Noida Mandates Aarogya Setu, Phones Without the App will be Penalized

A person can be punished under Section 188 of IPC for not obeying the law enforced by the authorities. Under this, a person can be imprisoned for 6 months or will have to pay a fine of up to Rs 1000. So if you are a citizen of Noida or Greater Noida, make sure you have the app downloaded in your phone. Check out more details here.

Updated: May 06, 2020 10:59 IST




FIR, Rs 1000 Fine or 6-month Jail if App not Downloaded

Haven't downloaded the Aarogya Setu app yet? Beware, you will be punished for violating the laws if you are a citizen of Noida or Greater Noida. Yes, you read that right. People found without downloading the Aarogya Setu app will be penalized with a fine of Rs. 1000 or even suffer 6-month imprisonment. The Government of Noida has made it mandatory for all citizens to download the Aarogya Setu App, which helps in tracing COVID-19 patients. Besides this, people who step out of their homes without a face mask will be punished for violating lockdown rules.

"All those with smartphones that do not have the application can be booked under Section 188 of the IPC. After that, a judicial magistrate will either decide if the person will be tried, fined, or left with a warning," Akhilesh Kumar, DCP Law, and Order.

The Gautam Budh Nagar police also said, "If people download it instantly, we will let them go. We are doing this so that people take the order seriously and download it. But if they do not download it after repeated warnings, we will have to take action," Kumar said. 

The police also stated that if people complain of not having enough mobile data to download the app, they will provide internet through mobile hotspots so that the app can be downloaded instantly. However, if a person complains about phone-related issues like storage or low battery, the police will contact the person after a few days to check whether he has downloaded the app or not. The police team will conduct sudden checks in populated areas such as markets, grocery stores, and border areas.