March 24, 2019
The Government of India has decided to completely shut down 75 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported. In addition, different state governments have also put in place their own shut downs. (Full list of districts can be viewed at this link and press release here.)
[ACTION REQUIRED]: Given the challenging situation, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has posted a simple form on their website to ascertain the readiness of companies to deal with the threat of COVID-19. The form can be accessed here, with request to ALL COMPANIES to fill this out starting March 23.
Some other developments of note are included below:
- The state government of Delhi notified a lockdown in Delhi from 6:00 am on Monday, March 23 to midnight of Tuesday, March 31, that includes no public transport services and closure of all shops, factories, offices, commercial establishments. The order issued by Delhi Police can be viewed here.
- The state government of Maharashtra has issued containment orders that include closure of public spaces and corporations. (see order here.)
- USISPF is in communication with different State governments requesting the exemption of certain parts of services industry from the above orders to ensure least disruption to global institutions that rely on India for its vital IT, R&D, and BPO functions. Please write to Nelson Chaudhuri to obtain a copy of the letter.
- Department of Consumer Affairs has exempted ecommerce operations from prohibitory orders to avoid panic and disruption in supply of goods and services to citizens.