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Karnataka government slashes fine on not wearing face masks

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