Photo : MMPShillong, March 24, 2020 (MMP): Meghalaya for the first time witnessed pin drop silence till 8.00 a.m. today due to imposition of “Lock Down” by the state Government. The cloudy weather coupled with sunshine playing hide and seek, is a fond reminder of the 21st January, 1972, when the abode of cloud “Meghalaya” attained full statehood. On that day, while a sea of people were anxiously waiting for the announcement of the new statehood by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at a function held at Polo Ground in Shillong, the rest of the state witnessed a complete deserted similar today’s morning. The entire state woke up to the sound of silence with no plying of vehicles and industrial noise pollution, except the crowing of cocks and chirping of birds. It all happened due to state Government’s “Lock Down”, which restricted the movement of people in an effort to contain the spread of Corona-virus in the state. The state Government has imposed the “Lock Down” in the entire state today, the 24th and 25th of this month and to be continue on the 27th, 28th and 29th of this month, so that the people stay indoors. The workers in the organized sectors will be compensated by the employers for the days that they do not work during “Lock Down”. The Class-XII examination conducted by Meghalaya Board of School Education has also been indefinitely postponed by the state Government. However, few people engaged in essential duties were seen going to their place of work only after 9.00 a.m. The entire city of Shillong bore a deserted look. Iewduh, the biggest single market in the North Eastern Region, where all the goods can be purchased from one place has become of a free environ for rats and cats searching for scarce food.
Meghalaya Chief Secretary convenes meeting with doctors of private hospitals of Shillong
Meghalaya Chief Secretary, MS Rao today convened a meeting with the doctors of private hospitals of Shillong city to discuss about the spread of COVID-19. Speaking to media persons after the meeting, MS Rao said that discussions were held on how to contain the virus and important suggestions were also received fror different doctors. He also said that the defence forces in the state have assured of extending full cooperation to the state in case of any eventuality. Asking people to practise social distancing, he added that the Government would now aggressively create awareness on how people should quarantine themselves.
East Khasi Hills Directorate of Dairy Development exempted from Section-144 Cr. PC
The District Magistrate, East Khasi Hills District in a notification issued on 24th March, 2020 has informed that the Directorate of Dairy Development, Government of Meghalaya is exempted from the purview of the Prohibitory Order under Section 144 CrPC issued earlier for the period falling between 10:00 P.M. of 23rd March, 2020 to 5:00 A.M. of 26th March, 2020.It may be mentioned here that the prohibitory order issued recently under Section 144 Cr.PC is not applicable to the security forces and medical teams on duty, pharmacies and all essential services including Health Services, MeECL, Public Health Engineering, Public Works Department, Police and Armed Forces, Fire and Emergency Services, Food and Civil Supplies Department, Shillong Municipal Board, Telecom, Telegraph & IT Services, Banks and ATMs, Movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities, security forces, delivery of LPG Cylinders, Online delivery Services, Courier Services, online food take-out, medical equipments and goods vehicles including print and electronic media are also exempted.
Persons with travel history can inform Deputy Commissioner
In view of the prevailing situation concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) globally and in the country, the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills District has informed the general public that persons with travel history can inform the Office of the Deputy Commissioner of their travel details.This can be done by calling 108 Helpline or Deputy Commissioner’s Office Control Room at 0364-2502094/2225289 or by registering their names through online registration system created by the Government at http://meghalayaonline.gov.in/covid.
Banks customers to avoid visiting banking premises unless there is
extreme necessity like cash withdrawal
In view of the prevailing situation in the country and globally, the District Magistrate, Ri Bhoi District has requested all customers of different banks to avoid visiting banking premises unless there is extreme necessity like cash withdrawal, deposit and remittances. During this period, all the customers are advised to use digital banking platforms like internet banking, mobile wallet, ATMs etc. for the basic banking needs to maintain social distancing. This order is being issued for the safety of the inhabitants/citizens of Ri Bhoi District.
Section 144 CrPC imposed
The District Magistrate, Ri Bhoi District, Nongpoh in exercise of the power conferred upon under Section 144 CrPC and read with Regulation 3 of the Meghalaya Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulation 2020, has prohibited the operation of all markets (including weekly markets), commercial and financial establishments in Ri Bhoi District but shall not apply to shops/go-downs/establishments which are dealing with essential items and services including pharmacies, grocery shops, vegetable and fruit vendors, meat and fish vendors, shops selling rice, pulses, wheat, grams, millet, toiletries, take away food outlets, LPG cylinder outlets and deliveries, petrol pumps, banks and ATMs. The shops/stalls/go-downs/establishments will have to strictly follow social distancing measures.Assembly or gathering of five or more persons in public areas, premises, commercial or residential localities beyond the individual household is also prohibited.This order comes into force with effect from 23rd March 2020 and shall remain in force till 31st March 2020.
The Director of Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs, Meghalaya has issued a Notification informing that the retails prices of Melt Blown non-Woven Fabric used in manufacturing masks (2 ply and 3 ply), shall not be more than the prices prevailing on the day one month prior to 13/03/2020, i.e, the prices prevailing on 12/02/2020. The Retail Prices of Masks (3ply Surgical Mask), shall not to be more than the prices prevailing on the day one month prior to 13/03/2020, i.e as on 12/02/2020 or not more than Rs 10/- per piece whichever is lower and that of Mask (2ply) shall not be more that Rs 8 per piece.
The Retail Prices of Hand Sanitizers shall not be more than Rs 100/- per Bottle of 200 ML, the prices of other quantities of Hand Sanitizers shall be fixed in the proportion of these prices. This Notification shall remain in force for a period upto 30th June, 2020. Any overcharging of the above items may be complained in writing immediately to the respective Deputy Commissioners/ Sub-Divisional Officers or through Toll Free Number -1967, so that strict action and further action may be taken. MMP