To ensure that the people could purchase the essential commodities, the state government had yesterday decided to give six hours relaxation in curfew by maintaining proper social distancing, but it was felt that the people are misusing this relaxation and coming out un-necessarily thereby defeating the purpose of curfew. Now, the state government has decided to give three hours relaxation daily in the curfew so that people could purchase essential commodities nearer to their homes. This was disclosed by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in a video conferencing meeting with the Deputy Commissioners of the state from Shimla today.
Thakur said that Deputy Commissioners would be authorised to fix the relaxation time as per their suitability and requirements of the respective district. He asked the Deputy Commissioners that endeavours should be made on home delivery of essential commodities so that people don’t come out from their homes for getting daily needs items besides ensuring proper distancing between person to person. He said that DCs must evolve some mechanism particularly in urban areas by roping in big chains like mega mart, big bazaar and other whole sellers to ensure home delivery. He said that in rural areas Panchayati Raj Institutions could be involved to provide delivery of essential commodities to the people nearer to their localities. He also urged the volunteers to come forward in providing home delivery of essential items to the people.