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Decision on more stringent lockdown in Rajasthan today; Cabinet committee to submit report

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May 6, 2021, 4:46 pm

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Jaipur: The Rajasthan government may impose a more stringent lockdown in the state to contain the spread of Covid-19 with hospitals facing an acute shortage of resources including medicines and oxygen. The government is likely to ban weddings and other types of gathering completely over the next nine days. A committee of five cabinet ministers will submit the report to chief minister Ashok Gehlot in this regard in a few hours.

Sources said that except for emergency services, no commercial activities will be allowed. Most exceptions that are currently being provided to certain types of businesses may be withdrawn. The government is also likely to ban wedding functions and other types of public gatherings. Currently, there is a cap on the number of guests allowed to attend a wedding function. Akshaya Tritiya is around the corner and the government fears that the day, considered auspicious for weddings, might deal a heavy blow to the ongoing efforts of breaking the chain of infection.

UDH minister Shanti Dhariwal, PWD minister BD Kalla, Medical and Health minister Raghu Sharma, Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasara, and Minister of State for Medical and Health Subhash Garg are in the committee.

Sources said the committee would submit its report to the chief minister after a meeting scheduled to take place at 7.30 pm.

In a series of tweets, chief minister Gehlot also hinted at the possibility of a well-planned lockdown.

First published: May 6, 2021