UP to Kerala: States try to bring businesses back to life in lockdown

A day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) got here out with pointers for reopening of industries and agricultural actions, states acquired down to detailing a mannequin for implementation.

With the rules to be made efficient from April 20, states are taking a look at methods to implement them whereas maintaining a tally of the scenario on the floor degree.

The MHA pointers stated that states and Union territories can’t dilute the protocols, however are allowed to impose stricter measures as per the necessities of native areas.

Some states have already give you particular pointers primarily based on MHA’s, whereas some are nonetheless deliberating on relaxations.

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The Maharashtra authorities has determined not to permit resumption of industries in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and areas below Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Nagpur municipal companies. The authorities will give precedence to agro processing items in rural areas, Industries Minister Subhash Desai stated on Thursday.

The restrictions in Mumbai and Pune metropolitan areas and Nagpur would proceed in view of numerous illness (Covid-19) circumstances in these areas.

Desai held a overview assembly with industries and well being division officers to formulate a coverage for resumption of industries in the state.

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Uttar Pradesh authorities has began the method of drafting state authorities orders pertaining to particular sectors after a high-level assembly chaired by Chief Minister The authorities could be following the MHA pointers for resumption of commercial and agricultural actions in letter and spirit.


The Gujarat authorities has issued pointers for industries and industrial actions to resume from April 20, topic to security measures and social distancing measures. The relaxations, nevertheless, won’t apply to areas declared as hotspot or containment zones in totally different cities of Gujarat.

The state authorities will now be forming a seven-member district degree committee, chaired by respective district collectors to oversee implementation of the rules.

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Chief Minister stated that the state authorities was awaiting additional particulars from the Centre on permitting industries to function throughout the interval.

The state authorities has fashioned a committee below Finance Secretary S Krishnan to research lifting the restrictions for numerous sectors, together with factories from April 20 onwards. The committee can be in contact with the central authorities to get its approval on suggestions, primarily based on which restrictions can be eased in numerous sectors.


The Odisha authorities would give you a notification on April 17 for implementation of pointers issued by the MHA.

“Activities at industrial estates and operations of MSMEs will be allowed to recommence from April 20, with strict observance of social distancing norms. Workers will be asked to stay within the industrial premises, so as to minimise travel. Production cannot be allowed to halt for long as the state needs to revive its economic activity,” stated a senior official.

For distant districts, the federal government will take a lenient view on staff’ attendance. But since Bhubaneswar and its periphery has been listed as one of many Covid-19 hotspots, “we will act with caution as far as the count of workers will be allowed,” the official stated.

Even earlier than MHA’s announcement, the Odisha authorities allowed leisure in norms in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and fisheries & animal husbandries.

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The Kerala authorities is but to give you particulars for implementation of pointers, although a gathering of ministers was held on Thursday.

The authorities is probably going to search the Centre’s permission to divide the state into 4 zones, primarily based on the variety of Covid-19 circumstances below remedy.

Districts like Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, and Malappuram, which have seen extra variety of Covid-19 circumstances in the current previous, can be in a zone below utmost management until May 3.

Agriculture, fisheries, and development sectors would possibly see some leisure after April 20. The state authorities has additionally sought suggestions from trade organisations on the type of leisure they require to begin operations.


Telangana Chief Minister Ok Chandrashekar Rao has scheduled a Cabinet assembly for April 19, a day forward of implementation of relaxations proposed by the MHA. The state Cabinet will focus on the proposed relaxations in element, apart from the result of the continued lockdown in the state.

Rao, whereas reviewing the scenario on Thursday, stated that the federal government will take a remaining name on leisure in the non-red zones, relying on the scenario prevailing on April 19.

The state has give you 259 containment centres, the place stringent measures are being taken to include the unfold of the virus. The authorities has readied 20,000 beds adequate to deal with circumstances going up to 100,000 in the state.


Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed officers to take instant steps for aquaculture exports to different states.

However, even because the state is taking steps to open the financial system in the non-red zones alongside MHA pointers, it has directed the administration to implement the lockdown stringently.

(Aneesh Phadnis, Virendra Singh Rawat, Vinay Umarji, Jayajit Dash, Dasarath Reddy Bhuswam, Gireesh Babu)

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