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As Kerala opens cafés, streets, MHA blames state government for 'weakening' lockdown Featured

Written by  Apr 20, 2020

Taking a strong issue with the Kerala government's choice to open cafés, transport travel for shorter distances, permit private vehicles on an odd-even, during the lockdown, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has blamed the Pinarayi Vijayan government for "weakening" the Center's rules.

The MHA has composed a letter to the Kerala government, saying the state government on April 17 "has circulated updated rules for lockdown measures which permitted the opening of activities which are restricted in the Center's combined revised rules gave on April 15".

"Such extra activities permitted by the government of Kerala, incorporate the opening of neighborhood workshops, hair salons, cafés, book shops, MSMEs in municipal areas, transport travel in urban communities and towns for a shorter distance, two travelers in the back row of four-wheeler and pillion riding on bikes," included the letter.

As indicated by MHA, this adds up to the weakening of rules and violation of the orders given by the MHA on April 15 under the Disaster Management Act 2005.

It is to be noticed that the Kerala government had discharged definite rules to revive the state in stages from Monday. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan-drove government in the state has partitioned the state into four zones – Red, Orange A, Orange B and Green.

Kasaragod, Kannur, Kozhikode, Malappuram regions are in Red Zone and they won't have any relaxations.

In Pathanamthitta, Ernakulam and Kollam, regions under Orange A zone, partial relaxation from the lockdown will begin from April 24, while Orange B locale Alappuzha, Trivandrum, Palakkad, Wayanad and Thrissur will get incomplete relaxation from Monday. In Kerala, 401 coronavirus cases have been accounted for up until this point.

It might be reviewed that while declaring the expansion of the across the country lockdown Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said some relaxation of the lockdown could be given in non-containment zones from April 20.

Last modified on Monday, 20 April 2020 13:42



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