MHA Advises All States, UTs To Set Up Control Rooms To Help Providers Of Goods And Services During Lockdown

Mumbai: The Home Ministry on Wednesday directed all states and union territories to set up a twenty-four-hour control room to assist providers of goods and services during the 21-day lockdown announced by the Center to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The advisory issued by MHA on Tuesday to Chief Secretaries and police chiefs of all states and union territories states, “To ensure that these provisions are available at the ground level, it will be necessary for each state/union territory to have a 24/7 control with a helpline (at the state/district level) for any grievance or improper resolution. Room/office to be set up. Problems faced by providers of goods/services during the inter-state movement.”

The MHA consultant stated that a ‘Standard Operating Protocol’ (SOP) ‘may be necessary to ensure the smooth operation of essential services/establishments and commodities, including the appointment of nodal officers on inter-state borders, near vehicles or E pass etc. ”

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockout across the country from midnight to combat the spread of coronavirus, it is said that it is the only option to combat the disease, which spreads rapidly.

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi said that it is important to break the chain of disease and experts have said that it requires at least 21 days.

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