New Delhi: The Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) on Sunday allowed godowns (warehouses) and chilly storages to retailer any items because it exempted them from the COVID19 lockdown whereas directing states and Union Territories to comply with the measures in addition to making certain the motion of staff of producing items of important items.
Union Residence Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla gave the directions in a recent letter to the state and UT Chief Secretaries and authorities on Sunday.
He reminded the states and UTs to make sure the motion of inter-state and intra-state cargo motion of important items.
“Union Home Ministry on Sunday again issued a clarification to the state and Union Territory (UT) governments instructing that there is no restriction on inter-state or intra-state cargo movement of essential items or any other items,” a ministry official stated in a press briefing.
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“Godowns and cold storages can store any kind of goods. The godowns inside the company premises are also under exempted category. It is also directed to all state authorities to ensure the movement of employees of the manufacturing units of essential goods.”
The instruction got here simply two days forward of the top of the nationwide lockdown, with no phrase but about its future. The motion of important items and providers are exempted from the lockdown measures whereas violations are punishable below the Catastrophe Administration Act and the Indian Penal Code as per the Residence Ministry’s consolidated pointers.
COVID19 Lockdown: MHA Orders To Focus On Fast Options To Points Reported At Management Room
Amid the COVID-19 disaster, the Centre is focussing on a fast answer to the problems flagged with the Union Residence Ministry management room.
A staff of officers of Joint Secretary and above from numerous ministries are engaged with the duty they usually attempt to resolve the problems in coordination with the state and Union Territory governments.
“Issues raised with the Home Ministry control room are solved by the officials of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Railways and Civil Aviations who take help of state governments for the purpose,” a ministry official stated.
In its persistent effort to assist the needy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Residence Ministry has been addressing a whole lot of calls acquired from folks from completely different states. These queries had been addressed by its 9 management room helplines being run round the clock for seven days at its workplace.
The official additionally stated that the state governments are attempting their finest in offering door to door provide of important commodities to the folks residing in hotspot areas in order that they need to not exit of their homes.
The state governments are additionally taking the assistance of volunteers and the civil society organisations on this effort, the official stated. As per the official, Military items have additionally come ahead at some places they usually have been extending their assist within the distribution of meals and rising consciousness in rural areas.
“The condition of essential commodities is under control.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has thus far claimed 273 lives and contaminated over 8,000 folks throughout the nation regardless of the nationwide 21-day lockdown imposed right here since March 24 to interrupt the transmission of the lethal illness.
COVID19 Lockdown: ‘Take Care Of Migrant Workers As Per SC Order’, MHA Asks States
The Union Residence Ministry requested states and the Union Territories to abide by the Supreme Court docket’s order on coping with migrant staff in a humane method.
Residence Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla in a letter to the Chief Secretaries of states and the directors of UTs stated they need to take crucial motion in compliance with the apex court docket’s path whereas implementing the lockdown.
The Supreme Court docket’s instructions had been linked to welfare of migrant labourers, housed at reduction camps in numerous components of the nation.
As per the apex court docket order, the states and the UTs ought to guarantee sufficient medical amenities, correct preparations for meals, clear consuming water and sanitation at these camps.
Additional, skilled counsellors and/or group group leaders belonging to all faiths ought to go to the camps to take care of any consternation that the migrants may be going by way of.
The court docket stated the migrants’ anxiousness and worry must be understood by the police and different authorities, and that they need to take care of them in a humane method. The state governments and UTs ought to interact volunteers together with the police to oversee the welfare of migrants, it stated.
The MHA communication additionally reiterates the instructions within the Ministry of Well being and Household Welfare’s letter to states and UTs. The Well being Ministry has already issued detailed pointers to take care of psychosocial points amongst migrants.
The Supreme Court docket’s intervention got here following a plea that the migrant staff had been dealing with issues because of the pandemic as they’d misplaced jobs and had been unable to satisfy their primary wants.
(With IANS Inputs)
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