NEW DELHI: To ensure that the farmers in India do not suffer, the government on Saturday issued a slew of exemptions and relaxations for agriculture and allied sectors in view of the 21-day lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
The Union ministry of home affairs issued the 4th Addendum to its notification invoking the Disaster Management Act, according to which the shops of agricultural machinery, its spare parts (including its supply chain) and repairs and shops for truck repairs on highways, preferably at fuel pumps, can remain open in order to facilitate transportation of farm produce.
Besides this, the government added that the tea industry, including plantations can function with maximum of 50 per cent workers.
The MHA has underlined that the head of the organization/establishment will ensure the practice of social distancing norms and proper hygiene.
The government has directed the district authorities to ensure strict enforcement of the orders.