In a late-night development, the Maharashtra government issued a detailed notification to unlock the state whereas, earlier in the evening, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin had announced the cancellation of this year’s Class XII examination. Five levels of restrictions have been listed out, based on the weekly positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds as on the week that ended on 3 June.
The Maharashtra government order is applicable from today while local bodies will have to issue separate orders which may be applicable from Monday.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Stalin today announced the cancellation of Class XII state board exams in view of the Covid-19 second wave in Tamil Nadu. The state government held discussions with parents, teachers, educationists, health experts and political parties in the past three days on conducting the exams.
“Though opinions were mixed on conducting the board exams, all of them wanted to ensure the safety of the children. Covid-19 second wave is still raging in the state and health experts also predicted the third wave. However, the state government cannot vaccinate Class XII students as they are aged below 18 years,” Stalin said in a statement.
He said the state government was still firm on its policy of conducting Class XII admissions based on Class XII exam marks. “However, doctors say postponing the exam further will affect the students psychologically. Based on the medical advice and other recommendations, the state government is cancelling Class XII state board exams,” he said.
The state government has formed a committee headed by school education secretary Kakarla Usha to decide the modalities to award marks for admissions into higher educational institutions. Based on the committee’s report, the marks would be awarded and admissions would be based on these marks, Stalin said.
Tamil Nadu: What will stay open, what remains shut
The Tamil Nadu government, which on Saturday announced an extension of lockdown till 14 June, said that the already permitted activities would continue in all the districts. It also announced new relaxations which would come into effect on 7 June.
To remain open
- Standalone grocery, vegetable, meat and fish stalls will be allowed between 6 am and 5 pm in all districts
- The sale of vegetables, fruits and flowers on the roadside footpath will be permitted between 6 am and 5 pm
- Wholesale fish markets will be allowed and the district administration should look for alternate arrangements to set up markets in open spaces in one or more places to ensure social distancing in the markets
- Slaughterhouses will be allowed for wholesale business
- All government offices will be permitted with a 30% workforce
- Sub-treasury offices will function but will issue 50 tokens a day for registrations.
- Match factories will be permitted with a 50% workforce and adhering to standard operating procedures
- Additional easing of curbs in 27 districts
- The government announced an additional easing of curbs in 27 districts including Chennai. These additional relaxations won’t be applicable to 11 districts — Coimbatore, the Nilgiris, Tirupur, Erode, Salem, Karur, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai — which have a high number of Covid-19 cases
- The additional relaxations permit the services of private security agencies and housekeeping agencies with e-registration
- Electricians, plumbers, motor technicians, carpenters will be permitted between 6 pm and 5 pm with e-registration
- Shops that sell electrical goods, bulbs, cables, switches and wires, bicycle and two-wheeler repairs, hardware shops, vehicle spare part shops, books and stationery shops, vehicle repair centres of the vehicle distributors will be allowed between 6 am and 5 pm
- Rental cars, taxis and auto-rickshaws will be allowed with e-registration. Three passengers will be allowed in rental taxis, while two passengers in auto rickshaws.
- E-pass is required from the district collectors to travel to The Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Yelagiri and Courtallam
- Export units in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Salem, Karur, Erode, Namakkal, Trichy and Madurai districts and vendor units providing inputs, which have export commitments or orders shall function with 10% workforce following standard operating procedures
- Sales of vegetables and fruits in mobile vehicles will continue
- Except for eleven districts that still have high Covid-19 cases, the public is allowed to travel in rented cars, taxis and in auto-rickshaws after e-registration
To remain closed
- Tasmac outlets
- Tea shops
- Standalone shops, excluding groceries, vegetables, fruits
- Textile and jewellery showrooms
- Cinema theatres
- Dine-in in hotels and restaurants
- Salons, spas, beauty parlours
- Private establishments
In Maharashtra, An e-pass remains a mandatory prerequisite for inter-district travel by passengers in private cars, taxis or buses if they are moving to or passing through, with a stoppage, a place under level 5 category.
For levels 1 to 4, inter-district travel has been allowed without the requirement of an e-pass.
In the case of places in the level 5 category, to and from movement along with passing through, if there is any stoppage inside, is allowed only with an e-pass. And this is allowed only in the case of medical emergencies or for persons performing essential duties.
The application has to be made online (< click for the Maharashtra Police website) from where the application is moved to the local police jurisdiction for processing according to the place of origin chosen by the applicant.
The applicant will require a valid identity proof, medical certificate, wedding card or related documents for marriage, medical report of persons travelling for medical emergencies, death certificate in the case of death, or a document pertaining to other emergency purposes.
Every police jurisdiction has formed dedicated cells for processing applications. Officials said an attempt is being made to clear applications at the earliest, or at least one day prior to the travel date.
Reasons for rejection of e-pass
Some of the key reasons for the rejection of e-passes are invalid or inadequate documents being attached, no medical certificate attached, an excess number of co-passengers than the prescribed limit as per the government norms, incomplete form at the time of application, and no photo or unclear photo attached.