New Delhi, Mar 24: Invoking the Disaster Management Act 2005 to contain the deadly coronavirus, the Centre on Tuesday asked all State Governments and Union Territories to take stringent and effective measures to prevent this deadly disease.
Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, today, asked all Chief Secretaries of States and Administrators of Union Territories to take effective measures to contain the spread of COVID19 for next 21 day nationwide lockdown under Disaster Management Act, 2005.
In his letter to States Chief Secretaries and Administrators of UTs, he said that there was an urgent need to take stringent actions to contain the spread of COVID-19. In line with this, several State/UT Governments have issued complete or partial lockdown orders, he added.
Considering the situation, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), in exercise of the powers under section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, has issued an Order no. 1-29/2020-PP (Pt.II) dated March 24, directing the Ministries, Departments of Government of India, and the State, Union Territory Governments and State, Union Territory Authorities to take lockdown measures to prevent the spread of COVID-l9 in the country, Mr Bhalla said.
In compliance with the NDMA order, he asked all Chief Secretaries, Administrators and authorities to take effective measures to ensure strict implementation of the orders under Disaster Management Act in order to prevent the spread of COVID-l9 in the country.
''The Order shall remain in force, in all parts of the country, for a period of 21 days with effect from 25.03.2020'', the Home Secretary further added.
Action taken on the implementation of these measures will be monitored by MHA and all are requested to kindly send the reports on a daily basis, he instructed the State and UTs administration. (UNI)