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Maharashtra Government asks housing societies to not force needless restrictions

The Maharashtra government has appealed to the cooperative housing societies asking them not to impose needless restrictions.

Maharashtra Government asks housing societies to not force needless restrictions
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The Maharashtra government has appealed to the cooperative housing societies asking them not to impose needless restrictions in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Balasaheb Patil, the state minister for cooperation has said that the housing societies should not force such curbs on the entry of household help in the houses of the elderly residents or stop the movement of the residents who have to go to work.

Balasaheb Patil also said that the ones who are distributing milk and vegetables around the societies should also be allowed to enter and should be given access. He further added that all the societies have to stand by the rules and the guidelines authorized by the state and the Centre.

With the outbreak of the coronavirus, several societies had completely stopped their household help from entering the premises. These societies also imposed curbs on the entry of outside vehicles or guests as well. The movement of the residents was also restricted. However, even though these restrictions have been lifted, many societies have continued to impose these rules for the fear of catching the coronavirus. This has, in turn, annoyed the residents who are finding it difficult to resume offices or move for other work. Several society federations have asked the government to step in and make a decision.

In the past, in a circular issued by the Maharashtra Societies Welfare Association announced that it is now compulsory for Cooperative Housing Societies (CHS) in Zone 5 of Mumbai to screen its residents for the novel coronavirus. The circular further asked all the societies across the board to hold screenings in order to maintain records of the body temperature and oxygen levels. The officials have opined that this must be done for every individual residing in the flats. The Maharashtra Cabinet minister had issued a set of guidelines with the circular that the residents must follow.

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