- Only those will be exempted where COVID-19’s effects are insignificant
- The exemption has come to maintain supply chain
The Union Home Ministry has released a list of activities and services which will be allowed to operate from Monday, 20th April 2020, during the extended lockdown period to contain the spread of the novel COVID-19. However, the exemption will only be applicable in those areas in India where the effects of the pandemic have been virtually negligible or those which are less affected.
In a tweet, Ravi Shankar Prasad who is the Union Law and telecom Minister shared the list which included Agriculture, Healthcare, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, and Horticulture.
The government has given the exemptions for essential services and activities so that the supply chain is not disrupted following which the list was released.
However, these service will not operate in the Coronavirus Containment Zones.
Let us now take a look at the complete list of activities and services will be allowed to operate from 20th April 2020:
- All Health Services (including AYUSH) will remain operational
- All agricultural and horticultural activities will remain fully functional
- Operations of the fishing (marine/inland) aquaculture industry to remain functional
- Plantation activities such as tea, coffee and rubber plantations to remain functional with a maximum of 50% workers.
- Animal husbandry activities to remain functional
- The financial sector to remain functional
- The social sector to remain functional
- MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask
- Public Utilities to remain functional
- Movement of loading and unloading of goods/cargo (inter and intra) State is allowed
- Online teaching/ distant learning to be encouraged
- Supply of essential goods is allowed
- Commercial and Private establishments will be allowed to operate
- Industries/ Industrial Establishments (both Government and Private) will be allowed to operate
- Construction activities will be allowed to operate
- Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care and for procuring essential commodities and all personnel traveling to the place of work in exempted categories as per the instructions of State/ UT local authority are allowed
- Officer of the Government of India and Officer of the State and UT Governments will remain open
Here is what Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, “Here is a list of what will remain open all over India with effect from 20th April 2020. This will NOT be applicable in the containment zones. Let us all fight together against Covid19”.
Here is a list of what will remain open all over India with effect from 20th April 2020.— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) April 18, 2020
This will NOT be applicable in the containment zones.
Let us all fight together against #Covid19#IndiaFightsCorona#StayHomeStaySafe pic.twitter.com/d1EG0CMEOa