Indian Railways on Saturday announced that a fine of up to ₹500 will be imposed on those for not wearing masks at rail premises as well for those who not wearing masks in trains. The order on face masks has been issued for a period of 6 months till further instructions.
State governments have also been issuing orders to impose fines on those for not wearing masks as Covid cases sharply rise in the country.
“One of the specific guidelines is to wear masks in order to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The Standard Operating Proceduer (SOP) for movement of trains as brought out by Indian Railways on May 11, 2020, says that it should be advised to all passengers that they shall be wearing face cover/ mask at entry and during travel,” order issued by the railways said.
The national transporter has also incorporated ‘not wearing a mask’ as an offence under the Railway Act ,according to an order issued today.
The mandatory use of masks and the fine will now be listed under the Indian Railways (Penalties for activities affecting cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules, 2012, which also has the provision of fines for those found spitting on rail premises, it said.
“In view of the Covid-19 situation, controlling spitting and act of similar nature due to any person not wearing a mask and entering railway premises (including trains), is important to avoid the creation of unclean and unhygienic conditions which may cause danger to life and public health, ” the order said.
“Accordingly, to prevent spitting and act of similar nature and thus, to ensure wearing of face masks or face cover by all persons at railway premises (including trains), fines (up to 500) under Indian Railways (Penalties for activities affecting cleanliness at Railway Premises) Rules, 2012, shall be imposed by railway officials…,” it stated.
On Saturday, India recorded over 2.3 lakh Covid cases. India has been recording over two lakh cases of Covid for three consecutive days.
The national transporter is currently operating 70% of its passenger train services across the country.