Coronavirus: Rajasthan announces complete lockdown till March 31
Jaipur : In a late-night decision, the Rajasthan government has announced a complete lockdown of the state till March 31 to contain the spread of the virus in the state. Except for the emergency services, everything including government and private offices, malls, shops, factories and public transport in the state will remain closed during the lockdown.
The Rajasthan border with other states has also been sealed.
The emergency orders were announced by the CM Ashok Gehlot after a high-level meeting at his residence. Mr Gehlot said that it necessary for the people to 'remain indoors' to combat the coronavirus.
During the lockdown, more than 1 crore families covered in the National Food Security Act will get wheat for two months free of cost. Food packets will also be distributed free of cost to the street vendors, daily wage earners, poor people and needy families in the urban areas.
"No worker will be laid off from any factory during the lockdown. Labourers will be entitled to leaves with wages," he said.
In order to ensure that the pensioners do not face financial problems, the State government will disburse all social security pensions by the first week of April.
“The State government is with the people in this hour of crisis. Every possible step will be taken to protect the people and defeat the coronavirus,” Mr Gehlot said.