With the introduction of Lockdown 2.0 by the Indian government, the status of lock-down has been extended to 3 May. The 21-day lock-down period has been extended to May 3 in a speech delivered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the nation yesterday. The lock-down status has been extended from 14 April 2020 to 3 May 2020 under Lockdown 2.0.
Regarding Lockdown 2.0, the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued certain guidelines which have given birth to “Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines”. A list of economic activities after April 14 is provided in this guidelines across the country. Keeping in mind the interests of farmers and daily wage earners, the central has allowed some activities after April 20, 2020 in some areas.
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Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines PDF
In view of the increasing cases of corona infection in India, recently the Chief Ministers of all the states discussed the increase in lock-down in a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Chief Minister of most states was in favour of increasing the lock-down, in view of which the “Lockdown 2.0” has been announced by the Central Government.
Under Lockdown 2.0, a list of economic activities allowed after April 20, 2020, in some areas has been prepared by the Ministry of Home Affairs keeping in mind the interests of farmers and daily wage earners. Information related to this will be provided to you in this article as well as we will also provide you with Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines pdf.
Overview of Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines
|Name||Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines|
|Launched By||Government of India|
|Start Date||20 April 2020|
|Imposed on||Citizens of India|
|Objective||Stopping the spread of COVID-19|
Implementation of the Lockdown
The central government has indicated some tightening with the introduction of Lockdown 2.0. In this regard, the Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines PDF has been released by the Central Government in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, through which the common man, government employees, offices can get all necessary information.
All the criteria under Lockdown 2.0 have been prepared by the government authority. District magistrates will deploy executive magistrates as the commander of the accident in the respective local courts. The Incident Commander will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in his jurisdiction. All other line department officers of the designated area shall operate under the instructions of such incident commander.
The Incident Commander will issue passes as per requirement to restore the supply of all necessary services. At the same time, all efforts to mobilize resources, workers and materials and to expand the hospital infrastructure will remain without hindrance. Here we have provided all the necessary information for you under the second phase of lock-down.
List of Offices to be Closed Under Lockdown 2.0
The following list of offices will remain closed till the next order / lock-down ends: –
- Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/ Subordinate Offices and Public Corporations.
- Offices of the State/ Union Territory Governments, their Autonomous Bodies, Corporations.
- Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.
- Industrial Establishments will remain closed
- All transport services — air, rail, roadways — will remain suspended.
- Hospitality Services to remain suspended
- All educational, training, research, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.
- All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be permitted, without any exception.
- All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions/gatherings shall be barred.
- In the case of funerals, a congregation of not more than twenty persons will be permitted.
- All the people who have arrived into India after 15.02.2020, and all such persons who have been directed by health care personnel to remain under strict home/institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local Health Authorities, failing which they will be liable to legal action under Sec. 188 of the IPC.
Exceptions Of The Lockdown
The following exceptions are to be followed in lockdown as per the order of the Ministry of Home Affairs
- Defence, central armed police forces
- Treasury (including, Pay & Accounts Offices, Financial Advisers and field offices of the Controller General of Accounts, with bare minimum staff)
- Public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), power generation and transmission units, post offices. Disaster management and Early Warning Agencies e. National Informatics Centre
- Customs clearance at ports/airports/land border, GSTN; and MCA 21 Registry with bare minimum staff
- Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated financial markets and entities like NPCL, CCIL, payment system operators and standalone primary dealers with bare minimum staff.
- Police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, and prisons.
- District administration and Treasury (including field offices of the Accountant General with bare minimum staff)
- Electricity, water, sanitation.
- Municipal bodies- Only staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel-related to water supply etc.
- Resident Commissioner of States, in New Delhi with bare minimum staff, for coordinating COVID-19 related activities and internal kitchens operations.
- Forest offices: Staff/ workers required to operate and maintain zoo, nurseries, wildlife, firefighting in forests, watering plantations, patrolling and their necessary transport movement.
- Social Welfare Department, with bare minimum staff, for operations of Homes for children/ disables/ senior citizens/ destitute/ women /widows; Observation homes; pensions.
- Agencies engaged in procurement of agriculture products, including MSP operations.
- `Mandis’ operated by the Agriculture Produce Market Committee or as notified by the State Government
- Hospitals, Veterinary Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist, Pharmacies (including Jan Aushadhi Kendra) and medical equipment shops, laboratories, Pharmaceutical research labs, clinics, nursing homes, ambulance etc. will continue to remain functional. The transportation for all medical personnel, nurses, para-medical staff, other hospital support services be permitted.
- Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder, fertilizers, seeds and pesticides. However, district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.
- Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs including IT vendors for banking operations; Banking Correspondent and ATM operation and cash management agencies.
