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Rajasthan: Relaxations in lockdown restrictions likely in some districts from June 1

May 24, 2021, 3:38 pm

deserated tonk road

Tonk Road in Jaipur wears a deserted look during lockdown.

Jaipur: The Rajasthan government is planning to ease lockdown restrictions in districts where the Covid-19 infection rate has come down significantly. Shops and offices in some sections are likely to be allowed to operate from June 1.

The home department is likely to issue a separate notification in this regard. Currently, the lockdown restrictions are in effect across the state till June 8. Except for certain types of shops including dairy and those selling grocery, fruits, and vegetables, businesses are not allowed to operate. There is a ban on weddings as well.

These restrictions have been in effect since April 17. Chief minister Ashok Gehlot may take a call on this soon as the association of traders has demanded that the markets should be allowed to partially open as the extended lockdown period has dealt a heavy blow to shop owners and traders.  Many businessmen who have loans are struggling to make loan instalment and rental payments for their commercial establishments.

Some districts including Jalore, Pratapgarh, Dholpur, Banswara have fewer than 1,000 active cases. The recovery rate is also improving. In these areas where the infection rate has come down significantly, the government is planning to relax lockdown restrictions and allow more businesses to open.

Sources said that MNREGA works in rural areas is likely to resume. Rural Development Department will issue a separate guideline for this.

First published: May 24, 2021