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Maharashtra government orders private offices to go for 'work from home'
Government of Maharashtra on March 17, 2020, ordered the
closure of private office spaces, religious shrines, and wedding functions for
the 15 days, after fresh cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were
reported. Those offices involved in essential services are exempted from the
Tamil Nadu opens self-report online portal
The Tamil Nadu Health Department has launched a web portal - http://stopcoronatn.in -- as a one-stop centre for all queries on coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Now, people with travel history and symptoms of COVID-19 can self-report on the portal following which the 24x7 control room will get in touch with them. Self-reporting/self-registration has also been made possible for the public. People can self-report on the portal using their mobile numbers with an OTP-enabled login.
Gurugram administration advices all corporate offices to allow their employees to ‘work from home’
Amid Covid-19 pandemic, by way of memo dated March 17, 2020, the District Magistrate of Haryana in compliance with The Haryana Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020" dated March 11, 2020 notified under EDA advising to all MNCs, IT Firms, Industries, BPO's, Corporate Offices in district Gurugram to allow its employees to work from home till March 31, 2020.
Delhi Government issues regulations on Coronavirus invoking provisions under EDA
In exercise of the powers conferred under Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 ("EDA") the
Government of Delhi has issued the Delhi Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19
Regulations, 2020 ("Delhi EDA Regulations") dated March 12,
2020 on the same lines as issued by other State Governments. However, one of
the distinctive feature in these regulations is that if the owner or
occupier(s) of any premises or any individual suspected/confirmed with
COVID-19, refuses to take measures for prevention or treatment i.e., home
quarantine/institutional quarantine/isolation or any such person refuses to
co-operate with, render assistance to or comply with the directions of the
surveillance personnel, the concerned District Magistrate having jurisdiction
and specifically authorized by the District Magistrate in this regard, may pass
an appropriate order and may proceed with proceedings under Section 133 of the Code
of Criminal Procedure, 1973 (2 of 1974) or take any other coercive action as
deemed necessary and expedient for enforcing such cooperation and assistance.
Uttar Pradesh Government issues regulations on Coronavirus invoking provisions under EDA
In exercise of the powers conferred under Sections 2, 3 and 4 of the
EDA, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has issued "The Uttar Pradesh
Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020" dated March 14, 2020 on the
same lines as issued by other State Governments.
Additional travel advisory for COVID-19
By way of additional
travel advisory dated March 19, 2020 (in addition to the consolidated travel
advisory issued on March 11, 2020 and March 17, 2020), MoHFW prohibited all scheduled
international commercial passenger aircraft to take off from any foreign
airport for any airport in India, after 0001 hrs. GMT of March 22, 2020 (*i.e.
0531 hrs. Indian Standard Time (IST) of March 22, 2020). These instructions
shall remain in force till 0001 hrs. GMT of March 29, 2020. A maximum travel
time of 20 hours is permissible for such commercial passenger aircraft to land
in India. Further, the advisory stipulates that no incoming scheduled
international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to disembark its
passengers *on Indian soil* (Foreigner or Indian) after 2001 hrs. GMT of March
22, 2020 (*i.e. 0131hrs IST of March 23, 2020).
Consolidated travel advisory for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
Pursuant to consolidated travel advisory dated March 11, 2020, Ministry of Health and Family Welfares ("MoHFW") suspended with effect from
1200 GMT on March 13, 2020, all existing visas (except diplomatic, official, UN/International
Organizations, employment, project visas) till April 15, 2020. Visa free travel
facility granted to OCI card holders was also kept in abeyance till April 15,
2020. OCI card holders already in India were allowed to stay in India as long
as they wanted. Visas of all foreigners already in India were allowed to remain
valid. In addition to visa restrictions already imposed, passengers traveling
from /having visited Italy or Republic of Korea and desirous of entering India
were required to procure certificate of having tested negative for COVID-19
from the designated laboratories. All incoming travellers, including Indian
nationals, arriving from or having visited China, Italy, Iran, Republic of
Korea, France, Spain and Germany after February 15, 2020 were required to be
quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days. Incoming travellers, including
Indian nationals, were advised to avoid non-essential travel and were informed
that they could be quarantined for a minimum period of 14 days on their arrival
in India. Furthermore, the advisory asked Indian citizens to refrain from
travel to China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain and Germany.
Incoming international passengers were required to self-monitor their health.
International traffic through land borders were restricted to designated check
posts with robust screening facilities. Further, all international passengers
entering into India were required to furnish duly filled self-declaration form
in duplicate to health officials.
Amendment of Employees' Pension Scheme, 1995 with respect to restoration to normal pension in cases of commutation
The Ministry of Labour and Employment vide circular no G.S.R.132 E has
amended Employees' Pension Scheme, 1995 whereby normal pension in respect of
those members who availed the benefit of commutation on or before the September
25, 2008 shall be restored after completion of fifteen years from the date of
such commutation. Accordingly, after paragraph 12 the paragraph 12B shall be
inserted namely "12B. Restoration to normal pension in cases of grant