- Print and electronic media.
- Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services. IT and IT-enabled Services only (for essential services) and as far as possible to work from home.
- Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce
- Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
- Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
- Capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India.
- Cold storage and warehousing services.
- Private security services.
- Data and call centres for Government activities only.
- Farming operations by farmers and farmworkers in the field.
- ‘Custom Hiring Centres (CHC)’ related to farm machinery.
- Shops of agriculture machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repairs to remain open.
- Shops for truck repairs on highways, preferably at fuel pumps.
- Operations of the fishing (marine)/aquaculture industry, including feeding & maintenance; hatcheries, feed plants, commercial aquaria, movement of fish/shrimp and fish products, fish seed/feed and workers for all these activities.
- Manufacturing units of essential goods, medical devices, their raw materials & inter
- Production units, which require continuous permission from the State Government.
- Manufacturing units of packaging material for food items, drugs, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.
- Manufacturing and packaging units of Fertilizers, Pesticides, and Seeds.
- The tea industry, including plantation with a maximum of 50% workers, Transportation for essential goods only.
- Fire, law and order and emergency services.
- Operations of Railways, Airports, and Seaports for cargo movement, relief and evacuation, and their related operational organizations, Inter-state movement of goods/ cargo for inland and exports.
- Cross land border movement of essential goods including petroleum products and LPG, food products, medical supplies.
- Intra and inter-state movement of harvesting and sowing related machines like combined harvester and other agriculture/horticulture implements.
- Transit arrangements for foreign national(s) in India. (as per attached SOP)
- Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew.
- Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.
Penalties For Violating Rules under Lockdown 2.0 Guidelines
In case of violation of the guidelines issued under Lockdown 2.0, the following penalties are provided under various sections.
|Punishment for obstruction, etc. (Whoever, without reasonable cause)||Obstructs any officer or employee of the Central Government or the State Government, or a person authorized by the National Authority or State Authority or District Authority in the discharge of his functions under this ActRefuses to comply with any direction given by or on behalf of the Central Government or the State Government or the National Executive Committee or the State Executive Committee or the District Authority under this Act||punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine, or with both, and if such obstruction or refusal to comply with directions results in loss of lives or imminent danger thereof, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years.|
|Punishment for false claim||Whoever knowingly makes a claim which he knows or has reason to believe to be false for obtaining any relief, assistance, repair, reconstruction or other benefits consequent to disaster from any officer of the Central Government, the State Government, the National Authority, the State Authority or the District Authority||punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, and also with fine.|
|Punishment for misappropriation of money or materials, etc||Whoever, being entrusted with any money or materials, or otherwise being, in the custody of, or dominion over, any money or goods, meant for providing relief in any threatening disaster situation or disaster misappropriates or appropriates for his own use or disposes of such money or materials or any part thereof or wilfully compels any another person.||Punishable with imprisonment for a a term which may extend to two years, and also with fine|
|Punishment for a false warning||Whoever makes or circulates a false alarm or warning as to disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic||punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with a fine.|
|Offences by Departments of the Government||(1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by any Department of the Government, the head of the Department (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a Department of the Government and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any officer, other than the head of the Department||liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly|
|Failure of an officer in duty or his connivance at the contravention of the provisions of this Act||Any officer, on whom any duty has been imposed by or under this Act and who ceases or refuses to perform or withdraws himself from the duties of his office shall unless he has obtained the express written permission of his official superior or has other lawful excuses for so doing||punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine.|
|Penalty for contravention of any order regarding requisitioning||If any person contravenes any order made under section 65||punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.|
|Offence by companies||(1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company or body corporate, every person who at the time the offence was committed was in charge of and was responsible to, the company, for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, 25 shall be deemed to be guilty of the contravention and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly: Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment provided in this Act if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he exercised due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence. (2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-section (1), where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, and it is proved that the offence was committed with the consent or connivance of or is attributable to any neglect on the part of any director, manager, secretary or another officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officers.||shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.|
|The previous sanction for prosecution||No prosecution for offences punishable under sections 55 and 56 shall be instituted except with the previous sanction of the Central Government or the State Government, as the case may be, or of any officer authorised in this behalf, by general or special order, by such Government.|
|Cognizance of offences||No court shall take cognizance of an offence under this Act except on a complaint made by— (a) the National Authority, the State Authority, the Central Government, the State Government, the District Authority or any other authority or officer authorised in this behalf by that Authority or Government, as the case may be; or (b) any person who has given notice of not less than thirty days in the manner prescribed, of the alleged offence and his intention to make a complaint to the National Authority, the State Authority, the Central Government, the State Government, the District Authority or any other authority or officer authorised as aforesaid|
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