Failing to keep people inside their homes during the lockdown, the district administration of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan has decided to engage such people in quarantine wards to take care of COVID19 patients.
The sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), Nawalgarh, Murari Lal Sharma has reportedly urged the people to click photographs of those who are seen loitering on the streets without any reason and send the images to the district authorities.
A media report quoted Sharma as saying that a decision has been taken not to arrest the people who violate the lockdown orders and the people will also not baton-charge them.
But they will be engaged in sanitising the quarantine wards and taking care of the patients who have been admitted for COVID19, the report quoted Sharma as saying.
The official further said the violators of lockdown order will be put into service in the quarantine wards set up at JJT University and Singhania University.
The SDM also reportedly circulated a message on the social media platforms to inform the people about the decision.
This is not a joke as we will implement it from Sunday as there is a huge requirement for people to serve COVID-19 patients, says the order.
It will be a win-win situation as Nawalgarh will get rid of such people (on the roads), and patients will also get the benefit, the order adds.
With four more persons tested positive for COVID19 in Rajasthan on Saturday, the total number of cases increased to 54 in the state, said an official.
Among the four cases, three are employees of a private hospital in Bhilwara.
The 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi from March 24 midnight as a preventive measure to contain the spread of deadly COVID19.