Port Blair, Apr 28 : As per Consolidated Revised Guidelines issued by MHA, select additional activities have been allowed in areas not demarcated as containment zones from April 20, these relaxations were extended to the Districts of North and Middle Andaman and District of Nicobar.
The entire district of South Andaman was exempted from these relaxations on account of being a hotspot with new active cases. Now considering that no positive case of COVID-19 has been reported till date from Rutland, Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and Little Andaman Islands of South Andaman District, Chief Secretary, A&N Administration Chetan B. Sanghi has ordered extension of this relaxation to these Islands from Tuesday.
“The permitted activities are aimed at ensuring that employment opportunities are created for daily wage earners and other members of the labour force,” an official communication from Andaman Administration said here today. As per details under this, transportation of goods will be permitted within the Island without any distinction of essential or non-essential. Farming operations, including procurement of agricultural products, agriculture marketing direct and decentralized marketing, manufacture, distribution and retail of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds; activities of marine and inland fisheries; animal husbandry activities, including the supply chain of milk, milk products, poultry and live-stock farming are allowed to be functional. Industries operating in rural areas, including food processing industries; construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and industrial projects in rural areas; works under MNREGA, with priority to irrigation and water conservation works; and operation of rural Common Service Centres (CSCs) have all been allowed.
Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control, industrial estates after implementation of SOP for social distancing and manufacture of essential goods and packaging are also allowed. “However, movement of people between these Islands and Port Blair or any Island of North and Middle Andaman or Nicobar districts will continue to be tightly regulated and only with explicit permission of the Health Dept. and the Deputy Commissioner,” the communication added. However, the Islanders of Andaman have been warned that all the above relaxations are subject to maintaining strict social distancing and personal hygiene protocols as given by the Health Department and any violation of this will invoke penal provisions as per the Disaster Management Act of 2005. (UNI)