Punjab

Muktsar administration decides to disconnect domestic power connection of 67 for violation of quarantine, condemnable move, says Muktsar MLA

Raghbir Singh Brar | May 30, 2020 08:09 PM

Powercom disconnects 5 connections of alleged violators.

District administrations write to the police to take strict action against the quarantine violators.

“This totally inappropriate, whole family cannot be punished for the violation of one. I condemn the move,” KanwarJit Singh Rozy Barkandi, MLA Muktsar.

 Muktsar: Taking tough action against the people who have violated the mandatory quarantine period, district administration Muktsar has issued show cause notices to 67 persons asking them as to why their power connections should not be disconnected for violation.

These violators had been directed to undergo quarantine period, but they did not follow the instructions in this regarding, allegedly violating the stipulated period.

“we have issued show cause notices to 67 people, out of which the 5 connections have been already disconnected by the Powercom. We have also written to take strict action against the 13,16 and 38 violators from Muktsar, Malout and Giddarbaha sub divisions respectively,” said Sandeep Kumar, additional deputy commissioner Muktsar.

“As per the directions of the government, the quarantined people must follow the instructions to stay home for two weeks or so according to the instructions of the district health department,” he said.

According to civil surgeon Muktsar, there is no confirmed patient on Saturday and the last patient was discharged on Friday.

“Now as for the COVID-19 patients are concerned, the district is free from the disease as of now,” said Dr HN Singh, civil surgeon Muktsar.

Muktsar MLA condemns the move of disconnection of domestic power supply, punishment of one could not be handed over to whole family.

Kanwarjeet Singh Rozy Barkandy, MLA Muktsar criticized the district administration for the depriving the whole family of a Covid-19 patient from the power supply.

“I condemn the move by the district administration of the disconnection of power supply of the quarantined. The persons under the home isolation is already depressed due to the disease and he may be counseled to not to step out of the house. Besides it, there are many other ways to stop him from going out of  his house,” said MLA Muktsar when contacted by the Punjab Tribune for his views.

“The disconnection of a power connection deprives the whole family of the facility for which the consumer is paying. So our party is opposing this move and we shall take up this at our party level as well,” said Kanwaljeet Singh, MLA Muktsar.

When the power connection is disconnected, the family of the member who jumped home isolation has to suffer in the hot summer days. The family may have children who may have to get on line teaching as going on and his whole household would turn into a chaos without the power supply.

The most, as per the existing provisions of law, the police action can be taken against the violator alone, not against the family.

While the consumer is paying the bill, the disconnection of his connection is breach of his right to get power supply despite paying the bill.

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