JORHAT, July 16 - Jorhat District Magistrate Roshni A Korati by an order on Wednesday night indefinitely extended the ongoing total lockdown in force since 7 pm of July 9 in Jorhat Municipal Board areas. The order also mentioned clamping of lockdown in 11 suburban areas of Jorhat.
Wholesale grocery shops will be allowed to remain open from 7 am to noon and retail grocery shops from noon to 6 pm from July 16 during the lockdown period. Home delivery of vegetables, fruits, fish, meat and packaged drinking water will be allowed during the lockdown.
Except the exempted emergency services, other establishments� offices, will� remain closed during the lockdown period as stated in the order passed on July 6 by the District Magistrate, the order mentioned. The order comes in the wake of steep spike of COVID-19 positive cases without travel history in recent days in Jorhat.
The District Magistrate last week had imposed full lockdown in areas under JMB, from 7 pm of July 9 till July 15.
Fair price shop �dealership� suspended: The Majuli district administration has temporarily suspended the �dealership� granted to an agent for a fair price shop under the Korotipar Gaon Panchayat Cooperative Society on charges of irregularities in distribution of rice through Public Distribution System under the National Food Security Scheme (NFSA).
A Majuli district administration official said Assistant Commissioner Bibash Pathak, who is also the Assistant Director of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (Majuli), suspended the �dealership� of the fair price shop run by Apai Patir of Sikarighat, Dakhin Ahotguri for a period of 90 days or until further orders.
The order was officially passed on July 10. The official said that the �dealership� was suspended by Pathak following an inquiry conducted by Sub-Inspector of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs department Biswajit Sonowal that found several irregularities in distribution of rice under NSFSA.
The inquiry was ordered by the department following public complaints received by the district administration against Patir of committing malpractices in rice distribution.