The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued fresh exemptions from lockdown restrictions to certain activities in rural areas including farm work in forests and plantations, operations at financial institutions and construction activities with necessary instructions. The list of exemptions will come under the consolidated revised guidelines to all Ministries/Departments.
The Centre has been updating these guidelines to exempt more and more activities since the original guidelines were published on April 15, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the Coronavirus lockdown till May 3. The recent order was issued on Thursday.
#COVIDIndia Update:— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) April 17, 2020
MHA order to exempt activities from #Lockdown2 restrictions👇
●Activities reg. Minor/Non-Timber Forest produce
●Activities reg. Bamboo, Coconut, Arecanut, Cocoa, Spices plantations
●NBFCs & Coop Credit Societies
●Activities reg. Construction in Rural Areas pic.twitter.com/Aw7S4oW6Hf
The MHA had on Wednesday exempted e-commerce operations, operations of IT and IT-enabled services, data and call centres for Government activities, and online teaching and distance learning from strict lockdown curbs. People working in MNREGA, especially those involved in irrigation and water conservation activities, can resume their duties while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.
Farming operations, including procurement of agricultural products, agriculture marketing through notified Mandis and direct and decentralized marketing, manufacture, distribution and retail of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds; activities of marine and inland fisheries; animal husbandry activities, including the supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and livestock farming; and tea, coffee and rubber plantations are also allowed to be functional.