Bihar CM Nitish Kumar says ‘journalists should be included among frontline workers’

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that he is in favour of the vaccination of journalists of all age groups and applauded their efforts amid the pandemic.

In view of rising COVID-19 cases, vaccinating the ‘Frontline Workers’ has been absolutely necessary, however, the categorization of these people has been a rather difficult job. Recognising journalists – who have been round-the-clock as frontline people amid the pandemic – several states in India have announced the vaccination for them.

Bihar Chief Minister on Friday explained – he is in favour of the vaccination of journalists of all age groups and applauded their efforts amid the pandemic. He also asserted that they should be included among frontline workers, reported ANI.

“I am in the favour of the vaccination of journalists of all age groups. They go everywhere to cover news and should be included among frontline workers”, Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar said.

Earlier in the day, the Bihar government announced a slew of restrictions to curb the spread of novel Coronavirus.

The Nitish Kumar led government has ordered restrictions on the movement of people and goods, public gatherings and commercial establishments owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Elucidating the guidelines announced by the state, Pratyaya Amrit, Principal Secretary (Disaster Management), Bihar – clarified about working of shops, restaurants, Dhabas and hotels. Speaking about the occupancy of cinema halls and public transportation, he maintained that essential services are exempted.

“All shops are permitted to open till 7pm. Restaurants, Dhabas & hotels are exempted & can function on 25% seating capacity. Cinema hall, public transportation can function on 50% occupancy. Essential services are exempted”, said, Pratyaya Amrit, Principal Secretary (Disaster Management), Bihar said on Friday.

Ahead of the restrictions being levied across the states in India, the country might yet again witness another exodus of workers returning to their home states.

Fearing an impending lockdown, Mumbai’s Lokmanya Tilak Terminus was seen flogged with migrant workers waiting to return to their hometowns in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, etc.

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