Maharashtra to close down till May 1, just key services permitted

According to the order issued by the administration, prohibitory orders under Section 144 are to be imposed within the state from Wednesday night and can remain effective until May Day .No person is allowed to be during a public place without a legitimate reason.

Maharashtra to close down till May 1, just key services permitted
Maharashtra to close down till May 1, just key services permitted

On 13th April Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday announced curfew-like restrictions on the movement of individuals within the state from April 14 to May 1 , but stopped in need of calling it a lockdown.In a 38-minute address to the state, Thackeray announced stricter restrictions than those in situ since April 6, exempting only essential services, and announced a Rs 5,476-crore relief package for those that are going to be affected across sectors and certain categories.

According to the order issued by the administration, prohibitory orders under Section 144 are to be imposed within the state from Wednesday night and can remain effective until May Day .No person is allowed to be during a public place without a legitimate reason. and every one establishments, public spaces, activities and services will remain closed, apart from essential services which will remain open between 7 am and eight pm on working days. Shooting for films, serials and advertisements will remain closed, and only 25 people are going to be allowed at marriages.

However, conveyance , including trains and bus services, and essential services like groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, confectioneries, all kinds of food outlets and public utilities, are going to be open.

For the manufacturing sector, industries that need considerable time to prevent and restart operations can run at a maximum of fifty per cent capacity at any given point. These industries are expected to accommodate their labourers on campus or in an isolated facility from where movement can happen in an isolated bubble. Movement of staff outside the premises isn't allowed, it said.

Thackeray urged people to “work from home” and refrain from moving out by observing a “Janata Curfew”. “These restrictions aren't one-sided but are imposed only and only with an intent to save lots of lives,” said Thackeray.The Chief Minister also announced a relief package of Rs 5,476 crore. He said the govt will supply 3 kg of wheat and a couple of kg of rice per person freed from cost for one month to beneficiaries of the Food Security Scheme. A meal scheme, “Shiv Bhojan Thali”, will provide food freed from cost to people for one month with a target of two lakh thalis during a month, said Thakeray.

Further, he said, Rs 1,500 each are going to be given to five lakh licensed hawkers and 12 lakh auto rickshaw drivers. for every tribal family, which is availing the advantages of the “khavati karj” (small loans for non-agricultural purposes) scheme, Rs 2,000 are going to be given for one month – this is often expected to profit 12 lakh tribal families.

Besides, 12 lakh registered construction workers will get Rs 1,500 each this month, he said. Funds are allocated for various welfare schemes targeting 25 lakh domestic workers. About 35 lakh beneficiaries of pension schemes will get Rs 1,000 as assistance beforehand for 2 months, the Chief Minister said.

Regarding the shortage of oxygen, Thackeray said he was seeking permission from the Centre to move oxygen from other states through IAF to avoid delay. Efforts are on to make sure the specified supply of remdesivir from drug manufacturers across the country, he said. Also, the “deadline for GST filing in March should be extended by another three months for little and medium enterprises”, he said.

In the lockdown guidelines, the state has left it to the district authorities to make a decision on the inclusion of domestic helpers, drivers, attendants and other categories under essential services. However, the govt has restricted e-commerce to the availability of essential goods and services.

The government has also asked local authorities to require turn staggering the availability of essential services like groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries, and every one food outlets, in terms of location and operation.

Reacting to the new curbs, Viren Shah, who heads the Federation of Retail Traders Welfare Association, said that traders and shopkeepers “are during a Catch-22 situation” and can be “locked down with none business in hand”.

What’s allowed and What’s not allowed during curfew complete guide line 

What’s allowed during Maharashtra curfew 

*Services and activities falling in ‘essential category’ are exempted.

* E-commerce (only for the availability of essential goods and services).

* Public transport: Airplanes, trains, taxis (50% vehicle capacity), auto rickshaw (driver+2 passengers), public buses (full seating capacity/no standing passenger allowed)

*Petrol pumps, services designated by RBI as essential, financial institutions related to SEBI and construction work to continue.

* Veterinary services, animal care shelters, pet food shops

* Groceries, vegetable shops, fruit vendors, dairies, bakeries

* Cold storage and warehouse services

* Diplomatic offices

* All public services by local authorities

* Marriages to be allowed with only 25 persons in presence. just in case of funerals, only 20 persons are allowed.

* All construction activities are allowed at those sites where labourers live on site. Movement to and fro from outside must be avoided, apart from the aim of fabric movement.

What’s not allowed during Maharashtra curfew

*Cinema halls, theatres, swimming pools, gyms and sports complexes to stay closed.

*All restaurants and bars to stay closed for in-dining. Only home delivery services shall be allowed and there shall be no visiting any restaurant or bar for ordering purposes or pickup.

*Shooting for film/serials/advertisements to be closed.

*Public places like beaches, gardens, open spaces, etc. shall remain closed.

*Religious places of worship to stay closes.

* All political activity to be stopped in state.

*Barber shops, spas, salons and wonder parlours to stay closed.

*All schools and colleges to stay closed.

*Students who need to attend any exam are going to be allowed to follow with one adult, on basis of a legitimate hall ticket.

*All private coaching classes to stay closed.

* Any process that's a net consumer of oxygen as a staple is to be disallowed. Those processes, which come under essential activities or circumstances, might be exempted after written permission from Development Commissioner.

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