Current Affairs - March, 2020

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Lock Down: Agriculture and allied activities exempted

On March 28, 2020, the Union Agriculture Minister announced that agriculture and farming related activities have been exempted from Lock Down. This was introduced in the second addendum introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Highlights

Under the second addendum issued by the Home Ministry towards the lock down, the following categories have been exempted

  • The ‘Mandis’ operated by the APMC (Agriculture Produce Market Committee)
  • The agencies or enterprises that are involved in procurement of agricultural products. This includes the Minimum Support Price operations as well
  • Packaging and Manufacturing units of fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Movement of machineries involved in harvesting and sowing. The movements within the states and between the states have been exempted from the lock down.

Significance

The move has been brought in to facilitate unhindered activities related to farming and agriculture. Also, this will also ensure supply of essential commodities to common people during the lock down.

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Home Ministry changes rules: State Disaster Relief Funds to be used for migrant workers

On March 28, 2020, the Ministry of Home Affairs introduced new rules under the State Disaster Response Fund. Under the rules, the funds are to be used to facilitate availability of temporary accommodation and food for the migrant workers.

So far 900 have been infected with COVID-19 in India, 21 have died and 80 have recovered.

Around 80% of India’s work force is employed in informal sector and one-third are working as casual labours. They are the most vulnerable to the spread of the virus. Migrants have flooded the yamuna expressway to return to their home towns.

Kolar Mines

Over 1,3000 migrants that attempted to return to Andhra Pradesh from Kola mines have been stopped and quarantined in Kolar district. The Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh state governments are working to facilitate precautionary measures to make sure none of them are infected with COVID-19.

Odisha

The Odisha Government has set up 36 temporary camps to provide shelter and food to the workers migrating from states. They are migrating from West Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh.

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