The Government of Karnataka has decided to allow a few relaxations during the lockdown in certain green zones of the state. The move has been directed to improve the economic activity in the state.
Chief Secretary T.M. Vijay Bhaskar said:
“In accordance with the central government’s guidelines on relaxing lockdown gradually, we have decided to allow more businesses to reopen in green zones from Friday for the benefit of all.”
A few days ago, the Government had allowed construction activities and even permitted certain IT sectors to function at a minimal workforce. From Friday, more businesses have been allowed to open.
More businesses allowed from Friday
Mobile re-charge outlets, shops selling stationery, and textbooks, and electrical goods like fans are permitted to resume business.
A notification said:
“Fresh fruit juices outlets and ice-cream parlors are also allowed to reopen but only for takeaways and not for consumption. All shops have to maintain a social or physical distance of customers.”
Non-banking financial companies (NBFCs), including housing finance companies and microfinance institutions, can operate with limited staff.
Growers of commodity plantations like Bamboo and Coconut have been allowed to hire local workers and proceed with the related activities. The notification also talked about construction and other independent activities:
“Construction activities in urban and rural areas where workers are available on site can be resumed for water supply, sanitation, and as also for laying and erection of power transmission lines and laying of electrical optic fiber and cable.”
However, movement from district to district will be suspended, as it has been since the beginning of lockdown.
Source: Free Press Journal