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COVID 19 Lockdown: Amit Shah Speaks To Chief Ministers, Asks For Feedback
Union home minister Amit Shah has reached out to all Chief Ministers, sources said, asking for feedback on the lockdown and their views about its extension or lifting after May 31, when the current phase is scheduled to end.
COVID 19 Lockdown: Amit Shah Speaks To Chief Ministers, Asks For Feedback (FILE IMAGE)
NEW DELHI: Amit Shah, the Union home minister contacted all Chief Ministers asking for feedback on the Coronavirus lockdown, said the sources. The home minister wanted to know about their views on the extension or lifting of lockdown. The current phase is scheduled to end on May 31. All Chief Ministers have given their views on how they want to move forward.
The Prime Minister's Office, has over the last few days been busy reviewing the entire lockdown period to decide on the way forward from June 1. According to the sources, not like other times, when the cabinet secretary was the one to make the initial contact, Mr Shah's move was a political outreach.
The centre is worried about their steps taken to contain the spread of coronavirus, might face criticism from the opposition as well as the state Chief Ministers, which has pushed it to change its stance on several occasions.
Home ministry sources yesterday said ultimately, the way forward regarding the lockdown "would be a political call".
The centre can either continue the lockdown with the National Disaster Management Act, which gives the government the right to take all the decisions regarding health, which is a state subject. Or it can allow the states to have a final call on how they wish to proceed.
The government, during the last extension of the lockdown in mid-May, had allowed extensive relaxations, leaving it to the state's judgment on setting the boundaries.
The announcement was preceded by a daylong meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and all the Chief Ministers. Even before the other extensions of the lockdown, PM Modi had spoken to the Chief Ministers and taken note of their views.
Rajiv Gauba, the Cabinet Secretary had earlier today, interacted in a two-hour video with municipal commissioners and district magistrates of 13 cities, including the four metros, to discuss the measures being taken for the containment of the virus.