Punjab govt extends curfew till Apr 24

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh ordered extension of the state-wide curfew till April 14 and directed foolproof sealing of the state's borders.

Amarinder also promised special insurance for Punjab Police personnel and sanitation workers engaged in the anti-COVID battle, an official statement said. He asked Finance Minister Manpreet Badal to come out with a contingency financial plan, to overcome the COVID-19 crisis, and ensure an uninterrupted supply of medical items and essentials commodities in the current battle against coronavirus.

The chief minister also allowed the Local Bodies Department to extend, by three months, the services of 2000-odd sanitation workers, due to retire on March 31, in order to deal with the prevailing situation.