Thursday, May 14, 2020

MP requests MoHFW to resume ANISHI Scheme for Islanders

Port Blair, May 14: Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma, Member of Parliament, A&N Islands has taken up the matter with the Hon’ble Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, New Delhi regarding continuation of ANISHI scheme upto 31st December, 2020 for cashless treatment upto Rs.5 lakhs for the Islanders.
Mr. Sharma has stated that in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, only one Government Hospital namely GB Pant Hospital is available for treatment of general diseases and in case of serious diseases such as Cancer, Cardiac, Neuro, Brain Tumour, Accidentals cases etc, such patients are referring to Super Specialty Hospitals at Chennai and Kolkata under a scheme introduced by the A&N Administration namely “Andaman & Nicobar Islands Scheme for Health Insurance (ANISHI) for cashless treatment upto Rs.5 lakhs (Five lakhs) per patient since 2015. Now the aforesaid scheme of ANISHI has been closed with effect from 31st March, 2020 on introduction of Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
In this regard he further informed that many hospitals earmarked for treatment under Ayushman Bharat Scheme at Chennai and Kolkata have already been pre-occupied for the treatment of COVID-19 pandemic, hence it would be difficult for our Islanders to get treatment in the hospitals under Ayushman Bharat scheme for emergency serious medical treatment other than in the Super Specialty Hospitals which were empanelled under ANISHI scheme upto 31.03.2020.
Therefore, in order to safeguard the health care of the Islanders, he requested the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare to consider for continuation of operation of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Scheme for Health Insurance (ANISHI) for the Islanders till 31st December, 2020 for getting treatment at empanelled Hospitals at Chennai and Kolkata under ANISHI scheme.

Finance Minister announces major stimulus package for MSMEs

New Delhi, May 13: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday announced Rs.3 lakh crore collateral free loan scheme for businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), as part of a Rs.20-lakh-crore economic stimulus package to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
For salaried workers and taxpayers, some relief was provided in the form of an extended deadline for income tax returns for financial year 2019-20, with the due date now pushed to November 30, 2020. The rates of tax deduction at source (TDS) and tax collection at source (TCS) have been cut by 25% for the next year, while statutory provident fund (PF) payments have been reduced from 12% to 10% for both employers and employees for the next three months.
NBFCs get attention
Apart from MSMEs, other stressed business sectors which got attention were non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), power distribution companies, contractors and the real estate industry.
This is the first tranche of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday as a Rs.20 lakh crore economic package. That package includes the ongoing Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana, meant to support the poorest and most vulnerable communities during the pandemic, as well as several measures taken by the Reserve Bank of India to improve liquidity. More tranches are expected in the next few days.
Ms. Sitharaman side-stepped queries on the actual cash outgo for the government, as well as how the Centre intends to raise the needed funds.
Ernst and Young's chief policy advisor D.K. Srivastava estimated that the measures announced on Wednesday amounted to Rs.5.94 lakh crore, which include both liquidity financing measures and credit guarantees, although the direct fiscal cost to the government in the current financial year may only be Rs.16,500 crore.
MSMEs will get the bulk of the funding. The Rs.3 lakh crore emergency credit line will ensure that 45 lakh units will have access to working capital to resume business activity and safeguard jobs, Ms. Sitharaman said. For two lakh MSMEs which are stressed or considered non-performing assets, the Centre will facilitate provision of Rs.20,000 crore as subordinate debt. A Rs.50,000 crore equity infusion is also planned, through an MSME fund of funds with a corpus of Rs.10,000 crore.
The definition of an MSME is being expanded to allow for higher investment limits and the introduction of turnover-based criteria. In a bid to fulfill the Prime Minister's vision of a self-reliant or "atmanirbhar" India, global tenders will not be allowed for government procurement up to Rs.200 crore.

