Home Ministry guidelines for 21-day nationwide lockdown - Full list


Daijiworld Media Network – New Delhi (AM)

New Delhi, Mar 25: Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the ministry of home affairs issued guidelines for essential service providers.

In a few key points, all transport services road, rail and air will remain suspended during the lockdown period, executive magistrates will be deployed by district magistrate will enforce the lockdown, fair price shops and those dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, animal fodder will remain open, and banks, insurance offices, print and electronic media also will remain open.

Also, not more than 20 people are permitted during funerals.

Below are the complete guidelines on the measures to be taken by Ministries/ Departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory Governments and State/ Union Territory Authorities for containment of coronavirus epidemic in the country:

1. Offices of the Government of India, its Autonomous/ Subordinate Offices and Public Corporations shall remain closed.
Exceptions:
Defence, central armed police forces, treasury, public utilities (including petroleum, CNG, LPG, PNG), disaster management, power generation and transmission units, post offices, National Informatics Centre, Early Warning Agencies

2. Offices of the State/ Union Territory Governments, their Autonomous Bodies, Corporations, etc. shall remain closed.

Exceptions:


a. Police, home guards, civil defence, fire and emergency services, disaster management, and prisons.
b. District administration and Treasury
c. Electricity, water, sanitation
d. Municipal bodies—Only staff required for essential services like sanitation, personnel related to water supply etc

The above offices (SL No 1 & 2) should work with minimum number of employees. All other offices may continue to work-from-home only.

3. Hospitals and all related medical establishments, including their manufacturing and distribution units, both in public and private sector, such as dispensaries, chemist and medical equipment shops, laboratories, 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.

4. Commercial and private establishments shall be closed down.

Exceptions:

a. Shops, including ration shops (under PDS), dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy and milk booths, meat and fish, animal fodder. However, district authorities may encourage and facilitate home delivery to minimize the movement of individuals outside their homes.

b. Banks, insurance offices, and ATMs.

c. Print and electronic media

d. 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.

e. Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through E-commerce.

f. Petrol pumps, LPG, Petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.

g. Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.

h. Capital and debt market services as notified by the Securities and Exchange Board of India

i. Cold storage and warehousing services.

j. Private security services

All other establishments may work-from-home only.

5. Industrial Establishments will remain closed.

Exceptions:

a. Manufacturing units of essential commodities.
b. Production units, which require continuous process, after obtaining required permission from the State Government

6. All transport services — air, rail, roadways — will remain suspended.

Exceptions:

a. Transportation for essential goods only.

b. Fire, law and order and emergency services.

7. Hospitality Services to remain suspended

Exceptions:

a. Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels, which are accommodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew.
b. Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.

8. All educational, training, research, coaching institutions etc. shall remain closed.

9. All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregations will be
permitted, without any exception.

10. All social/ political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions /
gatherings shall be barred.

11. In case of funerals, congregation of not more than twenty persons will be permitted.

12. All persons 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 1PC.

13. Wherever exceptions to above containment measures have been allowed, the organisations/employers must ensure necessary precautions against COVID-19 virus, as well as social distance measures, as advised by the Health Department from time to time.

14. In order to implement these containment measures, the District Magistrate will deploy Executive Magistrates as Incident Commanders in the respective local jurisdictions. The Incident Commander will be responsible for the overall implementation of these measures in their respective jurisdictions. All other line department officials in the specified area will work under the directions of such incident commander. The Incident Commander will issue passes for enabling essential movements as explained.

15. All enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods.

16. The incident Commanders will in particular ensure that all efforts for mobilisation of resources, workers and material for augmentation and expansion of hospital infrastructure shall continue without any
hindrance.

17. Any person violating these containment measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, besides legal action under Sec.
188 of the IPC (as per Appendix).

18.The above containment measures will remain in force, in all parts of the country, for a period of 21 days with effect from 25.03.2020.

1. Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005

Offences and Penalties

51. Punishment for obstruction, etc — Whoever, without reasonable cause —
(a) obstructs any officer or employee of the Central Government or the State Government, or a person authorised by the National Authority or State Authority or District Authority in the discharge of his functions under this Act; or

(b) refuses 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, shall on conviction be 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.

52. 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, shall, on conviction be punishable with imprisonment fora term which may extend to two years, and also with fine.

53. Punishment for misappropriation of money or materials, etc  - Whoever, being entrusted with any money or materials, or otherwise being, in 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 other person so to do, shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years, and also with fine.

54. Punishment for false warning — Whoever makes or circulates a false alarm or warning as to disaster or its severity or magnitude, leading to panic, shall on conviction, be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to one year or with fine.

