Lockdown norms can’t be diluted: NDMA- THE HINDU-15-04-2020
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba will hold a videoconference on Wednesday with Chief Secretaries of all States to discuss the future road map in the wake of the extended lockdown. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, announced that the lockdown measures imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic would have to be extended till May 3. “In pursuance of this announcement, the Government of India has issued directions to all the Ministries/Departments of Government of India, State/Union Territory governments and authorities, that the lockdown measures stipulated in the Consolidated Guidelines of MHA, for containment of COVID-19 pandemic in the country, will continue to remain in force up to May 3, 2020,” a statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs said. The first set of such guidelines to be followed by States for “containment of COVID-19 epidemic” was issued on March 24 under the DM Act, 2005, invoked for the first time in the country.