States/UTs can't dilute lockdown 4.0 guidelines: MHA

By Rajan Nath -- May 18, 2020 3:31 pm

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Monday said that States/UTs cannot dilute restrictions imposed in lockdown 4 guidelines, they can only make them stricter based on local level assessment and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guideline.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that the guidelines for the lockdown 4 were issued after taking the views of the state governments, following a video-conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers on May 11.

In a letter to the chief secretaries of the states and Union territories, it is stated that the "States/UTs cannot dilute the restrictions imposed in MHA guidelines. They may prohibit certain other activities or impose restrictions, as deemed necessary on the basis of a ground-level analysis of the situation."

"I would urge you to ensure compliance of the new guidelines and direct all concerned authorities for their strict implementation," Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said in his letter to the chief secretaries. He also said that under the new guidelines effective from Monday, the states and Union territories will categorise red, orange and green zones taking into consideration the revised guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

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Inside the red and orange zones, the containment and buffer zones will be identified by the district administration and the local urban bodies with technical inputs at the local level. While in the containment zones, a strict perimeter control shall be maintained and no movement of persons will be allowed across the zones, except for medical emergencies and maintaining the supply of essential goods and services, the letter added.

-PTC News

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