PMO Holds Meeting for Partial Relaxation after April 20

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The Prime Minister's Office held a preparatory meetingon Friday with officials of seven key ministries to discuss the partialrelaxation of lockdown from Monday, a move aimed at restarting activity inselect sectors of the Indian economy.

The PM, who chaired the meeting focused primarily ongetting workers to factories and back, and on the systems and processes statesneed to put in place for effective implementation of the guidelines for apartial exit from the lockdown as laid out in a home ministry order of April15.

The order issued by the home ministry allowed therestart of industries in rural areas and special economic zones and alsopermitted services such as e-commerce, all outside so-called containment zonesdeclared by the respective state or union territory administrations.

The move of relaxation of restrictions is to alloweconomic activities to restart and also provide employment, especially to dailywage earners.

Labour secretary Heera Lal Samariya, MSME Secretary Arun Panda, urban development secretary Durga Shanker Mishra, rural development secretary Rajesh Bhushan, shipping secretary Gopal Krishna and mines secretary Sushil Kumar were present in the meeting that was attended by all senior officials of PMO.

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