Centre flays Kerala for relaxing lockdown norms

Centre flays Kerala for relaxing lockdown norms

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New Delhi, Apr 20: The Centre, on Monday, directed the Kerala government to ensure strict compliance of lockdown norms after the state government decided to relax restrictive measures by allowing opening of restaurants, barber shops, works shops and other activities.

In a ‘Demi-Official’ letter written on March 19 to the Kerala Chief Secretary, the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked the state to revise its order dated April17 allowing such activities in the states which, according to the MHA, is clear cut violation of the consolidated guidelines issued by the MHA on April 15 under the Disaster Management Act 2005.

“I would to draw your kind attention to clause 4 (I) and (II) of these guidelines which, Inter alia mentions that (I) State/UT Governments shall not dilute these guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 In any manner and shall strictly enforce the same and (II) State/ UT Governments may, however. Impose strict measures than these guidelines as per requirement of the local areas”, Mr Bhalla said. Referring to the observations made by the Supreme Court in connection with a writ petition on March 31, the Hone Secretary mentioned “We trust and expect that all concerned VIZ State Governments, Public Authorities and Citizens of this country to comply faithfully with the directives and orders issued by the Union of India in letter and spirit In the Interest of public safety".

The Kerala Government had issued an order on April 17, allowing opening of local workshops, barber shops. restaurants, book stores, MSMEs in Municipal limits, bus travel in the cities and towns for shorter distances up to 60 km. (UNI)