Ministry of Home Affairs Current Affairs - 2020

Passenger Train services partially restored

On May 12, 2020, the Indian Railways partially begins passenger train services. Around 15 trains are to be operated. These trains are in addition to the “Shramik special trains” that are in service transporting migrant workers.

Highlights

Only confirmed ticket holders will be allowed to board the train. The passengers should observe social distancing throughout their journey. They have to reach the station at least 90 minutes in advance and undergo thermal screening. Only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to travel. The trains will have only first, second and third AC coaches. No Linen will be provided in the AC coaches. Also, the travelers have to carry their own food.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has provided guidelines to transport the passengers.

Shramik Trains

The Shramik Trains are those trains that carried the migrant workers. So far, the Indian Railways has operated 366 Shramik trains transporting 400,000 migrants. Initially, the GoI allowed only 1200 persons to travel in a train. The number has now been increased to 1700.

Third Phase of Lock Down begins

On May 4, 2020, the third phase of Lock down begun all over India. The Ministry of Home Affairs had issued relaxations in lower risk districts.

What is prohibited all over India?

Under Lock Down 3.0, travel by road is prohibited all over India. The Educational institutes, schools, training institutes are to remain closed all over the country. The hospitality sector that includes restaurants and hotels are to remain closed. Public, political or religious gatherings are prohibited. Movement of people between 7 pm and 7 am for non-essential activities are prohibited.

What is prohibited in Red Zone?

Inside containment zones, all activities except supply of essential commodities is prohibited in lock down 3.0. Even OPDs and medical clinics are to remain closed in these regions

What is allowed in red zone?

Urban Areas

The Lock Down 3.0 allows movement of people and vehicles. The other activities that are included in the red zone includes

  • Manufacturing of essential drugs and medical supplies.
  • Manufacturing of IT hardware and jute industry.
  • Private offices can run with a strength of 33%
  • Government offices, emergency, sanitation, health and security services.
  • E-Commerce activities of essential goods

Rural Areas

  • Agricultural, plantation and animal husbandry activities
  • Industrial and Construction activities
  • Financial sectors
  • Warehouses, public utilities, postal services and courier services.

Orange Zone

In Orange Zone, inter and intra district buses that are permitted by Ministry of Home Affairs will begin their services.

Green Zone

All activities are allowed in green zone. The buses in green zones shall operate with 50% capacity.