Consumers advised to be vigilant and inform Dept. of CS&CA, if any unfair noticed

Port Blair, May 13: The Department of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs is relentlessly enforcing various provisions of the Rules & Regulations framed under the Essential Commodities Act 1955, the Legal Metrology Act, 2009. In its exercise resulted in nabbing those persons/ shops/ establishments involved in any form of unfair trade practices and the violators were booked under relevant sections of the Act. Penal actions as per laid down procedures are taken in a time bound manner to act as a deterrent and so far an amount of Rs. 2,43,000/-  has been imposed on them as penalty during the Lockdown period in South Andaman. 
Apart from the above, dedicated Control Rooms are functional in all District Headquarters wherein numerous complaints were received out of which 95% of cases were redressed in 24 hrs. Further, this Department imposed capping on the price of all Essential Commodities including perishable items such as Vegetables & Fruits with adequate publicity, which is regulated in true spirit resulting in effective control of the market price.
All the proactive action taken by this Department has sensitised the consumers of this UT of their rights as the consumers have become very vigilant by promptly reporting any kind of unfair trade practices noticed by them.
The consumers are advised to be vigilant and inform the matter related to overcharging of any Essential Commodity to the notice of the Director, Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair via text message only on mobile number 9434266828 or to the Control Room over Toll free Phone No. 18003453197 & on Ph No: 03192-234062, a communication from the Director (CS&CA) said.

Vocal about local, but no snub to globalization

New Delhi, May 13: There are at least four discernible strands in Prime Minister Modi's speech of Tuesday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on May 12 sought to outline his vision for India in a post-coronavirus world order. It was a reiteration of his worldview and his faith in India's Manifest Destiny, seeking validation in the crisis of the old order.
Mr. Modi's pro-market supporters and his Left critics both understood him as an ally of global capitalism in 2014. Stephen Bannon, the ideologue of the Trump uprising in the U.S., termed Mr. Modi's politics as anti-globalism - a point that he reiterated in a recent interview to an Indian channel. There are at least four discernible strands in Mr. Modi's speech.
First, import substitution, an objective that drove nationalist economic policies in the 20th century, is back. Profit-driven globalisation had brought to the fore multiple insecurities of countries already when the pandemic struck, and it multiplied these fears manifold overnight. The biggest superpower's struggles with procuring enough masks and paracetamol, for instance, has exposed its vulnerabilities. Self-reliance is suddenly not a bad idea again. Mr. Modi's policies had already reflected this thinking earlier, but the new context has given him the courage to be "vocal about local". In a crisis, only the local capacities can be useful.
Second, this is not a rejection of globalisation, but a call for a new form of globalisation. Mr. Modi said, from profit-driven to people-centric. He believes that India is the repository of such a wisdom, it's the "Vishwa Guru", teacher of the world. "The global brands of today were sometimes also very local like this….they became global from (being) local." He elaborated further on India-led globalisation - on climate, on being helpful to other countries by offering them supplies in a time of crisis, led by the principle of "Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam".
Third, the manner in which he brought China into the picture, without naming it. India's self-reliance can only be at the cost of China. The current crisis could work to China's advantage further if it is business as usual. His speech obliquely questioned the Chinese grip over global supply chains, and was an invitation to western partners such as the U.S. for closer partnerships. Whether he could continue with his hyper-nationalist policies while actively being allied with the West is an open question.
Fourth, his notion of reforms for self-reliance, not for globalisation. The word reform is an ambiguous one but widely used as a code for pro-capital measures. In 2016, in his keynote speech at 41st AGM of U.S. India Business Council (USIBC), in Washington DC, he explained his views on "reforms". "I have said several times that my aim is to reform to transform. For me, reforms are those policies that transform the lives of ordinary citizens. In the last two years, we have taken a comprehensive package of reforms which go beyond mere economic reforms," he said, adding that "policies to ensure that growth benefits the poor and the weaker sections" and "a frontal attack on corruption", were reforms. On the same lines, on Tuesday, he counted as a reform, the government's ability to make cash payments to the poorest. "Bold reforms to create a self-reliant India," he said, will now be "broadened, giving a new height". His list of reforms overlaps substantially with the demands of owners of capital - rational tax system, simple and clear rules-of-law, good infrastructure, etc. But the slant clearly is state support for the national capitalists. Read with the emphasis on local companies going global, it becomes clearer. Trade liberalisation is unlikely; in fact, there could be more protectionist measures.
Additionally, his speech narrows the gap between the government and the rest of the Sangh Parivar. "Small scale industries, farmers and labourers are the three pillars of the Indian economy. The emphasis of the PM's speech was on these three," said Saji Narayanan, president of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh affiliated Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). The BMS has been scathingly critical of the changes in labour laws made by the Bharatiya Janata Party governments in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in recent days, but Mr. Narayanan does not expect anything similar coming from the Centre. "There are still advisors within the government who have different views, and we will wait for the details in new announcements. But the political vision in the PM's speech is very encouraging," he said. The Swadeshi segments within the Parivar are buoyant.
But this is not an easy act to pull off. India has severe limitations in capital, technology and human resources. Balancing the interests of capital and labour is not easy. But as a political statement, this could not have been clearer or stronger, though his vocal, free-market interpreters are unlikely to make Mr. Modi's case this time. (The Hindu)

