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Centre notifies new set of guidelines in light of extension of nationwide lockdown till 3rd May

Updated: April 15, 2020 11:04 am

The Centre today notified the new set of guidelines in light of the extension of the nationwide lockdown till 3rd of May. In order to mitigate the hardship to the public, select additional activities have been allowed which will come into effect from 20th of this month in the areas which are not declared as Containment Zones by the States and Union Territories.

Government has stated that all agricultural and horticultural activities including farming operations by farmers and farm workers in field, agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations, Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee, Shops of agriculture machinery will remain fully functional during this time. Movement of all trucks and other goods carrier vehicles with two drivers and one helper subject to the driver carrying a valid driving license including an empty truck to be allowed to ply after the delivery of goods or for pick up of goods.

In addition, all finance related institutions and health related services will remain fully functional. Government has stated that all facilities in the supply chain of essential goods, whether involved in manufacturing, wholesale or retail of such goods through local stores, large brick and mortar stores or e-Commerce companies should be allowed to operate, ensuring strict social distancing without any restriction on their timing of opening.

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