AGENCIES, New Delhi: Activities like agriculture, IT, e-commerce and inter-state transport will be allowed after April 20 to mitigate hardships to public, the government said on Wednesday in new guidelines issued a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the coronavirus lockdown till May 3.
“The revised consolidated guidelines are aimed at operating those sectors of the economy which are critical from the perspective of rural and agricultural development and job creation, while maintaining strict protocols in areas where safety is paramount to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” the guidelines said.
Farming operations, including procurement of agricultural products and agriculture marketing through notified mandis and direct and decentralized marketing will be allowed in areas that are not COVID-19 hotspots after April 20.
The supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and live-stock farming and tea, coffee and rubber plantations will resume.
“To provide an impetus to the rural economy, industries operating in rural areas, including food processing industries, construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and industrial projects in rural areas, works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) have all been allowed. These activities will create job opportunities for rural labour, including the migrant labour force,” the government notification said.
Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control will be allowed in SEZs, EoUs, industrial estates and industrial townships after implementation of SOP for social distancing. Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging can also resume.