Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday ordered the concerned departments to take all the possible steps to ensure supply of essential commodities and services at the doorstep of the people across the state so that the people do not suffer in view of the statewide curfew imposed in the light of the coronavirus crisis.
A spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that on the directions of Captain Amarinder, the ACS Home has issued detailed guidelines to all the Administrative Secretaries, Heads of Departments, Divisional Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners, Range IGPs/CP/DIGs/SSPs, etc to ensure strict compliance of these orders.
The guidelines clarify that to ensure sufficient and continuous supply of essential, commodities and services, the concerned establishments, including retail, wholesale, mandi warehousing and manufacturing, must be kept open only for home delivery. The supply of all foods and beverages, including fresh foods, fruits, vegetable eggs, poultry, meats, etc., eateries, bakeries, food preparation, general stores, groceries, karyanas, pansaris etc., E-commerce, digital delivery, home delivery etc., LPG, Coal, Firewood and other fuels, would be ensured to the people in a seamless manner.
Meanwhile, the establishments of retail, wholesale, warehousing, manufacturing, etc. of medicines shall also remain open, besides chemists, doctors, hospitals (including OPDs), drug de-addiction centres, rehabilitation centres, nursing homes, AYUSH practitioners, diagnostic laboratories etc, as per the guidelines.
Besides, animal feed, poultry feed, veterinary medicines, veterinary hospitals, milk plants etc would remain functional. Similarly, seeds, pesticides, Insecticides, fertilizers, agriculture supplies, agriculture implements, harvester combines etc would also be made available amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Likewise, all the Banks, ATMs, Cash Vans, Cash delivery, payment of wages by employers to workers shall not be interrupted, and supply of packaging, packing material, plastic bags, etc would also continue, as per the detailed guidelines. The supply of Petroleum products would be made available and petrol pumps would also remain open.