COVID-19: Meghalaya govt allows certain activities to operate

SHILLONG, Apr 23: Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong has informed that shops dealing in essential goods, courier services for essential goods, E-Commerce operations in essential goods and Common Service Centres are permitted to open in the State except in Shillong Urban Agglomeration and Mylliem Block of East Khasi Hills district. 

The Deputy Chief Minister said that services provided by self-employed persons like electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters and shops for repair of trucks on highways, hardware stores for providing items like CGI Sheets, cement etc, that are used for construction including transportation of the same and electrical shops are also allowed to operate.

The order also stated that industries, industrial establishments both government and private such as food processing industries in rural areas outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities including rice mills and mustard oil processing, brick kilns in rural areas i.e., outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities are allowed to function.                      

All agriculture and allied sectors activities like farming operations including livestock farming, poultry, fishery and hatcheries, collection, processing and distribution of milk and milk products, mandis by APMC, procurement and marketing of agricultural produce, Custom Hiring Centers, cold storage and warehouses are permitted.

“Manufacturing, packaging and distribution of agriculture inputs, seed, animal feed and fodder, movement of harvesting and sowing related machines and implements besides operation of Tea industry including plantations with maximum 50 percent of workforce for production, processing, packaging and marketing are also permitted,” he said. 

However, the Deputy Chief Minister, also informed that Shillong agglomeration and Mylliem Community and Rural Development Block only services provided by self employed persons like electrician, IT repairs, plumbing works, motor mechanic and carpenters have been allowed to resume their work. 

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