PM Modi had thanked his countrymen for showing strength, determination and spirit to fight the Coronavirus and ultimately it has helped the country to avert the mayhem the Covid-19 pandemic could have caused otherwise.
New Coronavirus Lockdown Guidelines: The Union Home Ministry today released fresh guidelines for the period of extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in his address to the nation on Tuesday that MHA will list out detailed guidelines that will set the ground rules for relaxation and other important issues between April 15 to May 3. PM Modi had hinted of lifting harsh measures of lockdown post-April 20 after a fair assessment of a particular area on the basis of the number of cases and the chance of the area becoming the hotspot for the Coronavirus. PM Modi had thanked his countrymen for showing strength, determination and spirit to fight the Coronavirus and ultimately it has helped the country to avert the mayhem the Covid-19 pandemic could have caused otherwise.
However, the MHA has made it clear that these exceptions will be valid only in accordance with the strict compliance of the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The MHA has advised all state governments and union territories to ensure the presence of standard operating procedure(SOP) of social distancing in offices, factories, establishments and workplaces while exempting them from the provisions of a harsh lockdown.
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These services will be fully-functional after April 20 according to news guidelines:
- All Medical facilities that include Aayush, health infrastructure related works.
- Agriculture and Horticulture related activities including Mandis run by Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) or notified by State/Union government.
- Movement of cargos by airways and railways.
- Financial sector including RBI, bank branches and ATMs, SEBI.
- MGNREGA related work.
- Industries related to the production of essential goods, industries in rural areas.
- Movement of cargos and essential items across the country.
- Public utilities such as oil and gas sector.
- E-commerce companies’ operations.
- Infrastructure projects such as the construction of roads, buildings, irrigation projects including MSME in rural areas.
- IT companies, but with only 50 per cent staff and under the strict provisions of social distancing norms.
- Movement of private vehicles in case of any medical emergency. In the case of Two-wheelers, only the driver will be allowed.
- Offices of departments under the government of India and its subordinates.
- Offices of state governments, union territories and their autonomous/subordinates.
- IRDAI and insurance companies.
- Social sector including observation homes, after-care homes and Anganwadis.
- Postal services along with post offices across the country.
- Public utility works such as water, sanitation and waste management by Municipal/local bodies in states and union territories.
- Trucks with two drivers and a helper. Empty trucks to pick up goods or to return after delivering goods.
- Truck repair shops and dhabas on highways with prescribed social distancing norms.
- Common Service Centres (CSCs) approved by government at gram panchayat level.
- Private security services and facilities management services to ensure the security and maintenance of office complexes.
- Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels which are accommodating tourists stranded due to lockdown.
- Services by electricians, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics and carpenters.
Services to remain suspended until May 3:
- Passenger transport by Railways, airways or buses along with metro service in big cities.
- Inter-state and Inter-district movement of persons, except for the condition exempted.
- All industrial and commercial activities other than specifically exempted.
- All educational, training and coaching institutions.
- All cab and taxi services including auto rickshaws and cycle rickshaws.
- Hospitality services other than specifically exempted.
- All places of public gathering such as malls, cinema halls, shopping complex, gymnasiums, sports complex., swimming pools, entertainment parks
- In funerals and congregations, attendance of more than 20 people.
- Religious or place of worship. Religious congregation strictly prohibited.
Experts had a view that India should start opening up some economic activities as Coronavirus is not the only reason that kills people. It can be anything from hunger to other fatal diseases that require urgent medical intervention and lockdown doesn’t help those causes. The decision to give relief in some restrictions of the lockdown although with some restrictions after April 20 is a step seems to be in that direction. However, PM Modi had hinted that if people will show irresponsibility and try to put their community at risk from Coronavirus, the restriction will be reimposed again.