PBMC initiatives amid COVID-19

Port Blair, May 13: To prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in Port Blair City, PBMC has been taking the following initiatives with active participation of elected representatives. To acknowledge the great efforts of Sanitation Workers, Smti S.Selvi, Councillor, Ward No. 05, PBMC distributed essential commodities  viz. dry Ration items in Ward No. 05.  PBMC has been arranging breakfast / Lunch across various Wards in collaboration with Civil Society Organization. Breakfast was distributed in Ward No 13, Ward No. 17 and Ward No.18. Lunch was arranged for the Sanitary Mazdoors by Mr L.Moorthy, Nominated Councillor, in Ward No.4 and by Smti Anusia Devi, Councillor at Ward No 9.
Every year before the onset of Monsoon, PBMC carries out a Major drain desilting works to prevent flooding. As a part this exercise desilting work near Marine Hall, Mohanpura Market, Bus Stand, Main Office of PBMC and near Delanipur School were taken-up by PBMC on 07/05/2020. On 12/05/2020, an inspection was carried out by Chairperson, Secretary and Officials of the Council at the Brichgunj Check Dam located in the Quarry area. PBMC has taken-up the restoration works and raw water will be drawn from the source for treatment and further distribution to households. 
On 09/05/2020, another 318 Tons of water was transported from Rutland through Barge. As on date, a total of 2949 tons of water has been transported from Hutbay and Rutland Island through vessels and Barge. Self Help Groups constituted under the DAY - NULM got an order from the Andaman Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) to prepare 5570 face masks. It is worth mentioning that the stitching activity was completed within a 10 days of time. Further PBMC has awarded another contract to make 5000 face masks to the SHG.

07 apprehended poachers tested, COVID-19 found negative in them

TMI Correspondent
Car Nicobar, May 13: 07 Myanmarese were apprehended from the forests of Kakana village on 24/04/2020, soon after, the 07 Myanmarese were put under Institutional quarantine for 14 days in a govt. guest house in Kamorta with police surveillance. Later, their blood samples were collected and sent to ICMR, Dollygunj, Port Blair recently, which is today as per reports, COVID-19 test reports of all them were found negative. The Deputy Commissioner, Car Nicobar informed that, all of them will be sent to Port Blair from Kamorta for legal process.

Citizens' Corner 14/05/2020

* People at ANIIDCO Wine shops are struggling under Sunny and Rainy days, but bravely facing any climate through lengthy queues whatsoever before them to get two 750 ml bottles. Even a professional drunkard can't do that much struggle to get two bottles of whiskey every day. But, men behind the men in queues are succeeding in storing the stock of liquor to sell at high rates and grabbing the opportunity to run their illegal sale in 'Gumties'. Surprisingly, liquor business is emerging as a successful business even amid COVID-19 pandemic and Lockdown period too.

* On the other side, crime rate is tend to increase after opening of Liquor shops in city, which may go for a tough challenge for the police to tackles. Of course, the economy of the govt. will hike but should also focus on other challenges before it. One can observe, numbers of COVID-19 positive cases are seen increased only after opening of Liquor shops and domestic violence reports also increased at many places in India.

* ANIIDCO should also need to initiate Door Delivery system to serve Liquor bottles to people's door steps, to avoid violation of physical distancing norm, which is always seen happening in the queues and controlling by A&N Police 24x7 near Liquor outlets in the A&N Islands.

