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Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh, on April 10, said that the state will allow only farmers a temporary district-wise relief from lockdown to help them harvest rabi crops.
During the press conference, Singh said, “Until April 14, there is lockdown and from April 15, the harvesting of wheat is to start. We are getting a bumper harvest, fourth year in a row.”
Sigh added, “The cabinet of the state will be deciding today, regarding the extend of lockdown in other parts of Punjab that are currently under 21-day lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last month. The nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end on April 14 but PM suggested yesterday that it might extend.”
Concerned about the spread of virus, Singh said, “People are fed up because it has been a long time but the lockdown was necessary for us. Just after coronavirus started spreading throughout the world over and before lockdown took place, 95,000 Punjabis came back and additionally 44,000 came through Delhi. While everyone was checked at airports, sometimes symptoms don’t show until much later. We put them into quarantine, had teams visit their homes and checked after 7-10 days. It became a major operation. Most of them are now out of quarantine.”