Coronavirus lockdown: who are exempt as essential service providers | Latest India News

Central and state governments have only allowed those associated with the delivery of essential services to be exempt from restrictions imposed under lockdown provisions and restraining orders. It has been clarified that the administration will take a dim view of the violations and invoke Section 188 for disobeying the order duly issued by an Indian Penal Code official against those who flout the norms.

It is therefore important that everyone knows who all qualify as essential service providers and have nothing to fear when venturing out in the performance of their official duties. Here are some of the people who are generally qualified under essential services.

Government essential services: Government health, police, fire, water, power, sanitation, civil supply personnel will be required to report for duty. Up to 75% of government employees in other departments received paid leave or were assigned to rotating duties. The arrangement differs for each state and employees should refer to state guidelines issued in this regard.

Essential Marketplace Services: Suppliers and sellers of groceries, vegetables, milk and medicines have also been classified as essential services, therefore the stores housing them will remain open and the workers employed by these outlets will report for work . Online services for food and other essential supplies are also allowed to operate. However, most of these companies have also provided work-from-home options for their employees.

Transport services classified as essential services: While the railroads have suspended all trains, including commuter services and most states have suspended all other public transportation facilities, including inter and intrastate buses, subway services and orderly public transport run by the private sector such as automobiles, taxis, private buses, e-rickshaws, etc. to stay off the roads on non-essential services, some public transport vehicles have been classified as essential services, including those carrying food, medicine, petroleum supplies, ambulances, some buses run by the State connecting essential services like airports, hospitals and other places of strategic importance will operate and employees deployed for these tasks will be allowed to report for work.

LPG, petrol, diesel, PDS agencies: While staff working for LPG distribution agencies, petrol stations and PDS distribution centers do not work for the government but they carry out essential services and are therefore exempt from the movement restrictions imposed during the lockdown and are supposed to report to work

Domestic airline and airport staff: While all international flights to India are suspended for a period of one week from midnight Sunday, there are no restrictions on the operation of domestic flights despite several airlines reducing a number of flights due to reduced demand. Airline personnel, including aircraft crew and ground staff, are allowed to report for work.

Jawans and Journalists: Soldiers and security force personnel responsible for the internal and external security of our country are exempt from any restrictions on movement, however, the Indian Army has announced a substantial reduction in the number of officers who are required to report at headquarters as a precaution. Print and electronic media professionals dealing with current affairs and employed by newspapers, radio stations, television stations, websites are also essential service providers and will be allowed to report for work and exercise their functions in the street while maintaining the precautions announced for social networks. distancing.

Michelle J. Kelley