* Admin. through many tweets informed that sufficient sanitizers, marks and gloves are available in A&N Islands. On the other side, some frontline workers including media persons are not been issued any such materials to protect themselves from the Coronavirus in the A&N Islands.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Water scarcity hits the islanders hard; Administration struggles to provide water once in 5 days

TMI Correspondent
Port Blair, May 6: The acute scarcity of water has already started affecting Port Blair city and the South Andaman District. With the dam water being all time low, Port Blair Municipal Council had already curtailed the water supply to once in four days. Within few days after the curtailment, further curtailment was done by the Council restricting the supply for once in five days that too for mere 15 minutes, without announcing it in public. At some places it is seen supplying water through PBMC tankers also which forces people to wander for water with buckets and drums amid COVID-19. 
Since then the situation has started worsening and water is being collected from inter-islands in boats or ships and by using tankers pour into water tanks to supply to the general public. Some islanders says, 'at least through this experience, the administration may realize that the need of the hour is water in the South Andaman and works related to water projects could also complete timely in the spirit'.
With the predicted low pressure over Bay of Bengal not attracting sufficient showers in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the situation seems to be worsening. Last minute rush to clean up existing wells inside Port Blair city is being noticed now and the Andaman Administration seems puzzled on how to address the issue.
Few years ago the height of the Dhanikhari Dam was increased to five meters and it was announced then that the water scarcity in the islands has been resolved for the next 25 years. Sadly the islanders knew well that the announcement was only to console as no concrete plans were ever made and executed timely.
The project of transporting water from Rut Land Island to Dhanikhari Dam through undersea pipeline was half done and the RO plants to convert salt water to sweet water which was donated and installed after the tsunami of 2004 was never maintained.
There were also few sensible proposals by the Member of Parliament, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma to execute the Flat Bay project and other such proposals, but it was never heard by the concerned authorities.
In the absence of executing proper and timely remedial measures by the Andaman Administration, people of Andaman Islands now wait for the monsoon showers, which has been the only relief since ages for the islanders. 

Citizens' Corner 07/08/2020

* Chanakya says, 'However, difficult may be the tasks, proper effort endowed with suitable device can always accomplish it. A ruler should be use six devices (like Sama, Dama Danda Bheda, Upeksha and indrajal) to accomplish tasks as the case may be. In personality also one has to first ascertain about the means of accomplishment and then start doing it'. Will our ruler apply these devices on those, who are behind the failure tasks of crores worth?

* Govt. has opened some outlets ANIIDCO wine shop to generate its economy. But citizens related to business are struggling to generate their economy, because of the lengthy process i.e. one need to go GB Pant Hospital by walk from wherever and whatever far their house may be to get health certificate, after screening and doctor's certification on medical slip at GB Pant Hospital. Finally, at Tehsildar office issued Movement Permit to the owners of various business establishments in city. Is there no other way to make ease to business people to resume their economy, instead of harassment?

* The guidelines issued by authority are changing every other day. We are getting updates through the available electronic media AIR, and plans for the next day accordingly. But, when we visit to concern office to follow, we are being forced to run pillar to post to get whatever work to be done. Of course the DC is doing well with the motto to prevent gathering of people, but last minute changes are causing inconvenient to the people.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Sambhu Murthy – A youth and frontline worker, contribution for a better society

