Govt relaxes restriction in 15 sectors including agriculture; emphasizes on masks and social distancing

Govt relaxes restriction in 15 sectors including agriculture; emphasizes on masks and social distancing

Ministers to donate 30% of their salary, Class XI students to be promoted

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The state cabinet during its meeting on Monday decided to relax restriction in 15 sectors including agriculture. The government however laid stressed on wearing of masks and maintaining social distance even as it put out a series of points to prevent and fight against the novel virus, COVID-19.

The various sectors under which restrictions are relaxed are as follows:

Supply of Essential goods:

The government has permitted home delivery of essential commodities while adding that locality based retails shops dealing with essential commodities like grades (or daily use, vegetables, fruits, poultry, meat and fish will be opened in all districts from 6 am to 2 pm on all days except Sundays. The govt stated that social distancing shall be maintained by all and mask shall be compulsory on by any person visiting public place.

Wholesale markets at Imphal shall be opened on Tuesday, Thursday  and Saturday for selling to retails shops as per permit issued by Deputy Commissioners and that movement of people on vehicles is restricted except pass holders.

Movement of Cargo and goods:

All goods vehicles are allowed to cross interstate border at Mao, Jiribam and Jessami, as per the order. Movement of all trucks and other carrier vehicles with two drivers and one helper including empty trucks after delivery of goods or for pick up of goods are also permitted.

All drivers and helpers of the trucks who enter the State from outside the state shall mandatorily follow the Standard Operating Protocol already notified by the Home Department vide Offic Memorandum No.8/b(1)/2020 dated o7/od/2O, 08l04I20 and other instructions issued by the Health and Transport Dept. Any person visiting their homes, shall remain under Home quarantine as per the advice of Hearth Department.

Shops for truck repairs and dhabas on highways are allowed with social distancing prescribed.

Health Related Activities:

Hospitals, Nursing homes, Clinics and Dispensaries, all Chemists, Pharmacies and all kinds of medicine shops including Jan Aushadi Kendras and Medical equipment shops, Medical Laboratories and collection centres, Veterinary Hospitals, diapensaries, clinic and related pathological laboratories and sale and supply of vaccines shall be exempted.

Public Utilities:

Under this category, distribution of LPG through Home delivery, Postal Services including post office, Telecommunication and internet services, Operation of Water / sanitation and waste management sectors and Petrol pumps (Separate orders will be issued) will be exempted.

Agricultural and related activities:

Farming operation by farmers and farm workers in field in rural areas to be exempted along with agencies engaged in procurement of agricultural produce including Farmer Producers companies


Operations of fish farms and fishing and fish feed plants

Animal Husbandry:

Collection, processing, distribution and sale of milk and milk products; Operation of poultry farms and hatcharies, piggery and dairy development; and Animal feed manufacturing

Finance Sector:

Reserve Bank of India and RBI regulated Financial market and Bank branches and ATMs and Business Correspondents

Social Sector:

Operation of Homes for children/disabled/Mentally challenged/senior citizens/destitute/women/widows; Observation Homes, After care homes and Juvenile Homes; Disbursement of Old Age pension /widow pension/freedom fighter pensions; and Operation of Aganwadi centres by distribution of food items and nutrition once in 15 days at the doorsteps of beneficiaries. Beneficiaries should not attend Anganwadi centres.

Online teaching:

All Educational Institutions, Training and Coaching Centres shall remain closed; these establishments are expected to maintain the academic schedule through online teaching.

MNREGA works:

MNREGA works are allowed in rural areas with strict Implementation of social distancing and face mask.

Commercial and private establishments:

Print and electronic media; Courier services; Private securely services; Food processing units; Mineral water manufacturing and distribution; Home delivery of food by restaurants and outlets.

Construction Activities:

Construction of roads and railway projects including MSMEs in rural areas i.e. outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities; Construction and maintenance of rural water supply schemes; Continuation of works in construction projects, within limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside (in situ construction).

Movement of Persons:

Private vehicles for emergency services including medical and veterinary care; all exempted category of employees attending work place.

Offices of Central and State Government:

All State Government offices shall be opened. All Officers of the rank of Under Secretary and above shall attend. In respect of other categories 33 percent of the staff will attend office by rotation; All Treasury offices will function with required staff; All offices dealing with essential services will function normally; All Central government offices may function as per the guidelines issued by Government of India and there shall be total ban on visitors.

Following the cabinet meeting, Education Minister Th. Radheshyam also announced that the state Cabinet took a decision regarding contribution of 30 percent of the annual salaries of ministers to the state government fund for fighting Covid-19. 

Addressing a press conference at SSA office at Babupara just after the conclusion of the Cabinet meeting on Monday afternoon, Radheshyam stated that the ministers in the state have also agreed upon and approved the contribution of 30% of their salary of one year to the state government’s fund in fighting against COVID-19. Also an amount of Rs 25 lakh has been approved from Local Area Development Fund of every MLA for distribution of essential food items and commodities in their respective constituencies. However, for Andro A/C which does not have a representative in the state Assembly, these packages will be excluding from the fund as of now. The District Commissioner will carry out the distribution activities after requisition are made according to Disaster Management Act, 2005, the minister said.

He further informed that transportation workers like drivers and handymen will be given an amount of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 respectively per trip and the same has been approved by the cabinet decision. Increase of pay for VDF at Rs 9500 and ration money to Rs 2000 have also been approved.

Radheshyam further declared that students of 11th standard will be given promotion to 12th standard for this year. The formation of Adhoc Committee for the recruitment of the required posts of lecturers for DM University has also been approved by the cabinet and necessary procedures will be taken up after the issues of COVID-19 is tackled and the state is safe from infection.

The newly Chairman of Haj Committee has also been recruited and salary package will be given, he stated.

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