The Jammu and Kashmir High Court in coordination with J&K Legal Services Authority has devised a "robust mechanism" for disseminating information and spreading awareness about the COVID-19, through text messaging.
Using the database of lawyers and litigants maintained by the High Court as well as District Courts of UTs of J&K and Ladakh, the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir is using SMS services for sharing relevant information about the pandemic.
As per a press release issued on this behalf, the High Court has till date flashed around 10 lakh SMS to the lawyers and litigants, informing them about various advisories/ guidelines/ helplines issued by the WHO, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Medical Education Department of J&K, for preventing the spread of corona virus.
"Various Dos and Don'ts, precautionary measures as well as myth busters regarding Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) are being flashed through SMS sent on regular intervals," the press note states.
Additionally, general public is being informed through SMS about the names and contact numbers of Secretaries of the District Legal Services Authority and of Para Legal Volunteers of J&K Legal Service Authorities so that they can be contacted in case of any emergency related to COVID-19.
Earlier, the J&K High Court had issued a series of orders to ensure social distancing, so as to break the transmission cycle of the deadly virus. All the Judges of the High Court had also contributed Rs. 25,000/- each for the welfare of persons affected by the pandemic.