Coronavirus curfew in Punjab: No flour, pulses, oil, say Mohali distributors; residents cry foul


Although the district administration had assured residents of standard door-to-door provide of meals, medicines and milk by circulating the contact numbers of designated outlets, the distributors are both not responding to the calls or claiming that wheat flour, pulses and edible oil are unavailable, leaving the residents within the lurch.

A listing of authorised neighbourhood outlets with contact numbers was printed on Mohali administration’s web site

On Thursday morning, many of the grocery outlets have been discovered open with half shutters down and other people queued up in entrance of them, which have been later closed by 9am. A number of the shopkeepers complained they didn’t obtain distribution passes from the administration.

CL Garg, president of the Confederation of Higher Mohali Residents’ Welfare Associations, the apex physique of the 65 RWAs, stated there’s gross mismanagement on the a part of the administration. “Shopkeepers aren’t taking calls and even refusing to produce flour, pulses and edible oil citing unavailability.”


At some locations on Thursday, some residents received into arguments over the scarcity. “I referred to as up greater than 10 grocery outlets and the shopkeepers claimed there was no wheat flour out there. Is it potential? They’re hoarding shares to promote at a better worth,” alleged Pinky Kumari, 40, a resident of Sector 80, Mohali.

One of many shopkeepers in Part 11 stated, “Wheat flour and pulses aren’t being provided from the backend, so we’re helpless. Hopefully the difficulty will probably be resolved in a day or two.”

Extra deputy commissioner (ADC), Mohali, Aashika Jain, stated, “We met with the shopkeepers they usually have assured us a easy provide for the subsequent 5 days. There was some drawback with backend provide, however we’re sorting it out. It’s not potential that shopkeepers ran out of inventory in simply in the future and it appears they’re hoarding. In that case, strict motion will probably be taken towards them.”

On passes not being issued to some distributors, she stated those that are left will probably be issued passes by Friday.


To make sure continued provide of important items and companies in the course of the curfew, the Mohali administration has permitted unhindered motion of choose automobiles. These embody automobiles engaged in/carrying meals gadgets resembling greens, groceries, eggs, meat, inexperienced and dry fodder for animals, and poultry, piggery feed.

Moreover ATM money vans, LPG supply automobiles,and oil tankers, hawkers and cart-pullers promoting necessities are additionally allowed. Farmers/farm labour going to work in fields are permitted motion. Social distancing has been suggested with meeting of not more than 5 individuals. The division of house affairs, Punjab, has already granted permission to Mohali administration to solely permit such automobiles with most two individuals per automobile.


Amid the outbreak of coronavirus, district Justice of the Peace (DM) Girish Dayalan has ordered leisure in curfew to let farmers carry crops to chilly storage amenities.

In a press launch issued on Thursday, the DM acknowledged, “It has been dropped at the discover of the district administration that the farmers are engaged in digging of potatoes at current. After digging, the method of grading begins after which the crop is saved in numerous cities. Thus, financial pursuits of an unlimited part of persons are primarily based on the method.”

In view of the identical, Dayalan has ordered that every one the chilly shops within the district can be stored open until April 10 for storing the farmers’ produce. Nonetheless, house owners of the chilly shops must strictly comply to the directions issued at common intervals by the Union and Punjab governments apart from the workplace of the DM.


The ability house owners have been instructed to take care of social distancing as much as a minimal of 1.5-2 metres. “In any case, in the course of the loading, unloading and grading processes, greater than 10 labourers is not going to be allowed to collect at one place,” Dayalan’s orders learn.

In the meantime, the farmers have been directed to hold their identification proofs resembling voter ID, Aadhaar card or driving licence whereas venturing out to move their items.


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