Kothagudem: The district police has introduced video conferencing facility to interact with the common public visiting the office of the Superintendent of Police seeking redressal for their grievances.
Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt has taken the initiative, which is said to be first of its kind to be introduced by police in any district in the State, to ensure social distancing and in the wake of spike in the Covid-19 positive cases in Bhadradri Kothagudem district in recent times.
It may be noted that as many as 12 police constables of Indian Reserve (IR) 6th TSSP Battalion stationed at Chatakonda in the district had tested positive for coronavirus and a Sub-Inspector of Police of one town police station also tested positive for the virus.
Subsequently, there were apprehensions among the public on approaching the police. To allay these fears and as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the virus, the video conference system was introduced on July 7, the SP informed.
Everyday, at least 10 persons approach the SP office to submit petitions related to cases pending in different police stations and with issues that require the SP’s intervention. The grievances meeting is held every day from 11am to 2 pm, officials stated.
The video-conferencing is being held using JioMeet, a made in India video-conferencing application. Dutt interacts with the public who are seated in the reception area of his office. The visitors are made to sanitise their hands and wear face masks.
Rs 3 crore penalties collected for lockdown and traffic violations
The district police have collected Rs 3 crore as penalties in the last three months for lockdown as well as traffic violations. Fines are being levied on those who failed to wear face masks in public places under Section 51 (B) of the Disaster Management Act.
Special inspections are being conducted at traffic junctions, bus stands and business centres in order to implement lockdown rules effectively. So far 632 cases have been booked against the violators and fines imposed on nearly 3500 persons for not wearing the face masks, the SP said.
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