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Karnataka: if you are in quarantine, don’t move your mobile phone

July 8, 2020 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Firstly, let me express deep sense of appreciation to officials of Karnataka Government for monitoring people in quarantine to ensure safety of community. They have a mechanism to reach out via an interactive automated voice call, they have a doctor call person and then an employee from BBMP (Bangalore Bruhat Maha Palika) or local panchayat. All of them are doing great job.

However, technology given to them or mechanism given to them is inappropriate. Since I have travelled to Hyderabad during last week of June, we are marked to be in home quarantine till 10th July, 2020. A couple of days back, I got an automated call stating they found a breach and I can select one of the options for reason of breach. Options are Medical, For work, For grocery and last option is “others”; but there was no option as “I have not breached”.

Today, I got a call from a doctor saying they have received a report that I may have breached quarantine and that calls for a FIR. When I have explained that I have not breached and through our conversation, he has mentioned that on 6th July, morning a different mobile tower has been triggered and that raised an alert. In our apartment (even within my flat), when I look for “my location” on Google maps, it shows three different things. How could their systems raise an alert based on mobile towers. May I now file a FIR on Airtel? What if a person leaves mobile phone at home and go all over; how would they track them?

We live in a high rise apartment where we have strict internal restrictions for people who are marked to be in quarantine. We don’t even allow our maids to come in. I think government should look for better tracking. They do have Quarantine Watch app but I was able to upload my photo only for two days. By the way, I got to know about quarantine watch app from our apartment association but not from authorities when they have marked quarantine stamp at the airport. They should at least provide a information booklet that contains apps that one can have and guidelines that one needs to follow.

It’s however appreciative that government officials are monitoring movement of people marked in quarantine and it’s our responsibility to stay at home and fight against COVID-19.


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Unable to cast vote due to fault of an inefficient local officer

April 18, 2019 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

We have recently moved into a new apartment complex. Last month a Block Liaison Officer has approached us saying he would get our names included in the Electoral Roll. Since he is a government employee, we thought it would be safe and work may happen faster instead of submitting online. We have given all required documents and also some money to encourage him to help us.

We have been following up almost everyday and he used to say that work is almost done and he will come and give us our voter ID cards. Closer to the election date, he has changed his statement saying we will get our voter ID cards post the election but surely our names get included. He also mentioned that some names could not be included since a few pending documents were given late all the other names got included. When we checked online, we could not see our names. We thought may be authorities may have made typos while entering names. Still with a home that our names will be in the voter list, we approached local parties a two days before and that is when we shockingly got to know that our forms were not submitted on time. It could be intentional as this officer supports Congress and he may have felt most of us vote for BJP.

Today, when I have visited polling station, we got to know this has happened to many others.

Anyway, due to one person, almost 50 of us could not vote in our apartment complex. I sincerely hope BJP wins and come into the power. All the best.