Srinagar admin launches Talaash for people to report travel history, suspected cases

The district administration here Friday launched an online initiative for people to report travel history.

The website, titled Talaash (search) has message, reading “Fight novel coronavirus, an initiative of district administration Srinagar.”

The website provides options of “self report” and “report about others.”

Once accessed, an information provider has to submit all necessary details like name and contact number.

To avoid and discourage fake information, the website generates One Time Password, to be sent on mobile number of information provider.

Then, the information provider has to submit four digit code (OTP), before he proceeds further.

While submitting travel report about others, the website gives an option to the information provider if he wishes anonymity.

The website can be accessed on www.talaashsrinagar.in

It also informs people that students and other people having travel history to Covid-19 affected countries and other affected areas who have not declared their history till date must report to local health authorities, through Covid-19 helpline numbers or through website/app.

Through the website an appeal has been made to family members, neighbors and people in general to bring suspected cases in notice of the administration through the website/app, so that necessary measures in the interest of public health can be taken by the government.

The website has also contact numbers for general public in case they want to provide information telephonically. The numbers are: 0194-2457552, 0194-2457543, 9419028251, 9419028242, and 9419014723.

On 24 March, this year J&K High Court took serious note of reports that some people were concealing their travel history. The Court directed authorities of J&K and Ladakh to strictly punish violators in accordance with the law.

It said judicial notice could be taken of the several complaints being made in the electronic and the print media with regards to persons concealing their travel history to escape the mandatory quarantine.

As part of the initiative to break the chain of the infection in the community, the administration has requisitioned 65 well-equipped hotels and government accommodations to be used as quarantine facilities.