Government of Telangana notifies lockdown till March 31, 2020

Mar 24, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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The State Government of Telangana on March 22, 2020, notifies the lockdown in the entire State of Telangana with immediate effect till March 31, 2020, prescribing the following regulations and measures during the said period:

1. All state borders shall be sealed other than for movement of essential and perishable commodities.

2. All public transport services will not be permitted. However, transport of passengers for accessing emergency medical services shall be permitted.  Plying of private vehicles shall be restricted only to the extent of procuring essential commodities and activities permitted under this order.

3. Operation of all interstate bus and transport services including those by private operators shall stand suspended.

4. Every person who is required to observe home quarantine shall strictly observe the same failing which he/she will be liable for penal action and shifted to government quarantine.

5. Residents shall stay at home and come out only for permitted activities while strictly observing social distancing norms. In any case not more than one person will be permitted excluding the person driving the vehicle.

6. Any congregation of more than 5 persons in public places is prohibited

7. All shops, commercial establishments, offices, factories, workshops, godowns etc. shall close their operations. However, production and manufacturing units which require continuous process such as pharmaceuticals, API etc. may function. Further, manufacturing units engaged in production of essential commodities like dal and rice mills, food and related units, dairy units, feed and fodder units etc. will also be permitted to operate.

8. Government offices, shops and establishments permitted to operate during this period shall take steps to ensure social distancing. They shall also ensure proper sanitation in their premises and ensure availability of hand sanitizers/hand washing facilities.

9. The following shops/establishments providing essential goods and services shall be excluded from the above restrictions:

Banks/ATMs and related activities; Print and electronic media; IT and ITeS, including telecom, postal and internet Services; Supply chain and transport of essential commodities; E-Commerce (delivery) of essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment; Sale of food items, groceries, milk, bread, fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, fish and their transportation and warehousing activities; Take-away/ home delivery at restaurants; Hospitals, optical stores, diagnostic centres, pharmaceuticals manufacturing and their transportation; Petrol pumps, LPG gas, oil agencies, their godowns and  their related transport operations; All security services including those provided by private agencies; Private establishments that support the provisioning of essential services or the efforts for containment of COVID-19; Airports and related services.

10. The following Departments/Offices of the State Government shall be fully functional: 

District Collectorate/Divisional offices/Mandal Offices; Police; Health; Urban Local Bodies/Panchayatraj institutions; Fire; Taxation, Excise, Commercial Tax, Transport, Stamps and Registration; Electricity and water supply; Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Agricultural Marketing; Civil Supplies; Regulatory departments like Pollution Control Board, Legal Metrology, Drug Control Administration etc; All Central Government departments related to the above.

11. All food security card holding families would be given a one time support of Rs.1500/- to meet the expenditure on other essential commodities such as dal, vegetables and salt etc. at an estimated cost of Rs.1314 Crores.

12. All the Government as well as private establishments shall make payments of wages/salaries fully to the workers/employees including those working under contract and outsourcing basis during the lockdown period. Any violation will be viewed seriously and will invite penal action under The Epidemics Disease Act 1897.

13. All Educational institutions and education department activities including spot valuation will be closed till 31st March 2020.  All examinations scheduled during this period stand postponed.

14. All Anganwadi Centres shall remain closed till 31st March 2020.  Children and pregnant women/lactating mothers will be provided take home ration during this period.

15. Any person, institution, organization violating any provision of these regulations shall be dealt under the provisions of The Epidemics Diseases Act 1897, The Disaster Management Act 2005, regulations issued vide Ref 5th cited and other relevant Acts. 

[Order No. G.O.Ms.No.45]


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