Centre exempts several services from lockdown guidelines


New Delhi: The Centre has now exempted more services from restrictions under 21-day countrywide lockdown enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.

The Union Home Secretary has written to States specifying the details of such services being exempted under the restrictions.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to the chief secretaries clarifying that people and logistics involved in the running of these services will be exempted on the lines of other essential services.

These services include distribution of food items and nutrition support by Anganwadi workers, once in 15 days, at the doorsteps of beneficiaries like children, women and lactating mothers.

Those involved in direct marketing of farm produce, with assistance from government authorities, hospital and related medical services under AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) and manufacturing and packaging of drugs under this category have also been exempted as per the latest directive.

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