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Covid: Allahabad High Court asks UP govt if people not wearing masks could be sent to community service

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The Allahabad High Court on Thursday directed the Uttar Pradesh government to consider the feasibility of having community service by those who violate the law by not wearing masks.

The Chief Secretary of State of UP will see to the feasibility of having community service by such persons who violated the law of wearing masks in terms of the aforesaid order of the Gujarat High Court.

The court has asked the administration and police chiefs of Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gautam Buddha Nagar to file affidavits as to what efforts are being made in their districts to prevent infection.

The court has also directed the state government to take steps with the local administration of these districts.

Additional Advocate General also informed that out of 75 districts, 37 districts were having surveillance done with the help of drones. He further informed that in the districts of Gautam Buddh Nagar and Lucknow, drones are yet to be commissioned. As far as the district of Prayagraj is concerned, two drones have been deployed by which 21 areas are being covered. It was also informed that four drones which are a part of the police force, had been sent to Mumbai for getting repaired.

In the case of not selling food in the open, the court was told that 729 people selling food items have given written assurance of following the rules. To which the Advocate Commissioner objected that the rules were not being followed on the spot. People are eating at the shops. Shopkeepers are not providing packaged food. The Court has directed to strictly follow the rule of selling packaged food.

A division bench of Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar, hearing the PIL, which expressed concern over the increasing infections in Lucknow, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Kanpur Nagar and Gautam Buddh Nagar, saying that from the increase in infections it is clear that the Police are not functioning properly In these Districts. Nask should be mandatory for everyone. Those coming from outside in the district should be investigated. Medical facilities and investigation should be increased.

The court has asked the chief secretary to provide information about measures to prevent corona infection.

Court-appointed Advocate Commissioners reported various wards, complaining of lack of cleanliness, shutting down of street lights, issue of garbage. The court has asked the city commissioner to look into these complaints in person.

Affidavits were filed on behalf of Prayagraj Development Authority and Prayagraj Smart City Limited. PDA informed about removal of encroachment. The court has sought an action report.

The petition will be heard on 10 December.

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