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Odisha government Extends Lockdown Till May 17 with fresh guidelines

Bhubaneswar: 3/5/20:Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent extension of lockdown orders, the Odisha government today allowed industrial activities and construction activities in red zones with conditions.

While extending the lockdown and issuing fresh guidelines after the Centre’s extension of COVID-19 lockdown till May 17, the State government today said manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates are allowed to function in the red zones except the containment zones.

Production units which require continuous process and their supply chain, manufacturing of IT hardware and manufacturing of packaging material are also permitted.

The government said all industrial activities are permitted in rural areas.

Only in-situ construction where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside the urban limits and construction of renewable energy projects are permitted, the government order said.

All construction activities are permitted in rural areas.

Shops selling essential goods in markets and market complexes are permitted. Similarly all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open in urban areas without any distinction of essential and non-essential items.

However, all shops in rural areas except in malls are permitted to remain open.

The order further said cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws are not permitted in the red zone. Taxis and cab aggregators are also prohibited in the area. This apart, inter-district and intra-district plying of buses are restricted.

In the red zone, four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the vehicle driver. For two wheelers, pillion rider is not allowed.

Transport aggregators like OLA, UBER are permitted by Commerce & Transport (Transport) Department for transportation of medical personnel/ patients to and from hospitals, the order said.

Similarly, inter-district and intra-district plying of buses are prohibited in orange zone outside containment zone.

But, taxis and cab aggregators with one driver and two passengers are permitted in the orange zone. Inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles, only for permitted activities. Four wheeler vehicles will have maximum two passengers besides the driver.

inter-district and intra-district plying of buses are prohibited in green zone as well.

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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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