COVID-19 Lockdown Norms: Centre warns States not to ‘Dilute’

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Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla gave warning to all state governments not to violate the COVID-19 lockdown norms. The announcement came from him after revised guidelines for lockdown came from the government of Kerala

In its order, the Kerala government gave relaxation on some activities from April 20. Various activities got permission from the Kerala Government. Examples of a few are opening of restaurants, bookstores, local workshops, barbershop, etc. Even bus travel within the city for short distance permitted. However, such activities saw prohibition in the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) order.

Furthermore, the Centre wrote to the Kerala government that this amounts to dilution of guidelines issued by MHA. The Centre asked all state governments to follow COVID-19 lockdown norms. Besides, legal action will be taken against those who violate lockdown measures.

Moreover, the Central government clearly stated not all states and union territories could formulate their revised guidelines. To control the spread of coronavirus, this is not permissible as per the Supreme Court orders.

On Sunday morning, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced that no restrictions would be eased in any of the states. He urges everyone to follow revised COVID-19 lockdown norms on a serious note. Further, he requests the concerned authorities to look after the strict implementation of guidelines without any dilution.

According to MHA officials, there are strict laws against the violators under the Indian Penal Code Sections 188, 270, and 271. Further, subject to a fine, imprisonment from 6 months up to 2 years or both can be imposed in some cases. 

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