Moving in line with the rest of the nation and other parts of the world, the Tripura government Monday declared state-wide lockdown from Tuesday 2 PM till March 31 to contain the possible outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease. While informing this to the media Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “Government has imposed total restrictions on public transportation during the period of lockdown.”
He said, “Unnecessary movements and violation of already imposed Section 144 in Tripura shall be strictly monitored. Strict action shall be taken against the violators as per the Epidemic Disease Act.”
“Essential services like health, law enforcement, grocery shops, vegetable markets, postal services, telecom services, banks, and ATMs will remain functional during the lockdown,” adding to this the Chief Minister addressing a press conference here at the secretariat on Monday evening warned of legal and sternest action against black marketing practice in local markets across the state in the name of lockdown.
He said, “There will be no crisis during the entire lockdown period as the marker assessment has shown enough stock of food items in the local markets for an average of at least 25 days.”
“We will also propose the centre for enough stock of food items in the ration shops for at least 2 months,” adding to this Mr. Deb said, “The E-Public Distribution System (E-PDS) will remain functional as usual.”
He also warned of sternest action against the elected members in the bordering areas of the state if any Bangladesh nationals are found crossing the border to enter the Indian Territory amidst the ongoing border curfew which the government has already imposed to contain the possible outbreak of COVID-19.
“People’s movement across the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura are strictly prohibited in view of COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring country,” adding to this he said, “Along with the Epidemic Disease Act other Acts under the Indian Panel Code (IPC) shall be imposed to take legal action against the violators across the bordering areas of the state.”
The Director-General of Police (DGP) however is directed to closely monitor the situation across the state and initiate legal action against any violation of both lockdown and Section-144 being imposed across the state.