Bengaluru: Marshals in Bengaluru have been empowered to levy fines on citizens who are not wearing masks or maintaining social distance.

The marshals in the south zone have been given a target to achieve every day.

Munish Moudgil, Secretary of Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms, who has been deputed as zonal coordinator in south zone, has said that marshals should book a minimum of 20 offenders per day in each Assembly constituency coming under the zone.

It was added that any failure to meet this target will lead to action on the south zone marshal supervisor and the division supervisors concerned.

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The order stated that action would be initiated under Disaster Management Act, 2005, for “deliberate failure to take action to control COVID-19 without any further notice.”

BBMP officials, on the other hand, are not happy with the order. A senior official stated that setting such targets was highly unrealistic. “It is a double whammy for the marshals, who are also facing a lot of public ire. The setting of targets will also create ill-will among the citizens,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the BBMP has clarified on Tuesday that those driving cars alone even with their windows rolled up will still have to wear masks.

 Earlier it was just BBMP marshals who were fining those who were not wearing masks in public places, now cops too have been authorised to do so.