Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray advises caution; outlines plan for Mission Begin Again

ST Staff
Sunday, 31 May 2020

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the "Mission Begin Again " is aimed at restarting our lives again.

Mumbai: On a day his government granted a slew of relaxations in non-containment zones while extending the latest lockdown till June 30, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that people should tread cautiously while beginning the "new life".

In his televised address to the state, the CM said the "Mission Begin Again " is aimed at restarting our lives again.

"The permission for outdoor physical activities, opening of shops and markets, offices is a trial to check on how we shouldmove forward, but we should tread cautiously. Lockdown should now be thrown into dustbin," he said.

He said if lockdown is science, lifting it is an art.

Thackeray likened the "Mission begin again" to walking in heavy rains with people holding their hands and walking carefully.

"But even as we begin afresh, we have to take cautious steps," he said.

Thackeray also said the prevailing situation is not conducive to allow holding of the final year university exams.

"Aggregate Marksof semester exams will be taken and students will be given marks," he said.

He also said the doorstep distribution of newspapers will be allowed from June 7.

"Next Sunday onwards, newspaper deliveries will be allowed to be delivered home. But delivery boys will have to be provided with masks, sanitisers," Thackeray said.

Delivery of newspapers was banned in Mumbai and Pune.

(Inputs from PTI)

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