Coronavirus in India: Home ministry adds more services in 21-day lockdown exemption list

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday issued a fresh set of guidelines covering additional people and services that will be exempted from the 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of the rising cases of the novel coronavirus.

In the new guidelines, the home ministry said Reserve Bank of India and RBI-regulated financial markets, pay and accounts officers and field officers of the CAG will be exempted from the purview of the 21-day lockdown in the country.

Petroleum products, supply chain and forest staff, too, are exempted under the Disaster Management Act from the purview of the lockdown which began on Wednesday.

Those people handling cargo operations in airports and railway stations, coal mining activities, officers and staff of resident commissioners based in Delhi and customs clearance at ports, airports and land borders are also exempted.

Forest offices staff and workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nurseries, wildlife, fire fighting in forests, watering plantations, patrolling and their necessary transport movement, social welfare department staff for operations of homes for children, disabled, senior citizens, destitute women, widows, observation homes and pensions service are also exempted, the guidelines said.

“Veterinary hospitals, pharmacies including the Jan Aushadhi Kendra and pharmaceutical research labs”, too, are exempted from the lockdown list. Inter-state movement of goods for inland and exports are also exempted.

PENALTIES AND OFFENCES

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday in its guidelines for the lockdown also gave details about penalties and offences, which will be applicable during the 21-day long lockdown across the country.

Offences and penalties under Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 include punishment for obstruction, false claim, punishment for misappropriation of money or materials, false warning.

(With PTI inputs)

Source – India Today