Chandigarh, Apr 19: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Sunday ruled out any relaxation in the curfew in the state, except as needed to ensure COVID-19 free procurement of wheat, till May three, when he will again review the situation.
He ordered strict enforcement of the curfew in all districts by the DCs, with no relaxation or concessions whatsoever even during the Ramzan period beginning this week. The Chief Minister also made it clear that no special curfew passes should be issued to the people on account of Ramzan. He directed the DCs to take firm steps to ensure that there is no crowding at the grocery and other shops selling essentials at this time, and all norms of social distancing are strictly adhered to.
Amarinder took the decision after reviewing the current situation with senior officers from the administration and police department. The decision assumes significance in the backdrop of various relaxations given by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for non-containment zones in the country, effective April 20.
However, taking into consideration the ground situation, the Chief Minister is of the firm view that there should be no relaxation, except already announced by his government with respect to harvesting and procurement operations, as well as those relating to operations of certain industries/brick kilns and construction activity, which are housing migrant labourers or have them on-site, according to an official spokesperson. MORE (UNI)