In News: Yesterday, the Rajasthan government announced a Jan Anushasan Pakhwara (JAP), or Public Discipline Fortnight, which will last until Monday, May 3, 2021.
Rajasthan’s Jan Anushasan Pakhwara
- The decision was made on a day when the state’s new cases surpassed 10,000 for the first time since the Covid 19 pandemic started.
- As of Sunday, there were 67,135 active cases, with 42 deaths – the largest number yet – bringing the official death toll to 3,151.
- The JAP is effectively an extension of the weekend curfew imposed by the Rajasthan government (6 p.m. on April 16 to 5 a.m. on April 19).
- The government, on the other hand, has not called it a lockout or a curfew, owing to the ambiguous meanings associated with both in the past.
So, what are the rules for the next two weeks?
Employees of the government
- Employees of the state and federal governments will be required to carry identification cards.
- Apart from the government, all private clinics, laboratories, and related personnel such as physicians, nurses, paramedics, and other health facilities are included in the health sector.
- Pregnant women and patients for consultation.
- People over the age of 45 who have already registered for vaccination will be allowed to go out for vaccination, but will be required to show their registration form and ID card.
- Drug stores and shops selling medical equipment.
- Food wholesalers and retailers, such as kirana stores and mandis, as well as fruit and vegetable markets, dairy markets, and fodder markets. These will be allowed to stay open until 5 p.m. Fruit and vegetable vendors will be permitted to sell until 7 p.m. on pull carts, bikes, rickshaws, autos, and mobile vans.
- Ration stores will be open as usual.
- Farmers would be able to go to mandis to sell their crops. Farmers, on the other hand, would be required to “verify” their products and produce a receipt of sale, according to the government.
Industries, finance, and transportation are all involved.
- All manufacturing and construction-related units would be allowed to operate with the aim of “preventing migrant movement.” To ensure smooth travel to and from their workplace, the concerned units would have to issue approved passes to their employees.
- Facilities for cold storage and warehousing
- Those in the telecommunications, internet, mail, courier, radio, and cable industries, as well as IT and IT-enabled networks.
- Banks, ATMs, and insurance offices will continue to operate as normal.
- Those connected to SEBI/stocks will be allowed to enter with an ID card.
- Many travelling by bus, train, subway, or aeroplane may use their tickets to pass around. Those entering the state would need to show proof of a negative RT-PCR test that was performed within 72 hours of their departure.
- Individuals engaged in interstate and intrastate goods transportation, including those who load and unload goods
- Dhabas and auto repair shops will be allowed to open along national and state highways.
- Between the hours of 4 a.m. and 8 a.m., newspaper vendors will be authorised to sell newspapers.
- Journalists and other members of the media would be allowed to enter with their ID cards.
- Weddings and last rites will continue to be permitted, as per orders given on April 14, with weddings allowing up to 50 guests and last rites allowing up to 20.
- Candidates will be allowed to take competitive exams that have already been announced.
- E-commerce facilities for the distribution of vital goods such as food, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment.