Daily Mail India: The next phase of nationwide lockdown (bandh) implemented due to corona virus will start from Monday and people will get more concessions and flexibility. Officials said on Friday that states and union territories would be empowered to define hotspots in this fourth phase of the bandh (lockdown-4) with the gradual commencement of passenger rail service and domestic passenger flights.
Schools, colleges, malls and cinema houses will not be allowed to open anywhere in the country but salons, barber shops and eyeglasses can be allowed to open in the Red Zone except in Covid-19 prohibited areas. An official who is aware of the ongoing talks about the exemption in bandh in the central government said that people will get more relaxation than the earlier stages in Lockdown-4 and during this time the green zone will be fully opened, in the orange zone extremely There will be less restriction while the prohibited areas of the Red Zone will have strict restrictions.
State Governments and Union Administrators Recommendations
The final guidelines, however, will be issued by the Union Home Ministry after studying the advice received from the state governments. State governments and union administrators have been asked to give their recommendations by Friday. According to officials, Punjab, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Assam and Telangana want the bandh to continue, some of which want the districts to determine the zones – Red, Orange and Green – as per the status of Covid-19. Be given. The official said that the request of the State Governments can be accepted so that they can approve a ban on the movement and economic activities of people at a particular place or start them based on the ground situation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi – India News Live
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation on Monday that the lockdown-4 would be in a “completely different form” with the new rules. The official said to India News Live, “No state wants to end the shutdown completely but all want to gradually restore economic activity.” The gradual and need-based operation of railway and domestic flights is expected to be approved from next week but the possibility of full opening of both the sectors is not immediate. The official said that Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka were among those states that do not want train and air services to be fully restored, at least not until the end of May.
Railways has already started operating special trains from Delhi to 15 places and apart from this, hundreds of “Shramik Special” trains have also been operated to take the migrant workers stranded in different areas of the country to their destinations. being done. At the same time, Air India is also campaigning for the return of thousands of Indians trapped abroad due to the bandh under ‘Vande Bharat Mission’. Local train, bus and metro service can begin operations in limited capacity in non-prohibited areas of the Red Zone. Autos and taxis in the Red Zone can also be allowed to operate with limited number of passengers.
Official Announcement By India Governments
Another official said that most of these services will be allowed only in the non-prohibited areas of the district and the state government may decide to reopen them. The right to open markets in Orange and Red Zone can be given to the State Governments who can adopt the Audi-Even policy to open non-essential goods shops. Even in the Red Zone, e-commerce companies can be allowed to supply non-essential items except the prohibited area.
Sales of non-essential items are already allowed by e-commerce companies in the Green and Orange zones. Maharashtra, badly hit by the virus, wants strict measures for the bandh in Mumbai, its suburbs and Pune and against any inter-state or inter-district transport. Gujarat is in favor of resuming economic activities in major urban centers. After Maharashtra, Gujarat ranks second in terms of infection cases in the country. The official said that some states including Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala are in favor of opening economic activities.
It is believed that Kerala has suggested the reopening of restaurants and hotels to bring the tourism industry back on track. The recent cases of migrant laborers in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha have witnessed a spurt in cases of Covid-19 and they want the bandh to continue and the movement of people tightened. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a bandh for 21 days for the first time on 24 March. It was first extended to three May and then to 17 May. Be with daily mail India – India news live to latest updates.