New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Section 144 of the CrPC, which bars assembly four or more people, remains in place amid the 21-day pan-India lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

While people have been clearly instructed to stay indoors, they can step out in case of medical emergencies, or to shop for essential goods.

Meanwhile, the government has specified individuals related to essential services who are exempted from the restrictions imposed during the lockdown. However, they need to show certain documents at check points when out on road.

Those who don’t require any pass/written permission for movement:

  • Those going to nearby medical stores, grocery shops, milk booths or people visiting doctors. (Note: Not more than two persons allowed together).
  • Those engaged in animal husbandry, agricultural and fisheries activities

Those who need to carry ID cards provided by the employer/government:

  • Government officials involved in essential services
  • Officials related to healthcare services, nursers, para-medical staff
  • Workers associated with electricity, water, fire services and other public utilities and those dealing with petroleum, LPG and CNG
  • Employees of print and electronic media and newspaper delivery workers
  • Railway/airport/port personnel and vehicles involved in movement of cargo and essential commodities
  • Telecom and postal services officials and workers
  • Officials related to functioning of legislative assembly and Parliament

Those who need authorisation letters by employers and police approval

  • E-commerce of all essential goods including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment
  • Those involved in distribution of food items and groceries (vegetables, fruits, milk, bakery items, meat etc.)

The number of coronavirus cases climbed to 649 in India on Thursday and the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 13, with one death reported each from Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, according to the Health Ministry.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting in an emotional appeal "with folded hands" that unless India's 130 crore people practised social distancing, the country will lose the war against the coronavirus outbreak and slide back 21 years. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta