Punjab curfew: Amarinder asks DCs to deliver essentials at door

Punjab curfew: Amarinder asks DCs to deliver essentials at door

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Chandigarh, Mar 24: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday asked all Deputy Commissioners to ensure door-to-door delivery of essential commodities, such as groceries, milk, fruits and vegetables in curfew-bound state.

Cart vendors will be designated to deliver milk, bread, biscuits, eggs to homes every morning by SDM or Sector (Ilaka) Magistrate, as part of the curfew management system, the CM said.

The DCs will disseminate the phone numbers for home delivery and also give permission, where needed, for temporarily going out for medical aid or essentials.

It has been decided to allow shops selling essential items to open on rotation in a particular area, the CM said and added that he had directed the officials to ensure that people do not flock at shops in large numbers when curfew is relaxed.

Capt Amarinder informed that of the over 94,000 NRIs and foreign returnees, most had been tracked and around 30,000 placed under isolation.

All-out efforts were being made to trace the remaining, he said, adding that constant monitoring was in progress to keep check on any new entrants.

Strict action was being taken, with prosecution under Section 188 IPC, against those found violating the curfew, said the Chief Minister, warning that a close watch was being kept on the 48,000 persons under home quarantine to prevent them from moving out under any circumstances. (UNI)