 Sambhu Murthy donates Blood

Half month salary contributed to LG's Relief Fund 

Team of Yuva Bharat Samaj Seva Charitable Trust

Port Blair, May 06: During the pandemic of COVID19, many social workers were rendered their service towards poor and needy people in Andaman Islands. But a youth, apart from working as frontline worker in A&N Police, he along with his local team have helped about 100 families in city.
A youth of Junglighat, Fisheries Colony, Shri Sambhu Murthy, Police Constable-2794 is always stands in frontline to help the needy people. Since many years he is also being organized various competitions for young children of his colony and support them in all fields. He and his team also help patients, who are in need of blood and he saves life during emergencies from past many years. He alone has donated blood a 35 times. In addition, he also gives donation to ‘Save the Children’ on monthly basis and to ‘Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund’ always. Within the A&N Police Department too, received a class-II commendation certificate, recognising his excellent work in imparting Un-Armed Combat & Self Defence classes for girl students in GSSS Hut Bay.
With Mr. Sambhu’s support, some young members of the Fisheries Colony have also formed an NGO namely ‘Yuva Bharat Samaj Seva Charitable Trust’, and implemented national scheme Swatch Bharat Abhiyan at Dairy Farm, Junglighat and Hut Bay. Recently, during the COVID-19, apart from his regular frontline duty, he along with his team of ‘Yuva Bharat Samaj Seva Charitable Trust’ have distributed essential items to approx 100 needy families at Dairy Farm, Junglighat, Aberdeen Bazaar and various corners in city, and moreover his half month salary i.e. Rs.21,835/- contributed to LG’s Relief Fund on April 30, 2020. 

Preparing essential items packets for free distribution to needies during COVID-19

Essential items packets preparing for free distribution during COVID-19

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Containment operations in Zone 1 scaled down; MHA guidelines issued in A&N Islands accordingly

Port Blair, May 02: As per the new guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India, for extending the nationwide lockdown further for two weeks from 4th May, 2020, consequential orders have been issued adopting the same in the A&N Islands. 
    In terms of the new guidelines, all districts have been categorized into Red, Orange and Green Zones by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The districts of North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar fall under Green zone while South Andaman district falls under Red Zone. Accordingly, the Chief Secretary has issued orders that in the Green Zone districts and four Islands of Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep, Little Andaman and Rutland (since no positive case has been reported in these 4 Islands) all activities will be permitted from 4th of May, 2020 onwards except the activities prohibited nationwide in the new guidelines. This includes operation of education institutes, hospitality services, cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasium and sports complexes. Gatherings of any nature be it social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural or religious will be prohibited and religious places will continue to remain closed. The plying of buses and operation of bus depots shall be at 50% capacity.
    The South Andaman District, being a Red Zone, has 4 Containment Zones- Zone 1 - Atlanta Point, Dignabad, Round Basti, Sisty Nagar and Mohanpura; Zone 2 - Biggi Line; Zone 3 – Bambooflat, Wimberlygunj, Stewardgunj, Kanyapuram, Nayapuram, Hope Town, Shore Point, Mannarghat; Zone 4 – Teylarabad (Part), Calicut. These areas will have strict perimeter control and intensive surveillance. However since more than 21 days have passed from the last reported positive case in Zone 1, containment operations here are scaled down and shops selling essentials / fair price shops are allowed to open.
   In areas other than containment zones activities such as operation of taxies, buses, barbershops, spas and salons are not permitted; industrial, construction activities and standalone shops / neighbourhood shops / shops in markets selling essential goods operations are permitted in the urban areas and all shops in rural areas. All other activities will be permitted which include MNREGA works, agriculture and allied activities, animal husbandry, all health services including AYUSH, fishing, banking & financial sectors, operation of homes & anganwadies, public utilities etc. Movement passes issued for permitted activities will continue to remain valid till the 17th of May, 2020
    However, orders have been issued in all three districts under Section 144 of CrPC restricting movements from 7 pm to 7 am and of elderly people (more than 65 years), pregnant women, people with co-morbid illnesses and children below age of 10 years.
    Movement of people in public places will be strictly subject to wearing of face cover, ensuring social distancing and limiting the gathering in marriages to a maximum of 50 people and for last rites a maximum of 20 people. Consumption of liquor, pan, tobacco, gutka in public places or spitting in public places is strictly prohibited. All work places will also abide by the above directives and also ensure frequent sanitization and good hygiene practices. Any violation of these guidelines will attract penal provisions as per the Disaster Management Act, a communication said.

