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Andhra Pradesh HC passes interim order to include fish as an essential good

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The High Court of Andhra Pradesh passed an interim order for the inclusion of fish and shrimp in the list of ‘essential supplies’ to be sold during the nationwide lockdown. It has also directed the State Government to allow transportation of these goods during the lockdown and beyond the period provided that any restrictions may be further imposed.

In a letter dated 24.03.2020, addressed by the Ministry of Fisheries, Joint Secretary Department of Fisheries and Animal Husbandry and Dairying Institution, a petition was filed seeking transportation of fish and shrimp. The petition was also meant to include seafood products in the list of essential goods.

Aquaculture, being one of the most important businesses in the State was being restricted and was at a standstill due to the imposition of the lockdown. The Chief Justice, J.K Maheshwari, acknowledged the importance of the industry and the damage that would be caused if suspended totally.

Accordingly, the Court passed an interim order to allow vehicles transporting fish and shrimp while also adding seafood in the list of essential supplies. The Court permitted the State Authorities to do so until the next date of listing provided that any more conditions may be imposed.

With one of the World’s strictest lockdowns, India has allowed the supply of only essential good for its citizens. Even during this time, the special needs of the particular State may be taken into account to cater to the basic needs of the people. Seafood continues to be the staple of people in Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, the orders were passed to resume the supply of seafood in the State. It is to be noted that other meats have also been added in the list of essential goods and the supply to meat shops continue. Despite the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the country still ensures that the needs of the people are being met and that there is no lack of resources. is now on Telegram. Follow us for regular legal updates and judgements from the court. Follow us on Google News, InstagramLinkedInFacebook & Twitter. You can also subscribe for our Weekly Email Updates. You can also contribute stories like this and help us spread awareness for a better society. Submit Your Post Now.

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