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As Maha imposes ‘Janta Curfew’ for 15 days ,confused netizens share memes on ‘lockdown’

By Priyanka Verma 
Updated Date

As citizens grapple with the second wave of coronavirus in the country, many states are reinforcing stricter restrictions to break the chain. With Maharashtra contributing the highest to the daily caseload, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray Tuesday announced curfew-like restrictions on the movement of people in the state, but stopped short of calling it a complete lockdown.

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a virtual address, announced that from 8 pm onwards on April 14, Section 144 would be imposed in the state but public transport would remain open for only essential workers. Essential services will be allowed from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm in the state.

All establishments, public spaces, activities and services will remain closed, except for essential services that will remain open between 7 am and 8 pm on working days. While restaurants can operate but only for deliveries. Shooting for films, serials and advertisements will remain closed, and only 25 people will be allowed at marriages.

As Thackeray urged people to “work from home” and refrain from moving out by observing a “Janata Curfew”, people got confused as the rules seemed like a lockdown. Soon, many flooded social media platforms with memes, reacting to the CM’s speech.

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The Chief Minister also announced a relief package of Rs 5,476 crore. He said the government will supply 3 kg of wheat and 2 kg of rice per person free of cost for one month to beneficiaries of the Food Security Scheme. A meal scheme, “Shiv Bhojan Thali”, will provide food free of cost to people for one month with a target of 2 lakh thalis in a month, said Thakeray.

Meanwhile, the Central Railway (CR) urged people not to panic and avoid crowding the stations. The Government Railway Police and Railway Protection Force have already deployed extra force outside the LTT to manage the situation.

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