The Home Ministry has issued fresh orders, exempting the fishing industry and the aquaculture industry from lockdown measures.
The order was communicated to all Central Ministries, Departments, States and Union Territories for implementation.
The exemptions include fishing, marine aquaculture industry operations, including feeding, maintenance, harvesting, processing, packaging, cold chain, sale and marketing activities, commercial aquaria, movement of shrimp and fish products, fish seed feed and workers for these activities.
The home ministry, which is supervising the shutdown, however, said social distancing and proper hygiene practices must be ensured in all these activities. It has made the heads of the organisations and establishments responsible for ensuring compliance.
Keeping in view festivals in April, the MHA has directed all States/Union Territories to ensure strict compliance of lockdown measures and not allow any social/religious gatherings/processions.
Two specific clauses of the consolidated guidelines state that all religious congregations will be barred without exceptions.
It also directed state and UTs to strictly monitor social media for prevention of circulation of any objectionable and fake content. The ministry cautioned that any violation of the lockdown measures will attract action under relevant penal provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Indian Penal Code.
The Ministry has however said all essential services like hospitals, media, vendors of fruits and vegetables, etc will be exempted from the lockdown.