Dispur, April 27: With a rapid rise of Covid 19 cases in Assam, the Assam government has declared a night curfew in all the districts of the state as an emergency measure for the safety of the people. The order has come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force till May 1, 2021. An exception has been made for essential and emergency activities/services.
Whereas, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has vided order No.ASDMA.28/2021/18 dated 26-04-2021 issued consolidated and revised guidelines for all districts for containment of COVID-19 pandemic in Assam and whereas, the situation of COVID-19 in Assam has been reviewed and it has been observed that there has been a rapid increase in the number of active cases of COVID-19 across the State and therefore, it is felt that night curfew needs to be imposed in all the districts of Assam, except for essential and emergency activities/services, as an emergency measure for the wellbeing and safety of the people.
Therefore in the exercise of the powers, conferred under Section 22(2) (h) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the undersigned, in his capacity as Chairperson, State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority. Assam government, hereby directs that there shall be a total ban on the movement of individuals during night curfew from 8.00 PM to 5.00 AM daily.
The notification states:
- Officials of Government of India/ Government of Assam, it’s autonomous/subordinate offices & Public Corporations involved in emergency services such as Health and Family Welfare and all related medical establishments, Police, Prisons, Home Guards, Civil Defense, Fire and emergency services, District Administration, Pay & Account Office, Electricity. Water and Sanitation, Public Transport (Air/Railways/Buses) including all incidental services/activities that are essential for smooth functioning of all modes of public transport (such as handling of cargo, ticketing, air freight station, CFS, ICD, etc.), Disaster Management and related services, NIC, NCC, and Municipal services, and all other essential services on the production of valid Identity cards. The uninterrupted delivery of public services shall be ensured by the concerned departments/agencies.
- All Judicial officers / officials of courts of Assam on the production of valid Identity cards.
- All private medical personnel such as doctors, nursing staff, paramedical staff, etc., and other hospital services (such as hospitals, diagnostic centers, clinics. pharmacies, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical & health services).
- Pregnant women and patients for getting medical /health services.
- Persons coming from/going to airports/ railway stations/ISBTS allowed to travel on the production of valid ticket.
- Officers/officials related to functioning of offices of Diplomats of various countries as well as persons holding any constitutional post on the production of a valid Identity card.
- Electronic and print Media on production of valid Identity cards.
- There shall be no restriction on inter-state and intra-state movement/transportation of essential / non-essential goods. No separate permission / e pass will be required for such movements.
Movement of persons related to commercial and private establishments providing the following essential services/commodities shall be allowed:
- Shops dealing with food, groceries, fruits & vegetables, dairy & milk booths, meat & fish, animal fodder, pharmaceuticals, medicines, and medical equipment.
- Banks, Insurance offices and ATMs.
- Telecommunications, Internet services, Broadcasting and Cable services, IT and IT-enabled services.
- Delivery of all essential goods including food, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment through e-commerce.
Petrol pumps, LPG, CNG, petroleum and gas retail and storage outlets.
- Power generation, transmission and distribution units and services.
- Cold storage and warehousing services.
- Private security services.
- Manufacturing units of essential commodities.
- Production units or services, which require a continuous process.
- Persons who are going for COVID-19 vaccination.
The guideline mentions how any a person violating these measures is liable to proceed against the Disaster Management Act and Legal action Act of IPC and other legal provisions as applicable.