As Lockdown 4.0 begins today, MHA says states can’t dilute guidelines

Sallie Anderson

The Home Ministry Has Said No State Or Union Area Will Dilute The Guidelines Provided For The Nationwide Lockdown That Will Continue Till May31 In An Interaction To The Chief Secretaries Of The States And Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla Said The Guidelines Should Followed.

PTI|Upgraded on: 18 May 2020, 01: 04: 11 PM

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New Delhi:

The home ministry has actually stated no state or Union Area will dilute the guidelines released for the across the country lockdown that will continue till May31 In an interaction to the chief secretaries of the states and Union areas, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla stated the guidelines for the 4th stage of the lockdown were released after taking the views of the states, following a video-conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers on May 11.

“As emphasised in my earlier letters, I would like to reiterate again that States and Union Territories cannot dilute restrictions imposed vide the aforesaid guidelines issued by MHA. States and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may prohibit certain other activities in various zones, or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary. ” I would advise you to ensure compliance of the brand-new guidelines and direct all worried authorities for their stringent execution,” Bhalla stated in his letter to the chief secretaries on Sunday night.

He stated under the brand-new guidelines reliable from Monday, the states and Union areas will categorise “red”, “orange” and “green” zones taking into account the modified guidelines released by the Ministry of Health and Family Well-being on Sunday. Inside the “red” and “orange” zones, containment and buffer zones will be recognized by the district administration and regional city bodies with technical inputs at the regional level and by taking into account the health ministryguidelines Within the containment zones, stringent border control will be kept and no motion of individuals will be permitted throughout the zones, other than for medical emergency situations and preserving the supply of necessary items and services, the letter stated.

The home secretary stated a minimal variety of activities will continue to stay restricted throughout the nation. The continuous across the country lockdown to suppress the spread of coronavirus was extended till May 31 by the National Catastrophe Management Authority on Monday. New guidelines on lockdown procedures have actually been released in supersession of the earlier lockdown orders, other than the Standing Operating Treatments (SOPs) released on motion of individuals.

In order to help with the motion of individuals, numerous modes of transportation have actually currently been opened up in accordance with the SoPs released by the MHA and all other activities will be allowed, other than those particularly restricted under theseguidelines Just necessary activities will be permitted in the COVID-19 containment zones, as discussed previously. The lockdown revealed by the prime minister came into result on March 25 for 21 days. It was first extended till May 3 and after that once again till May17 On Monday, the lockdown was extended till May 31.

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First Released: 18 May 2020, 01: 04: 11 PM

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