Ludhiana, March 31, 2020 (Yes Punjab News)
In view of the lockdown due to Novel Coronavirus in the district, the District Administration had issued movement passes to the residents so that they could take care of several services and works. Keeping in view to restrict the movement of people on the roads, the District Administration have decided to cancel all movement passes, except for emergency services, from April 1, 2020 onwards.
While providing information, District Magistrate-cum-Deputy Commissioner Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that all movement passes issued by District Food & Civil Supplies Controller, Secretary Regional Transport Authority, Chief Agriculture Officer, General Manager District Industries Centre, Zonal Licensing Authority (Drugs), Civil Surgeon, Deputy Director Animal Husbandry, Deputy Director (Dairy), District Mandi Officer, Municipal Corporation Ludhiana, Additional Commissioner Municipal Corporation Ludhiana would stay valid, while all other passes stand cancelled.
For getting new movement pass, one would have to apply again at http://epasscovid19.paid.net.in.
Mr Agrawal informed that the farmers would be able to sell their vegetables and fruits at sabzi Mandi located near Jalandhar Byepass Ludhiana from 1 pm to 7 pm on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
The venders (who are able to send the vegetables and fruits to different places on their own) would be able to purchase fruits and vegetables from 6 am to 10 am every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. It is compulsory for the venders to take a pass from District Mandi Officer. The entry of rehri/farhi owners, common man and stall owners would not be allowed into the Mandi. The sabzi Mandi would be sanitised every Sunday.
Mr Agrawal informed that in view of the lockdown, those people who are jobless, they should pack their bags and clothes and should intimate their nearest police station and should shift to the shelter homes. He said that they would be provided with food and other basic necessities there.
The Punjab government has sent ration packets for the migratory population that would be distributed shortly. For this purpose, the eligible families are being identified. He further said that this food packet and a LPG cylinder would be provided to every five persons and they have set a target of distributing 1 lakh food packets and 50,000 LPG cylinders.
Mr Pradeep Kumar Agrawal informed that on the directions of the Punjab government, curfew has been extended from April 1, 2020 to April 14, 2020 in district Ludhiana as well. He said that the exemptions related to essential services as mentioned in all earlier passed orders would continue in the district. He has also appealed to the residents to assist the District Administration during curfew. He said that people should remain indoors so that we all can contribute in checking the spread of COVID 19.