A bold step has been taken by maharashtra government, on combating ‘Chinese Coronavirus’ (COVID-19). Meanwhile, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announces that from this Midnight, all workplaces will remain closed till 31st March.
This is applicable in Mumbai, MMR Region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur. Govt offices to operate at 25% attendance.. However, Essential services shall operate, any other services important to operate, the collectors shall specify from time to time.
Groceries, milk and other day to day items shall be available. Citizens are req to reduce unnecessary movement, It added. This is not a holiday. This has been forced upon us. Do not cut salaries of those made to stay home. added Uddhav Thackeray, Maharashtra CM.
Moreover, Maharashtra Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad said that, All exams from class 1 to 8 are cancelled, all students to be promoted to next classes without exam. In Delhi, CM arvind Kejriwal stated that, In view of the prevailing situation, we are closing down all Malls (except grocery, pharmacy and vegetable shops in them), he stated on March 20.
BMC orders all non-essential service providing offices to function at 50% staff capacity
Despite the same, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 19 called for a ‘Janta Curfew’, as he addressed the nation on measures to fight coronavirus. The PM, “I am requesting your support for ‘Janta Curfew’. The curfew will be in place from 7 am to 9 pm on Sunday, March 22,”.
(Author, Trilok Singh is with CEO here).