New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued fresh guidelines and further exempted a few essential services in the time of 21-day lockdown. In the new guidelines, the MHA covered additional people and services which will be exempted from the 21-day lockdown as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday. Also Read - NPR Exercise, First Phase of Census Deferred Indefinitely Due to 21-day Lockdown, Says MHA

Issuing the fresh guidelines, the MHA said that the Reserve Bank of India and RBI-regulated financial markets, pay and accounts officers and field officers of the CAG, petroleum products and supply chain and forest staff are exempted from the purview of the lockdown.

It also added that people who are handling cargo operations in airports and railway stations, coal mining activities, officers and staff of resident commissioners based in Delhi and customs clearance at ports, airports and land borders are also exempted from the lockdown.

The MHA guidelines further stated that forest offices staff and workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nurseries, wildlife, fire-fighting in forests are exempted from the lockdown.

The other services which are exempted from the lockdown include watering plantations, patrolling and their necessary transport movement, social welfare department staff for operations of homes for children, disabled, senior citizens, destitute women, widows, observation homes and pensions services.

Earlier in the day, the MHA had also issued another guideline, asking states governments to check the spread of rumours about shortage of food and other essential commodities.

Issuing a communication to chief secretaries and DGPs of all states, the MHA had asked them to take action to allay apprehensions and maintain peace and tranquillity, and inform people about the availability of food, medicine and other essential commodities.