Ministry of Home Affairs issues revised consolidated Guidelines regarding COVID-19

Apr 15, 2020 | by Avantis RegTech Legal Research Team

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EHS Compliance

The Ministry of Home Affairs on April 15, 2020, issues revised consolidated Guidelines after extension of lockdown till May, 03, 2020.

The revised consolidated Guidelines delineating the prohibited activities across the country, activities allowed in containment zones, and select permitted activities allowed from April 20, 2020 in the rest of the country.

The objective of the revised guidelines is to consolidate the gains achieved during the 1st phase of lockdown and further slowdown the spread of Covid-19 and at the same time provide relief to farmers, labourers and daily wage earners.

 The activities prohibited across the country include:

Travel by air, rail and road; operation of educational and training institutions; industrial and commercial activities; hospitality services; all cinema halls, shopping complexes, theatres, etc., all social, political and other events, and opening of all religious places/ places of worship for members of public, including religious congregations.

 Mandatory home-made face covers at workplaces and in public places, strong hygiene and health care measures like provision of sanitisers, staggered shifts, access control, thermal screening and imposing fines for spitting etc. penalties will be imposed for violation.

 The permitted activities from April 20, 2020 are:

a) Transportation of goods will be permitted without any distinction of essential or non-essential. 

b) 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 live-stock farming; and tea, coffee and rubber plantations are allowed to be functional. 

c) Industries operating in rural areas, including food processing industries; construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and industrial projects in rural areas; works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works; and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) have all been allowed.

d) Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control have been permitted in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), Export Oriented Units (EoUs), industrial estates and industrial townships after implementation of SOP for social distancing. 

e) Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packagings are also allowed.

f) Coal, mineral and oil production are permitted activities. 

g) The important components of the financial sector, e.g., RBI, banks, ATMs, capital and debt markets as notified by Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and insurance companies will also remain functional, with a view to provide enough liquidity and credit support to the industrial sectors.

h) e-commerce operations, operations of IT and IT enabled services, data and call centres for Government activities, and online teaching and distance learning are all permitted activities now. 

i) all health services and the social sector to remain functional; public utilities to function without any hindrance; the supply chain of essential goods to operate without any hindrance; and, important offices of Central and State Governments and local bodies to remain open with required strength. 

However, the activities permitted under the revised guidelines, from April 20, 2020 will not be allowed within the containment zones as demarcated by States/ UTs/ District Administrations. In these zones, no unchecked inward/ outward movement of population would be allowed, except for maintaining essential services, i.e., medical emergencies and law & order duties, and government business continuity. 

The revised consolidated guidelines are aimed at operating those sectors of the economy which are critical from the perspective of rural and agricultural development and job creation, while maintaining strict protocols in areas where safety is paramount to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country.


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