GUWAHATI: Nagaland government while issuing a slight modification to the lockdown has informed that grocery shops, bakeries, vegetable vendors, pharmacies as well as shops selling essential commodities are permitted to open only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Only one member of each family will be allowed to venture out.
Only pharmacies will also stay open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Movement of vehicles will be restricted.
Modi had said that a graded plan to slowly open departments should be made where hotspots do not exist.
Addressing a meeting of the Council of Ministers, PM Modi indicated that a graded opening up of the lockdown will be initiated.
“He noted that a graded plan to slowly open departments where hotspots aren’t existing should be made, adding that the crisis offers an opportunity to become self-dependent in the medical sector,” said a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).
The three-week lockdown announced by the Prime Minister ends on April 14.
About the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, the Prime Minister said that the government must work on war-footing to mitigate the impact, adding that the Ministries should prepare a ‘Business Continuity Plan’.
Stating that lockdown measures and social distancing must go hand in hand, the Prime Minister said that it is essential to strategise for the emergent conditions once lockdown ends.
Indicating preparation for a post-lockdown period, he asked the Ministers to prepare a list of ten major decisions and ten priority areas of focus once lockdown ends, while exhorting them to identify and implement pending reforms in their Ministries.
PM Modi also indicated in his address that India from now will have to build more indigenous capability and capacity. While mentioning that due to the emergent challenges, the country needs to lessen its dependence on other nations, he asked all departments to maintain an objective index on how their work will promote ‘Make in India’.
It is also important to ensure there is no crowding at PDS centres, maintain effective monitoring, take action on complaints and prevent black marketing and rise in prices of essentials, he said.