On Wednesday, 18th March 2020, Naval Kishore Ram of Pune issued an order under the Disaster Management Act 2005 and under the Epidemic Act 1897. According to this order, assembly of five or more people at a public place as well as private places including private workplaces has been banned in Pune.
Under this order, the gathering of five or more people which involves any kind of social, cultural, procession, sports events, picnics and such other public functions has to be terminated. Even the office meetings, training camps and workshops are asked to close down.
Only the essential services offices like media houses, government offices, laboratories and health centers are allowed to keep open. The students giving 10th and 12th board exams are allowed to give exams in schools. Apart fro that all the schools and colleges and coaching institutes must be kept close.
The order has been issued after Pune reported 19 confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease. “Of the 19confirmed cases reported, 14 cases are of foreign travel and only 5 have are those who interacted closely with these people. So we can say the cases are not found locally and so it is extremely important for us to take care and follow the norms of social distancing.”, Naval said.
After issuing the order, Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram asked the companies to allow employees to opt for work from home instructions as a precautionary measure against the pandemic novel coronavirus. However, many small scale industries were seen opposing this decision of District Collector.
Sandeep Belsare, President of Pimpri-Chinchwad Small Scale Industries Association, opposed the decision by saying that the work from home option is not feasible for the manufacturing industry. “We need machines and workers. There is no way we can avail of the work-from-home option. We have told our workers not to report for duty if anyone in their family shows symptoms. The companies have also installed hand sanitizers and instructed employees to use them at regular intervals,” he said.
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The coming two weeks are going to be very crucial in India for the coronavirus. If proper care is taken then some positive response can be generated which will be beneficial for the entire nation or else we all have to be ready to face the consequences.