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Kohima: The government of Nagaland on Friday relaxed more activities in the state in pursuance of the Union ministry of home affairs orders permitting the resumption of few business activities by ensuring that the standard operating procedure for social distancing for offices, workshops, factories, establishments and farms.

The order issued by the office of the chief secretary permitted food processing industries and industries operating in rural areas, including stone crushers, saw mills, brick kilns in rural areas, which are outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities to operate. Only the functioning of food processing units such as bread factories, milk processing plants, flourmills, dal mills and so on are permitted in urban areas.

The collection, harvesting and processing of minor forest produce (MFP)/non-timber forest produce (NTFP) by scheduled tribes and other forest dwellers in forest areas have also been permitted. It also allowed the plantation of bamboo, coconut, areca nut, cocoa, spices and the harvesting, processing, packaging, sale and marketing process.

Construction activities in rural areas including water supply and sanitation, laying/erection of power transmission lines and laying of telecom optical fibre and cable along with related activities are also relaxed.

The functioning of research establishments dealing with agriculture and horticulture activities, inter and intra-state movement of planting materials and honeybee colonies, honey and other bee hive products, are also permitted.

Shops dealing in educational books for students, electric fans and recharge facilities for prepaid mobile connection also received green signal.

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