Days after imposing hefty penalties, the Karnataka government on Wednesday reduced the fine on people not wearing masks from ₹1,000 to ₹250 in urban areas and from ₹500 to ₹100 in rural parts of the state.
The government had come under sharp criticism from various quarters not only for the exorbitant penalty amount but also policemen reportedly going on a fine collection spree at public places.
“In its recent order the government had fixed a fine of ₹1000 in the urban areas and ₹500 in the rural areas on those not wearing the masks,” Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said in a press release.
“Against the background of the public outrage and experts’ opinion, it has been decided to reduce the fine from ₹1,000 to ₹250 in the urban areas and from ₹500 to ₹100 in the rural areas,” he added. – PTI