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Source : Mumbai Mirror
District administration cites govt approval for doorstep delivery. The Thane district administration has warned housing ocieties that action will be taken against them if they bar home delivery of newspapers.
The warning came in a circular issued by Deputy District Registrar Shahaji Patil to all housing societies in the district earlier this week followingmultiple complaints that newspaper deliverers were being turned away.
The circular cited the state government’s Mission Begin Begin Again protocol order of June 7, which states that printing and distribution of newspapers, including home delivery is allowed, provided the delivery personnel wear a mask, use hand sanitiser and maintain social distancing.Patil told MUMBAI Mirror that action will be taken against errant societies under Section 79 (registrar’s power to enforce performance of obligations) of the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies Act).
Sitaram Rane, president of the Thane District Housing Federation,asserted that most housing societies in the district were already in compliance with the circular and were allowing daily distribution of newspapers. He referred to a previous circular from the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) stating that all delivery items were to be left at the housing society’s gate. “I spoke to one of the newspaper vendors, who said he will continue to make deliveries at people’s doorsteps.”
Sandeep Malvi, deputy Thane municipal commissioner, said the Thane administration’s order supersedes that of the TMC.
Scotching rumours of newspapers being potential SARS-COV-2 carriers, the World Health Organisation has clarified that they are safe to read during the pandemic.