Ranchi, May 18: The state government has decided to resume industrial activities, construction work and reopen liquor shops in Jharkhand during lockdown 4.0. Chief Minister Hemant Soren today said that following the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs for implementation of lockdown 4.0, the state government has come up with its decisions to move forward. The Chief Minister said, “The migrant workers are coming back to the state and simultaneously, the coronavirus numbers are fluctuating in Jharkhand. Thus looking ahead, there is this urgency to create jobs and bolster economics activities and these decisions adopted are to meet those ends.”
The state government has decided to commence industrial activities irrespective of access control. Construction work has been also been given the nod.
Earlier, a high profile meeting of state officials took place throughout the day today at the Project Bhawan in which decisions to relax norms in the industrial and business sectors in Jharkhand were taken. This meeting was in pursuance to the central government offering options to the states to devise relaxations as per the prevailing status of COVID-19 in individual states.
The meeting decided on several relief and relaxation during the implementation of lockdown 4.0 that is to continue till May 31. Industrial activities are to commence in all industrial areas in the state but they should be out of the containment zones. Similarly, construction work, hardware stores, godowns, shops dealing in goods related to construction, book stores, stationary shops and retail outlets of telecom companies will start functioning. In addition private offices, e-commerce for supply of essential and nonessential orders and wine shops will also reopen. Car rental services for travel within and outside the state have been allowed to resume business. In addition, all other relaxations allowed earlier will continue to remain in place.
However, these relaxations will come into effect in non municipal corporation areas only. Service centres for mobile phones, watches, electronic goods like TV and those related to IT will be allowed to resume services. Service centres for computers, refrigerators, ACs and coolers will become operative outside the municipal corporation command areas.
Cloth shops, saloons, spas, autorickshaws, bus services and shoe stores will not be allowed to resume business till further notification.