55. 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 shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly unless he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he exercised all 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 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, such officer shall be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

56. Failure of 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 excuse for so doing, be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine.

57. Penalty for contravention of any order regarding requisitioning—If any person contravenes any order made under section 65, he shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both.

58. 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 other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall also, be deemed to be guilty of that offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly.

Explanation.—For the purpose of this section— (a) "company" means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and (b) "director", in relation to a firm, means a partner in the firm.

59. 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.

60. 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.

2. Section 188 in The Indian Penal Code

188. Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.—Whoever, knowing that, by an order promulgated by a public servant lawfully empowered to promulgate such order, he is directed to abstain from a certain act, or to take certain order with certain property in his possession or under his management, disobeys such direction, shall, if such disobedience causes or tends to cause obstruction, annoyance or injury, or risk of obstruction, annoyance or injury, to any person lawfully employed, be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one month or with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees, or with both; and if such disobedience causes or trends to cause danger to human life, health or safety, or causes or tends to cause a riot or affray, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.

Explanation - It is not necessary that the offender should intend to produce harm, or contemplate his disobedience as likely to produce harm. It is sufficient that he knows of the order which he disobeys, and that his disobedience produces, or is likely to produce, harm.

Illustration - An order is promulgated by a public servant lawfully empowered to promulgate such order, directing that a religious procession shall not pass down a certain street. A knowingly disobeys the order, and thereby causes danger of riot. A has committed the offence defined in this section. 

  

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  • Lata, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Government, Public ,Society ,and we must give assurance to corona virus es effected people & families please isolate yourself if you co operate with us we whoever healthy person do our best to protect you take care of your daily needs ,provide you all your basic necessity to your home .
    Your co operation required whole heatedly openly submit who ever infected, isolate & lock down yourself. So that your families & other families not infected .
    I request whoever neighbors in your nearby anybody effected please support them provide them groceries ,basic things what they need immediate requirements for their daily lives how much is possible in your hand so that avoid those people come out in the public. keep basic thing outside their house so they can pic from there. Please ...... please

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    People,

    If people keep a distance of 2 Meters apart and wear face masks perhaps none of these were needed except social gatherings, restaurants, Theaters, Gyms etc... closed like in West...

    Any way, now its declared...and this is done for greater welfare of the people ...please follow this...Prevention is ALWAYS better than Cure...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Corona Virus COVID-19 already recorded disagree...Hmmm...It does not agree to 2 Meter's social distancing...it thinks CLOER is better!!!...

    ...Tak...Takk...

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  • Rahul, BAJPE

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Are we prepared for this 21-days lockdown?
    Where is the task force to tackle any risk management issues?
    Until now our state government not ready to tackle the current situation!

    DisAgree [2] Agree [6] Reply Report Abuse

  • habeeb, UDUPI

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    The government should arrange necessary facilities to daily wages poor peoples.

    DisAgree [1] Agree [14] Reply Report Abuse

  • Joy, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    21 day's lockdown is okay, but I feel at least till 31s March, it should be total lockdown, only medical shops should be open.
    People won't die if they don't take milk for a week, Let them buy n keep essential things immediately n keep,
    People should have some basic sense to know , for what we are struggling. Shame on the people who dissobey orders.

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  • Prem, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Measures to stop all international modes of transport should have been taken long back
    When there was corona outbreak in China a neighbouring country PM should have taken measures holding meetings with health ministers and medical professionals.

    As usual till the last minute international flights were plying like rickshaws

    As usual negligence. And at what cost ?

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  • Roshan, Mangaluru

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    When the entire world was talking corona. Modified led BJP did nothing. Let his gobar leaders to do the talking for weeks. Even letting the export of masks and ventilators.

    Sometime some lesson's have to be with pain. Not all have roof, food and water in India. They are in millions.

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  • Chetan, Mangalore

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    15000 crores allocated to tackle Covid19. That is Rs 112 per person in this country. 20000 crores for a new parliament building which is absolutely unnecessary. This government has no clue about prioritising things.

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  • Mohsin, Bhatkal uttara Kannada

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    Dear concern I got stuck in Bangalore want to travel to my place please kindly consider my request as sincere request and allow me to travel to my place Bhatkal from Bangalore by using my Honda Activa thanks please kindly acknowledge and oblige,

    Yours sincerely
    MOHSIN
    mmbkl63@gmail.com

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Mar 25 2020

    This is not the right time to travel, stay safe.

    DisAgree [4] Agree [27] Reply Report Abuse


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