New Delhi: Hours after issuing guidelines for states and UTs, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday evening issued another fresh advisory and allowed transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential during lockdown. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: 'Use State Disaster Relief Fund to Provide Food, Shelter to Migrant Workers,' MHA to States/UTs
Issuing a statement, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla made it clear that the newspaper delivery supply chain will also be allowed under exemptions given for print media. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: In Advisory, MHA Asks States to Provide Adequate Support to Migrant Workers
Writing a letter to chief secretaries of the states and the Union territories, Bhalla said the entire supply chain of milk collection and distribution, including its packing materials, has also been allowed during the lockdown period. Also Read - MHA Issues Fresh Guidelines: What Additional Services Exempted From Lockdown? Read Here
“Groceries, including hygiene products such as hand wash, soaps, disinfectants, oral care items, battery cells and chargers, are also allowed,” the MHA said in the advisory.
In the fresh advisory, the MHA also included the services of the Indian Red Cross Society under the Establishment of National Disaster Management Authority.
Earlier in the day, the MHA had issued another advisory and had asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop the movement of migrant workers.
Holding a video conference with chief secretaries and DGPs, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways as the lockdown continues.
“There has been movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country. Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed,” the MHA had said.
In the advisory, the states were asked to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways and there should be strict implementation of the lockdown.
The MHA said those who have violated the lockdown and travelled during the period of lockdown will be subject to minimum 14 days of quarantine in government quarantine facilities.