Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 14 announced the extension of the nation-wide lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic which has afflicted more than 14,000 people in the country and has killed over 480 people.
Here is the list of services which will remain open in Non-hotspot areas from April 20:
All agricultural and horticultural activities
Operations of the fishing (marine/inland) aquaculture industry
Animal husbandry activities
All health services (including AYUSH)
Plantation activities such as tea, coffee and rubber plantations to remain functional with maximum of 50 per cent workers
Movement of loading and unloading of goods/cargo (inter and intra) state is allowed
MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask
Online teaching/distance learning to be encouraged
Supply of essential goods
Commercial and Private establishments will be allowed to operate
Industries/Industrial establishments (both government and private)
Private vehicles for emergency services, including medical and veterinary care and for procuring essential commodities and all personnel traveling to place of work in exempted categories as per the instructions of State/UT local authority are allowed
Offices of the government of India and offices of the state and UT governments will remain open.
During his address to the nation, PM Modi had hinted at some relaxations during the lockdown for agricultural and industrial sectors from April 20, which are facing huge losses due to the restrictions in the lockdown. Day after PM’s announcement, the home ministry issued certain guidelines for the relaxations and restrictions during the lockdown 2.0.
Meanwhile, the government has released a consolidated list of services that will start functioning from April 20. Releasing the list on Twitter, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, made it clear that these relaxations will no be implemented in the containment zones.