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Education bookshops, fan shops to be exempted from COVID-19 lockdown

New Delhi: The Union Dwelling Ministry on Tuesday prolonged rest to a number of agricultural and industrial industries from the lockdown restrictions. Within the industrial sector, retailers promoting textbooks and institutions promoting electrical followers may also function.

Within the agricultural sector, the relief has been prolonged to services for export or import resembling pack homes, inspection and remedy services for seeds and horticulture produce. It additionally consists of rest to analysis institutions coping with the agriculture and horticulture actions and the inter- and intra-state motion of planting supplies and honey bee colonies, honey and different beehive merchandise.

The Union Dwelling Ministry additionally ordered Normal Working Process for the sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers (crew members) at Indian ports and their motion. In accordance with the SOP laid down for sign-in of an Indian crew member, the ministry mentioned that the seafarer must intimate their journey and speak to historical past for the final 28 days to the shipowner or the recruitment and placement service.

The identical will be accomplished by electronic mail, as per process laid down by the Director-Common of Transport.

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“The crew member, however, will be tested for COVID-19 before boarding the ship and will be allowed to sign-in only if he is tested negative,” the ministry mentioned.

“For sign-off purposes, the Indian seafarer arriving on the vessel would undergo the COVID-19 test for confirmation that he/she is negative for COVID-19,” it added. The crew member can be saved in a quarantine centre till the report arrives.
In the meantime, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday urged the Centre to border pointers by April-end to ship dwelling the migrants caught within the state on account of lockdown, amid indications of an extension within the restrictions

Thackeray conveyed this in a video-conference chat with a 5-member Inter-Ministerial Central Staff (IMCT) which arrived within the state for an evaluation of the Covid-19 administration and the lockdown right here.

Whereas the state has made sufficient preparations for meals and shelter of the ‘guests’ from different states, there have been events when the migrants have resorted to agitational strategies, just like the Bandra incident of April 14 which rattled the Centre and state.

“If the centre apprehends that the Covid-19 impact may worsen between April 30-May 15, then the government must consider running special trains to send the migrants back to their native states, for which guidelines must be formed by April-end. I have already raised this issue with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Thackeray mentioned.

Other than the IMCT staff members, led by Extra Secretary, Meals Processing Industries, Manoj Joshi, Well being Minister Rajesh Tope, Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi and Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh additionally participated.

The CM urged that “end-to-end: precautions needs to be taken for migrants from the place to begin until they attain their locations and are despatched to dwelling quarantine to forestall additional unfold of Covid-19.

The state has additionally requested the Central staff to check the standing of Covid-19 pandemic and sufferers in different international locations just like the UAE and the US, since 80 per cent of the sufferers listed here are asymptomatic.

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