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Punjab, Telangana And Delhi Government Rule Out Lockdown

Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao decided to extend the lockdown till May 7. The CM has also banned apps from functioning from Monday

PUNJAB| On Sunday Punjab, Telangana and Delhi government decided to rule out the relaxation after 20 April purposed by the central government.

Punjab government on Sunday said it will not relax the lockdown till May 3 and any decision on the way forward will be taken after an expert committee set up to formulate state’s lockdown exit plan submits its report.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed the deputy commissioner to ensure strict enforcement of the curfew in all district and check availability of essential items and also asked officials to not issue curfew passes during the month of Ramzan, which begins next week.

Following this Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao decided to extend the lockdown within the state till May 7. The CM extended the lockdown beyond four days more scaled by the Central government. The CM has also banned food delivery apps from functioning from Monday. Passenger flight services will also not be allowed till May 7 though the aviation ministry is contemplating the launch of services from May 4.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday declared the statewide lockdown to remain. The Delhi Government is not willing to relax the lockdown and the situation will be reviewed on 27.

Punjab government has shown concerns regarding the hygiene conditions in mandis were not up to the mark, Singh has also ordered a health audit of these centres, where 185 lakh metric tonnes of wheat is expected to arrive till June when the procurement will come to an end. This will infuse around Rs 35,000 crore, including the cash credit limit payment of Rs 26,000 crore received from the  Centre, into the state economy, thus giving it the much-needed support for fighting the COVID-19 battle effectively.

Punjab government has decided following the situation after May 3 and reports of an expert committee set up to formulate the state’s lockdown exit strategy. The committee is expected to submit its report this week.

Any violation of the government orders shall invite criminal proceedings under the relevant provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Indian Penal Code, the chief minister warned.



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