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State of Madhya Pradesh experiments with contactless vegetable-sales

Madhya Pradesh is coming to grips with the fact that the state’s vegetable vendors have turned out to be spreaders of the Corona-virus. Officials have been reorganising the sale of vegetables and implementing a new guideline for street vendors to cut the chain of transmission of the disease.

Of late, Ujjain, one of the major Covid-19 hotspots, has introduced an almost contactless method of vegetable sales at the doorsteps and is even training vendors to accept digital payment instead of letting cash exchange hands.

Besides, every vendor is being trained to make customized vegetable packets apart from using sanitisers during the sale. Around 100 vendors have been pressed to service 59 wards in Ujjain and they are packing vegetables in cloth bags instead of plastic ones.

“The administration in several districts of Madhya Pradesh found that a number of vegetable and fruits vendors, too, contributed to spreading of the virus, hence these districts have started taking tough measures against the vendors violating lockdown restrictions,” a health department official told hindustantimes.com.

In the past three days, Bhopal police officers have booked at least 20 vegetable vendors for not complying with lockdown restrictions after one of them was found to be positive for Covid-19. Only authorised vendors are authorised to sell vegetables in Bhopal at fixed rates.


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