Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Maharashtra govt imposes 15-day strict restrictions in state from today to break chain of COVID-19 pandemic

Facing an unprecedented Covid crisis, the Maharashtra Government has imposed stringent restrictions for a fortnight to break the chain of Covid19 pandemic.

The fortnight long restrictions begin from 8 PM today.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray who made the announcement yesterday said only essential services will be allowed to function as usual.

Mr. Thackeray said all non-essential travel must be avoided at all cost.

AIR correspondent reports, the fortnight long daytime Curfew between 7 am to 8 pm will last for the next 15 days.

Addressing the people of the state through Facebook Live last evening, Thackeray said that daily spike of Covid cases is “scary” and as a reason section 144 will be imposed across the state.

During this period, public transport like local trains in Mumbai and bus service will not be suspended, but only employees from the essential services will be allowed to commute.

He urged the Centre to allow the state to use the services of the Indian Airforce to airlift oxygen supplies from outside Maharashtra.

Stating that he would be writing to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the effect of the restrictions imposed on the marginalised, poor and daily wage workers, Thackeray stated that he would be urging the PM to declare it as a national natural calamity and consider giving relief package to the needy.

He also urged Centre to give extension of three months to small and medium traders to file their GST returns.

He further informed  that the state government on its part will be providing subsidised ration of Wheat at Rs 3 per Kg and Rice at Rs 2 per Kg to seven crore daily wage earners for a period of one month.

Thackeray further announced that the state governments subsidised Shivbhojan Thali for the poor will now be given free of cost to two lakh beneficiaries for the next one month.

Referring to the registered daily work force employed in sectors like construction, registered domestic workers, autorickshaw licensed permit holders, registered beneficiaries under various Central and State government welfare schemes, the CM stated that the government will give an allowance of Rs 1,500 for one month and directly transfer that amount to their bank accounts.

He said that an allocation of Rs 5,400 crores has been made for the purpose of ensuring that the daily bread of these workers does not suffer, while their daily work may be hit.

Thackeray has appealed to retired government service doctors, nurses, voluntary organisations to join in the government’s war in containing the second wave of Covid-19.

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