The Haryana Government has issued directions regarding upcoming festivals with a view to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

Chandigarh, April 6– The Haryana Government has issued directions regarding upcoming festivals with a view to preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

Giving information about the same, an official spokesperson said that the State Government has directed all the Administrative Secretaries, Divisional Commissioners and Deputy Commissioners to intensify awareness about social distancing among the people through social media, print media, digital media, radio, television, and also to continue the other awareness campaigns across the State.

He further said that the officers are also directed to ensure that people do not organize gatherings or rallies during the upcoming festivals and the people should celebrate at home.

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The Haryana Government has directed all Administrative Secretaries and Heads of the Departments to ensure the uploading of instructions, advisories, notifications, and office orders regarding COVID-19 issued by the State Government on COVID-19 web portal

Chandigarh, April 6– The Haryana Government has directed all Administrative Secretaries and Heads of the Departments to ensure the uploading of instructions, advisories, notifications, and office orders regarding COVID-19 issued by the State Government on COVID-19 web portal

Giving information regarding this an official spokesperson said that the Haryana Government has launched a dedicated portal for COVID-19 (http://haraadesh.nic.in/) for end to end management and access of all COVID-19 related advisories, instructions, notifications, government orders, awareness material etc. issued by respective Ministries under Government of India and thereof by respective departments of the State.

He further said that the State Government has also deputed One Nodal Officer along with Assistant Nodal Officer in each concerned department. Nodal officers have already been given login credentials for uploading of documents he added.

He said that all the Administrate Secretaries and HODs of concerned departments will ensure that all COVID-19 related advisories, instructions, notifications and government orders, awareness material etc. issued by their department as well as related communication received from corresponding ministries will be made available to their designated Nodal Officer for uploading to the COVID-19 web portal (http://haraadesh.nic.in/).

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Haryana Police issued an advisory requesting citizens to avoid sharing OTPs on phone calls concerning postponing their loan Equal Monthly Installments (EMIs)

Chandigarh, April 6– Haryana Police issued an advisory requesting citizens to avoid sharing OTPs on phone calls concerning postponing their loan Equal Monthly Installments (EMIs) as cyber criminals may try to siphon off funds from their bank accounts on the pretext of helping them.

Giving this information here today, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Mr Navdeep Singh Virk said that a new style of cybercrime come to the fore after the government offered EMI moratorium for individual or business borrowers amid COVID-19 lockdown. Such scamsters have now come up with a new method to dupe gullible citizens by sending them OTPs.

Explaining the modus operandi, he said that such fraudsters may pose as bank representatives, requesting the citizens to share their OTPs in order to postpone their loan EMIs. Once the OTP is shared, the amount is fraudulently siphoned away by these scamsters.

Mr Virk advised the people to be alert of such cyber criminals and not to share OTP over phone calls as EMI deferment does not require OTP sharing as per banking guidelines.

Suggesting the precautionary measures, Mr Virk advised people not to fall prey to these scamsters and whenever they receive any such call/OTP regarding deferment of EMI, they should not share any information with anyone to avoid being a victim of cyber fraud. The people need to be alert and aware to beat such cyber criminals.