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Nagaland peaceful on day-1 of national lockdown

Nagaland peaceful on day-1 of national lockdown
State capital Kohima wears a deserted look as India enters day-one of total lockdown on Wednesday.
NEW DELHI/DIMAPUR, MAR 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/25/2020 12:15:03 PM IST

India on Wednesday went into a full 21-day lockdown in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus amid unprecedented nationwide restrictions that saw anxious people making a beeline for grocery stores and hundreds being detained by police for violating prohibitory orders.

Despite authorities asking people not to step out and assuring that essential supplies will not be affected, people rushed out to stock daily provisions. Many said they have been forced to step out as home deliveries have almost stopped.

Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said the government is monitoring the availability of essential commodities in the market.

Paswan warned manufacturers and traders against profiteering during the lockdown period.

The Centre is also in touch with the state governments to ensure there is no shortage of essential commodities, he said.

In Nagaland, streets wore a deserted look on the first day of the nationwide lockdown. Police personnel were deployed at various junctions in the state capital and Dimapur to enforce the lockdown. However, barring those who were buying essential commodities, people remained indoors and vehicles were off the roads.

In Dimapur, the indefinite prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were promulgated effective March 23 from 6 a.m. In some areas, youth volunteers blocked roads and were monitoring movements. When asked, a volunteer claimed that they were requested by the district administration to assist them to ensure that people remained indoors.

Centre directs states: Amid reports of panic purchase of essential commodities, the Union Home Ministry asked state governments to check the spread of rumours about shortage of food items.

In a communication to chief secretaries and DGPs of all states, the ministry asked them to take action to allay apprehensions and maintain peace and tranquillity, and inform people about the availability of food, medicine and other essential commodities.

The ministry said while it was imperative to successfully implement the notified lockdown/restrictions, it was also necessary to ensure the unhindered operations of manufacturing, processing, transportation, distribution, storage, trade/commerce and logistics related to all services/establishments and commodities required for the delivery of essential services, which have been exempted under the various prohibitory orders.

“In order to ensure that these provisions are seamlessly available at ground level it would be necessary for each State/UT to set-up a 24x7 control room/office with helplines (at state/ district level) to address any grievance or undue problems faced by the providers of goods/ services including during inter-state movement,” the communication said.

The ministry said a nodal officer may be appointed in a state to coordinate with the district administration/police in this matter.

The Centre also banned export of anti-malarial drug hydroxycloroquine with immediate effect to ensure sufficient availability of the medicine in the domestic market.

 

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