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.