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NEW DELHI: The Dwelling Secretary on Sunday clarified that newspaper supply chain was allowed to function through the 21-day lockdown as a part of exemption granted to the ‘print media’.
Elaborating on the scope of exemptions granted by the house ministry in its pointers dated March 24 and subsequent addendum orders dated March 25 and 27, Dwelling Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Sunday knowledgeable the state chief secretaries that the transportation of all items, with out distinction of important and in-essential, was permitted through the lockdown. Sources mentioned which means that non-essential items may be transported seamlessly by means of state borders, regardless that their sale at level of retail and supply can not occur through the lockdown.
In his letter to the chief secretaries, Bhalla mentioned groceries allowed to be bought as important objects through the lockdown included hygiene merchandise like hand wash, soaps, disinfectants, physique wash, shampoos, floor cleaners, detergents and tissue papers, toothpaste/oral care, sanitary pads and diapers, battery cells and chargers and many others.
Additionally, your complete provide chain of milk assortment and distribution, together with its packaging materials was allowed, he added.
Bhalla informed the states that providers of Indian Red Cross Society can be included within the exemption class referring to medical/healthcare providers.
Moreover, the exception granted for ‘pension’ underneath Clause 2(g) of the rules would cowl pension and provident fund providers offered by the Staff Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
“I would like to inform that the Central government has also allowed use of SDRF for homeless people, including migrant labourers, stranded due to lockdown measures, and sheltered in the relief camps and other places for providing them food etc..,” the Dwelling Secretary mentioned including that district authorities and area businesses could also be knowledgeable accordingly to keep away from any ambiguity on the floor stage. Watch Newspaper delivery supply chain allowed under exemptions given for print media: MHA