Coronavirus -Amid Lockdown, what opens and what won’t.
Coronavirus -Amid Lockdown, what opens, What won’t.
The government has revised the list of economic activities and services to be allowed from Monday in parts of the country designated as non-COVID-19 hotspots, or those least affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak in Lockdown
As per a Home Ministry order released today, the supply of non-essential goods by e-commerce companies has now prohibited during the lockdown period. The sale of such goods -like mobile phones, laptops, television sets, and refrigerators -had been permitted by the government last week.
Among economic activities and services to be functional are health services and non banking financial corporations and micro-finance institutions marked essential services .Most significantly ,a list released by the government after a group of Ministers meeting on Saturday confirmed that all the agriculture and horticulture -related activities will be allowed ; this was after some chief ministers warned of approaching harvest season and the potential of bumpers wheat crops .
The fishing industry and the aquaculture industry will also be permitted to function ,as will the animal husbandry sector.Plantation activities such as those related to tea ,coffee and rubber will be re-opened with maximum 50% of employees working at any given time ,the government said .coconut,spice bamboo ,areca nut and cocoa plantation ,and forest produce by scheduled tribes have also been added to the list.
Construction ,in rural areas,of water supply and sanitation ,and laying of power lines and telecom optical fibres and cables will also be allowed according to the home ministry .The reopening ,albeit in alimited manner ,of construction will be good news foe the lakh of unemployed migrant workers and daily labourers who had been left jobless by the ban on activity in the sector of the lockdown .
A detailed post by the Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday listed more economic activities and services to be allowed, including the certain commercial and private establishment
FOLLOWING ARE THE OTHERS SERVICES THAT WILL STAY OPEN FROM APRIL 20
The financial sector (banks will be open as normal working hours, ATMs will function) Social sectors (operation of home for children, disabled people and those with special needs, as well as senior citizens homes and for destitute people; disbursement of social security and employees pensions will take place, as will operation of anganwadis (for distribution of food to women and children at their homes once in 15 days ) MNREGA works (with strict social distancing and use of face masks)Public Utilities (water, sanitation, waste management, and power)Loading and Unloading of goods cargo both inter-and intrastate. Online Teaching, Commercial and private establishment, e-commerce selling essential goods, courier services and hotel homes stay, construction activities, Private vehicle for emergency services, Office of Government of India and offices of states and Union territories.