ANC salutes COVID warriors of India on May 03; Islanders can witness from their homes

* Indian Army and Indian Navy bands recordings would be broadcast over media
* Fly pasts and illumination of ships can be witnessed wherever visible from respective homes

   Port Blair, April 02: The Indian Defence Services will be expressing gratitude to the Corona Warriors of India, namely, the medical fraternity, security personnel and sanitation workers, through various activities across the length and breadth of the country on 03rd May 2020. Towards this, Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) will carry out fly past by aircrafts of the Indian Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard around various islands of the Andaman and Nicobar group and illumination of ships of the Indian Navy and Coast Guard in and around Port Blair. The recordings of the melodies of Indian Army and Indian Navy bands would be broadcast over media.
   The general population of the islands may witness the fly pasts and view the illumination of ships wherever visible from their respective homes. The timings for the scheduled activities on 03rd May 20 are as given below:-

Fly past by Dornier aircraft:-
*           Around Port Blair area 0900 - 1000 hrs

North of Port Blair
*           Rangath             0930 – 0935 hrs
*           Maya Bunder     0945 – 0950 hrs
*           Diglipur               1000 – 1005 hrs

South of Port Blair
*           Hut Bay               0940 – 0945 hrs
*           Car Nicobar        1010 – 1015 hrs
*           Kamorta              1040 – 1050 hrs      
*           Campbell Bay    1110 – 1115 hrs      

   Fly past by helicopters around Port Blair area including Cellular Jail, GB Pant Hospital, Marina, Municipal and Police Headquarters from 1000 to 1100 hrs.
   Illumination of ships off Junglighat, Phoenix Bay, Chatham and Marina from 1730 hrs to 2359 hrs, the HQ ANC through a press release to its preferred media here in these islands said.
   0900 - 1000:          FLY-PAST BY DORNIER AIRCRAFT
   1000 - 1100:           FLY-PAST BY HELICOPTERS
   1935 - 1940:          SOUND SIREN / RINGING OF BELLS BY ALL SHIPS

Friday, May 1, 2020

New guidelines applicable based on the risk profile of districts w.e.f. May 04

Port Blair, May 01: Ministry of Home Affairs has issued orders to extend the nationwide lockdown for a further period of 2 weeks with effect from 4th May, 2020. New guidelines have been publicized which will be applicable based on the risk profiling of the districts into RED (Hotspot), GREEN and ORANGE zones.
As per the list circulated today by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, South Andaman district falls under the Red Zone while North and Middle Andaman and Nicobar Districts are in the Green Zone.
The Red Zone district is further divided into Containment Zones and Non-Containment Zones.
As on 1st May, South Andaman has following areas in the Containment Zones:-
Zone 1: Dignabad, Round Basti, Atlanta Point, Sisty Nagar, Mohanpura.
Zone 2: Biggi Line.
Zone 3: Bambooflat, Wimberlygunj, Stewartgunj, Kanyapuram, Nayapuram, Hope Town, Shore Point, Govind Puram, Mannarghat.
Zone 4: Teylerabad (Part), Calicut.
Intensive surveillance will be undertaken in these areas and all residents are requested to install Arogya Setu App. There will be strict control over movement of people in and out of the Containment Zones. OPD and medical clinics within these will also be closed.
In the remaining areas of the district South Andaman, movement of taxis and opening of barber shops, spa and salons will not be allowed. Permitted activities in the urban areas include; select category of industrial activity in urban areas, in-situ construction activities, shops and market complexes selling essential goods, all standalone and neighbourhood shops, private and Govt. Offices with 33% strength. It may be noted that all industrial, construction activities and all essential and non-essential shops will remain open in rural areas. OPD and Medical clinics can also operate outside Containment Zones.
In the Green Zone districts and Island of Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Rutland and Little Andaman, all activities are permitted except those specifically mentioned below.
Certain activities are however prohibited across the zones; all domestic and foreign air travel, all educational institutes (online leaning permitted), hospitality services, cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc; all social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious gathering; all religious places will be closed.
All movement between 7 pm to 7 am is strictly prohibited. Elderly (>65yrs), pregnant women, people with co-morbidities and children below age of 10 years to move out of homes only in emergencies.
It is re-emphasised that all activities will be subject to compliance of strict social distancing norms, wearing of masks / covering the face and maintaining good personal hygiene practices. National directives for the public places and work places have to be strictly followed and any violation will invoke penal provisions of the Disaster Management Act, a press release said here today.