MHA Guidelines: RWAs will receive the last call for help

NEW DELHI: While the home ministry has allowed the services of self-employed people, such as domestic help in all areas, ministry sources indicated that resident welfare associations may have the last word on allowing their entry in residential buildings and neighborhoods.

“RWAs should take a call about authorization from outsiders. Health protocols must be taken into account. Also, public transportation is not allowed in the red zones and therefore domestic helpers who stay away from the workplace may have difficulty traveling every day. The responsibility would lie with the caller or allow outsiders, in the event of any accident, an officer said.

The pros and cons of allowing domestic help in residential apartments and neighborhoods are already being debated. Just as the RWAs decided to ban entry during the blockade to contain the spread of Covid-19, it is up to them to lift the ban. MHA's guidelines have only cleared the way, ”the officer explained.

The services of self-employed people have been allowed in all areas, but Interior Ministry sources clarified on Saturday that barbershops, salons and spas in red areas would continue to be closed. However, all these services can be resumed from May 4 in the orange and green areas. The Home Office issued a formal clarification Saturday that movement of buses between districts or within the district would not be permitted in orange areas, although taxis, taxi aggregators, and the movement of private cars between districts with a maximum of two passengers in the back is ok for all allowed activities.

In the orange areas, in addition to prohibited activities across the country and the use of buses, all other activities would be allowed without restrictions. However, states and UTs based on their assessment and priorities may choose to allow fewer activities, the ministry said in a statement.

While private offices can operate at 33% force in red zones, this can be seen as the minimum capacity that offices in orange and green zones can work in, an official said. “States can always apply stricter guidelines depending on local assessment/requirements. MHA guidelines have only defined the limits within which states can enforce the blockade within their respective jurisdiction, the official said.