearing masks and nearly Rs 1.32 lakh was imposed as spot fine.
Odisha Police have collected Rs 67 crore in fines for infringement of Covid-19 protocols across the state in the past one year. According to the report disclosed by the state police headquarters, altogether 7,979 cases were logged for norm violations in the last one year.
Till May 11, Jharkhand Police has collected over Rs 35 lakh as fine from people for not wearing masks in public places.
In an affidavit presented before the Gujarat high court in relation with a public interest litigation (PIL), the state government mentioned that 37.42 lakh Gujaratis paid Rs 252 crore between June 24, 2020 and June 28, 2021 for infringement of mask regulations.