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Guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs for extended Lockdown

New Guidelines

The Prime Minister of India in his address to the nation yesterday conveyed the extension of the lockdown till 3rd May’2020. The extension came in wake of ongoing spread of Covid-19 Pandemic and to further control the spread of disease.

The new guidelines are issued keeping in mind the daily wage workers and continuous running of essential services. Basis the detailed guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs a short while ago, we have summarized the list of activities shall be permitted from 20th April with strict norms of social distancing to be adhered to.

List of activities permitted: (Source of info – Ministry of Home Affairs)

  1. Health services including AYUSH
  2. Agri related activities including horticulture to remain fully functional. This includes mandis, farm machinery shops, inter and intra state movement of harvest and sowing related machinery, manufacturing and distribution of fertilisers, seeds and pesticides
  3. Coffee, tea plantation with max 50% staff
  4. Fisheries and cold chain
  5. Animal husbandry
  6. Financial sector entities like banks, RBI, IRDA, SEBI and insurance companies
  7. Anganwadis. old age homes and homes for the disabled
  8. MGNREGA work with priority to irrigation and water conservation
  9. Public utilities in Oil & Gas, postal, power and telecom
  10. All goods traffic allowed to ply. Air transport to be used for cargo, land and sea ports
  11. Movement of all trucks and goods carriers with 2 drivers and one helper .
  12. Shop for truck repairs and dhabas on highways
  13. Movement of staff and contractual labour for railways, airports, seaports, ICDs allowed on basis of pass authorisation
  14. Print and electronic media including DTH
  15. IT & IT enabled services with 50% staff
  16. Call centres for government activities only
  17. Courier services
  18. Private security services
  19. E commerce companies with permit passes
  20. Services provided by self employed like electrician, plumbers, carpenters
  21. Offices of state government, their autonomous bodies and local government
  22. Offices of Government of India

Following Industrial establishments to be permitted (govt and private both):

  • Industries operating in rural areas
  • SEZs and EOUs with stay of workers on premises
  • Manufacturing units of essential goods including pharma
  • Food processing units
  • IT hardware manufacturing
  • Packaging material units
  • Jute industry
  • Oil & gas
  • Brick making in rural areas only

Following Construction activities to be permitted:

  • Construction of roads, irrigation projects, industrial projects including MSMEs in rural areas which are outside municipal limits
  • Renewable energy projects
  • Construction projects in municipal area where workers are available onsite only
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