Coronavirus Outbreak & lockdown in India: Part 2
It has been observed from the experience of lockdown part-I in India that the social distancing is the only key to fight with COVID-19. Thus, taking a step ahead , Government has announced LOCKDOWN part-2 in India from 15th April to 3rd May 2020. However, government announced it to be more tough and ordered the states to do well to make the lockdown a success.
Government has taken many steps to ease the problems. All the states were told that after 20th April their will be some ease in curfew & lockdown in the greener zones I.e. where the COVID patients are not there or have treated. Furthermore, warned the states to uplift the ease if cases increase in their areas.
21-Day lock down has wiped off 10 lakh crores from Indian Economy.
Government has taken several steps in Lockdown-2. These are mentioned below:
- Strengthen Online Delivery Platforms:Government has given freedom to all online platform to supply essentials just to avoid gatherings in the local markets. Amazon, Flipkart, Big basket, Grofers, Netmeds, Pharmeasy have benn issued the guidelines to ensure people staying at home.
- Lockdown pass issued online: Concerning the need of urgency of moving out in lockdown, people can easily apply online for the curfew pass. If their work is found to be done necessarily, pass will be issued to them.
- Security issued for the medical workers: After many health professionals got attacked during previous lockdown, government took this seriously and ensure the safety of health officials and police.
- Ensuring food security of everyone: PM Garib Kalyan Yojna is ensuring food safety for all who are living below the poverty line.
- Cash Assistance for poor: Finance minister announced to provide cash assistance to the needy registered underPM Jan Dhan Yojna. Moreover,
Government allowed some shops/activities to run for economy to move forward.
Let’s check what was allowed to open in Coronavirus outbreak lockdown 2:
- Offices of Government of India, Offices of State Government and UT Administration
- All health services
- All agriculture related activities
- Tea, coffee and rubber plantations (with 50% workforce)
- Animal Husbandry industry
- All operations of fishing
- Financial institutions like banks
- MNREGA works, social sector work and public utilities
- Supply of essential goods
- IT and IT enabled Services, with upto 50% strength
- Some Constrution activities
- Kirana stores
- Print and Electronic media broadcast,
- DTH and cable services
- Private vehicles fro emergency services
Note: Government allowed the above with proper restrictions imposed. All these industries need to follow proper sanitation, social distancing rules.
Now Let’s check what is prohibited during Coronavirus Outbreak Lockdown 2:
- All religious places of worship and religious congregations
- All public transport including buses, trains and flights, All metro trains All taxis, auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, cab aggregator services
- Public places including cinema halls, multiplexes, malls, shopping centres, gyms, sports facilities, parks, swimming pools, bars
- Any social, political, cultural, family, academic, religious and sports functions
- All educational institutions, schools, coaching classes and training institutes
- Delivery of non-essential services by e-commerce companies
- Inter-district or inter-state transport of people( except for those seeking medical emergencies)
- All industrial and commercial activities (except some essential ones)
- Hospitality services allowed under MHA guidelines
So, these were some points you should study for current affairs for UPSC IAS, PCS, HAS, HPS etc.
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