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Lockdown 4.0 In Place: The lockdown has been extended till 31 May in view of the rising infection of the coronavirus in the country. Most of the rights in Lockdown-4 have been given to the states. The central government will issue separate detailed guidelines on topics falling in the central list.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued an order in this regard. In this, released order various Ministries and Departments of the Central Government and the State Governments have been asked to take measures to avoid infection of Covid-19.
The lockdown is in force in the country from 25 March. NDMA has not released any new guidelines. It says that the National Executive Committee (NEC) has issued orders and clarifications from time to time under Section 10 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, regarding the lockdown in the country.
Important changes will be made in the guidelines
The NDMA stated in its order that the lockdown measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 will continue until May 31. To open economic activities, NEC will make necessary changes in the guidelines to prevent the spread of Covid-19 as well as to further economic activities.
This is the third time the lockdown has been extended. Even before this, the lockdown in the country was extended twice and the lockdown-3.0 was ending yesterday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the country had indicated increasing the lockdown. However, he said that it will be some new look. In such a situation, everyone’s eyes were on how this new look would be? What kind of relaxations will be given to the Indian general public in this?
Many states had already increased lockdown
The way the cases of corona infection are continuously increasing in the country, the increase of lockdown was considered to be inevitable. Many states had also made preparations for this. Punjab, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu had already announced to extend the lockdown by 31 May. The total number of corona infects in the country has crossed 90 thousand, of which more than 2800 people have died.
The Center had sought suggestions from states about increasing the lockdown. On Friday, Home Minister Amit Shah held a marathon meeting with officials of his ministry. After considering the suggestions received from all the states, the guidelines for Lockdown-4.0 were prepared. Most states have suggested increasing the lockdown by the end of this month.
Lockdown was increased twice before also
The first phase of the lockdown was from 25 March to 14 April. There was lockdown-2 from 15 April to 3 May and lockdown-3 from 4 May to 17 May. In the first phase, there was an exemption only for essential goods. In Lockdown-2, the hotspots were allowed to open shops in the Orange and Green zones.
In Lockdown-3 it was permitted to open factories with certain conditions. During this period trains and buses were also run to take the stranded migrant laborers home in the country. Apart from this, 15 pairs of special trains are also running on the Rajdhani route.
The Central Government has already announced the four installments of the mega economic relief package of Rs 20 lakh crore package for reviving the halted Indian economy. It will be very keen and important to see how the course of action takes place for the world’s biggest democracy which has so far managed to handle the corona pandemic on economic, political, and social front in a way more balanced way than rest of the other nations around the globe.