Within the wake of the 21-day lockdown, the Union House Ministry has requested state governments to test the unfold of rumours about scarcity of meals and different important commodities.
In a communication to chief secretaries and DGPs of all states, the ministry requested them to take motion to allay apprehensions and preserve peace and tranquillity, and inform folks in regards to the availability of meals, drugs and different important commodities.
The ministry stated that within the wake of the orders issued beneath the Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005 (for lockdown), there have been potentialities of rumour-mongering, together with these about scarcity of meals and different important companies and commodities.
“On this context, it’s crucial that every one state governments and Union Territory administrations take vital steps to suitably publicise via all obtainable implies that meals, medical and civil provides, and different important companies can be maintained and there are sufficient provides obtainable within the nation,” the communication stated.
The ministry additionally requested the chief secretaries and the DGPs to disseminate info and provisions of the rules issued on the measures to be taken in the course of the 21-day lockdown interval for containment of COVID-19 epidemic within the nation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday introduced the lockdown to fight the outbreak.
After PM Modi’s announcement, the Union House Ministry issued strict pointers for the enforcement of the nationwide lockdown.
The rules listed a number of companies, together with authorities and personal places of work, that might be out of bounds in the course of the interval, whereas exempting institutions corresponding to hospitals, ration retailers, dairies, banks, insurance coverage places of work and print and digital media.
Supply of all important items, together with meals, prescribed drugs and medical tools, via e-commerce has additionally been exempted from the purview of the lockdown, it stated.
“All imposing authorities to notice that these strict restrictions essentially relate to motion of individuals, however to not that of important items,” it stated.