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Mar 25, 2020

States observe total lockdown, take steps to ensure availability of essential commodities

Nagaland goes to total shutdown from today in response to call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Chief Secretary Temjen Toy assured there will be no shortage of essential commodities; appeals people not to panic. Responding to the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on complete nationwide lockdown for 21 days to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Nagaland Government has imposed a total shutdown across the State from today. 

All shops and business establishment, except essential services have been shut down. Vehicular movement remained off the road, barring security force, police personnel, district administration, medical, emergency services and the media.  

Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy has welcomed the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on complete lockdown across the country. Talking to AIR News Kohima exclusively today, he said the decision taken by the Central government is bold and relevant. Emphasizing that the scenario is changing every day, Toy said the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is social distancing.

He also assured the citizens that there will be no shortage of essential commodities because of the current lockdown. The Chief Secretary has appealed to the citizens not to panic and take all preventive measures and social distancing.

Also, the National lockdown is being observed strictly in the state of Maharashtra. District authorities are ensuring that there is no movement, except for essential services. AIR correspondent reports, Nagpur district administration  and Municipal Corporation  is handling the situation amid covid 19 outbreak in the City with coordination between various agencies . While Nagpur municipal corporation has started the corona survey  in the City for dual purpose of making masses aware about corona and state of health machinery in the state. The district administration is being  implementing the lock down in city by deploying police force in main squares and pockets of  city. Nagpur has registered with 4 Positive cases of covid-19 till date.

The West Bengal Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee announced a series of steps today for maintaining supply of essential commodities

AIR correspondent reports, taking a serious note of panic buying of people after announcement of 21 day long nationwide breakdown the West Bengal  Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed the Police administration to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities .She announced one month ration for poor people at a time through Public Distribution System . The State administration has opened a toll free number 1070 repeat 1070 and a helpline . The number is 033-22143526 repeat 033- 22143526 to respond people's queries on Corona and to extend necessary help . Abiding the health directions most of the people have remained indoor but reports of violation of instructions have also come in. Kolkata Police has arrested more than 1300 people for gathering and assembling on roads , streets , tea shops and other places so far.

In Himachal Pradesh, appropriate and effective steps are being taken to ensure an adequate supply of essential commodities to the people of the state during the twenty-one-day lockdown in the country as well as the State. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur took stock of the situation due to the lockdown in a high-level meeting in Shimla today.

Chief Minister said that effective steps would be taken to ensure that the supply of essential commodities from the outside the state is not hampered. He said sufficient stock of ration, pulses and edible oils are available in the state. The steps would also be taken to ensure the availability of milk and bread in sufficient quantity. He said that if required, milk collection centers would be established to facilitate the consumers.

Chief Minister directed concerned officials that adequate steps must be taken to ensure the availability of cattle fodder. He said the movement of nomadic Gaddi and Gujjars and their herds should not be restricted and all preventive measures should be taken for their safety.

In Mizoram, the State govt will provide free ration to the beneficiaries of Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) and also to the Priority Household Card Holders to ease the hardships faced by the poor section of people during the lockdown period, going on to maintain social distancing to fight against spread of Corona Virus. The Food and Civil Supply and Consumer Affairs Minister K. Lalrinliana said this in a televised message this evening. 

The Minister also assured the people of the state that the government is committed to ensure uninterrupted supply of essential commodities in the state during the 21 day lockdown period. He also appealed to people not to stockpile essential commodities and buy commodities only on need basis.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that one thousand rupees will be given to each family of ration card holders throughout the state.This decision has been taken in view of lockdown.The government had already taken decision to provide one month free ration for whole card holders in the state.

AIR correspondent reports that many people and voluntary organisation are coming forward for  donating relief fund to meet challenge for  the situation arising out in view of Coronavirus outbreak.

The Assam government said that sufficient essential food items are available for the people of the state. Speaking to the media Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna said that stocks over 3 lakh tonnes are available which could feed 3 months. He added that 1 train carrying additional goods is reaching the state. The Chief Secretary also said that mid day meals to around 14 lakh students will be given.


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