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India with a population of 1.3 billion is under lockdown which is the biggest and the boldest decision the world has ever seen and is now extended till May 3,2020. While the goal is to keep the countrymen safe from this pandemic, the announcement on April 14,2020 also came with some good news for the businesses. Relief measures are specially taken for the Logistics and Transportation industry which will ease out the economic burden on the sector.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced the guidelines regarding transportation/ loading and unloading of inter and intra state goods. These exemptions will be applicable from April 20,2020 and state governments will ensure that the necessary guidelines for taking precautions are being followed. The important points to be noted under these measures are as follows:
- Inter-state movement of goods/ cargo for inland and exports is allowed and resume fully functional operations.
- Movement of all trucks with 2 drivers and 1 helper is allowed which was earlier only 1 driver and 1 helper. This will help drivers to reach the stranded trucks and get help.
- Empty trucks are allowed to move after the delivery of goods or traveling for the purpose of loading goods.
- Shops for truck repairs and dhabas on the highways are allowed to open, maintaining the social distance as authorized by state authorities.
- Ecommerce company operations are allowed to resume and Vehicles used by e-commerce companies are allowed with the necessary permissions.
- Operations of railways, airport and seaports for cargo movement is allowed.
- Operations of Land ports for cross land border transportation of essential goods including petroleum products and LPG, food products and medical supplies.
- Cold storage and warehousing services at sea ports, airports, railway stations, container depots, individual units are allowed to open and resume services maintaining social distancing and necessary precautions.
- Infrastructure projects such as the construction of roads, buildings, irrigation projects including MSME in rural areas to resume.
However, the MHA has made it clear that these exceptions will be valid only in accordance with the strict compliance of the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. The MHA has advised all state governments and union territories to ensure the presence of standard operating procedure(SOP) of social distancing in offices, factories, establishments and workplaces while exempting them from the provisions of a harsh lockdown.
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