Coronavirus update: Centre expands the list of allowed items after April 20 Amid Lockdown


The centre has made new additions to the list of activities that will be allowed amid lockdown in parts of the country that are least affected by coronavirus, after April 20.

Post the update, Non-banking finance corporations and micro-finance institutions will now be marked as essential services that can resume. Coconut, spice bamboo, areca nut and cocoa plantations, and forest produce done by scheduled tribes is also a part of the list now.

Besides, construction in rural areas of water supply and sanitation and laying of power lines and telecom optical fibres and cables are now allowed, as per the notification put out by the home ministry.

Yesterday, the centre said mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators, laptops, clothes and stationery items for schoolchildren can be sold on e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal, are now added with essential commodities like groceries and medicines.

Delivery vans of the e-commerce companies would, however, need adhere to the guidelines issued authorities to operate on roads.

The centre has also issued guidelines for the resumption of industrial and commercial activities after Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3 to put a check the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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