GoI Allows Partial Relaxation During Lockdown 2.0 From 20th Of April

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The Government of India(GoI,) allowed partial relaxation for Indian states during the lockdown 2.0., from the 20th of April.

Though the nation wide lockdown is scheduled to end on the 3rd of May, the Central Government allowed a few essential activities and companies to function in the non containment zones of India.

State and union territory governments would take  a call regarding the ease in the lockdown restrictions according to the situation in their respective states, based on a set of guidelines set by the Central Government.

On the 19th of April, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a new set of guidelines for the states which are easing the lockdown restrictions ahead of the 20th of April.

Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Law and Justice, Communications, Electronics and Information Technology Minister of India, took to Twitter and announced a list of what is allowed and not allowed.

The guidelines include:

  • Financial sectors like banks, ATMs will function for normal working hours.
  • Social sector which includes shelter for children, diabled, senior citizens and those with special needs would be in operation.
  • Pensions, operation of anganwadis (for distribution of food to women and children at their homes once in 15 days) would function.
  • Construction work, sanitation work and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) workers with strict social  distancing guidelines would be operational.
  • Public utilities like water, sanitation, waste management and electricity start operation from the 20th of April.
  • Loading and unloading of goods/cargo, both inter and intra state by rail, air, sea and road.
  • Online teaching or distance learning
  • Supply of essential goods like local grocery stores and e commerce retailers.  However, online shopping sites are only allowed to provide essential commodities.
  • Commercial and private companies which include print and electronic media, broadcasting, DTH and cable services, data and call centres.
  • Hotels, Motels and hostels providing shelter to stranded tourists during the lockdown.
  • Agriculture, horticulture, plantation and irrigation projects in rural areas.
  • Private vehicles for emergency services like medical and veterinary, procuring essential commodities and for personnel traveling to workplaces in exempted categories.
  • Offices of Government of India and offices of states and union territories

While states like West Bengal, Maharashtra and Kerala allowed some relaxation, Telangana, Delhi, Punjab and Karnataka did not ease the ongoing lockdown 2.0.

Meanwhile India reported a total of 17,357 cases of the Novel Coronavirus with 560 deaths till date.

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