Amid surge in COVID-19 cases in Assam, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), on Wednesday, May 12, had issued an order on curfew and odd-even rule for vehicles. However, in continuation
of the order issued vide No. ASDMA.24/2020/Pt-2/241 on May 12, the ASDMA issued fresh guidelines again on Thursday, May 13, listing clarification of categories of persons that are exempted from the curfew and odd-even vehicular regulation.
Following are the categories of persons that are exempted from the purview of restriction during the curfew and odd-even vehicular regulation:
All officials and persons, both government and private involved in emergency services such as Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments. Which includes the following:
Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defence, Fire and emergency services, District Administration, Pay and Account Office, Electricity, Water and Sanitation, Public transport (Air/railways/buses) including all incidental services or activities that are essential for the smooth functioning of all modes of public transport (such as handling of cargo ticketing, air freight station, CFS, ICD, etc), Disaster Management and related services, IMD, CWC, Water Resources Department, PHE, NIC, NCC and Municipal services and all other essential services on production of valid ID card.
The uninterrupted delivery of public services shall also be ensured by the concerned departments/agencies.
All judicial officers/officials of court of Assam are exempted from the restrictions but valid ID cards have to be carried by them.
All private medical personnel such as doctors, nursing staff, etc. and other medical services such as hospitals, diagnostic centres, clinics , pharmacies, etc. are also free from the restrictions.
Pregnant women and patients are allowed for getting medical/health services.
People coming/going to Railway Stations/Airports/ISBTs are allowed to travel only with valid production of tickets.
Officers/Officials related to functioning of offices of Diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post are free from the restrictions. But they need to have a valid ID card with them.
Electronic and Print Media are also exempted from the restrictions but have to produce valid ID cards.
There shall be no restrictions on inter-state and inter-state movement/ transportation of essentials/Non-essential goods. No separate permission or e-pass will be required for such movements.
Following are the essential services/commodities that shall be allowed for the movement of persons related to commercial and private establishments:
Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits and vegetables, dairy milk booths, meat, fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, medicines and medical equipment.
Banks, insurance offices and ATMs.
Telecommunications, internet services, broadcasting and cable services, IT and IT enabled services.
Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce.
Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG , petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
Cold storage and warehousing services.
Private security services.
Manufacturing units of essential commodities.
Production units or services, which require continuous process.
Persons who are going for COVID-19 vaccination are also free from restrictions.
All the officials/persons entrusted with election related work either by government authorities or private enterprises or by the authorities of any political party are free from restrictions. But they have to show a proper ID card/appointment order/ engagement letter/work order.
All employees/persons involved in operations related to forestry under the Environment and Forest department are free from restrictions but have to show a valid ID card.
Organizations involved in humanitarian/philanthropic work, such as supply of cooked food for the COVID-19 patients, feeding of stray animals, need to get prior permission from the jurisdictional DC.
In order to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus in the state , the existing restrictions in the state for all districts have started from Thursday, May 13, and will continue until further orders.