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Centre has exempted more services from restrictions under the 21-day countrywide lockdown

New Delhi:3/4/20: The Centre has exempted more services from restrictions under the 21-day countrywide lockdown enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. Services involved in direct marketing of agricultural produce, Anganwadi workers and AYUSH related health facilities are now listed as exempt from restrictions under lockdown.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla wrote to the state chief secretaries clarifying that people and logistics involved in the running of these services will be exempted on the lines of other essential services.

These services include distribution of food items and nutrition support by Anganwadi workers, once in 15 days, at the doorsteps of beneficiaries like children, women and lactating mothers.

Those involved in direct marketing of farm produce, with assistance from government authorities, hospital and related medical services under AYUSH and manufacturing and packaging of drugs under this category have also been exempted as per the latest directive. The Centre, however, said, social distancing and proper hygiene practices must be ensured.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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