While Kerala opens highways, restaurants, the Center says that the MHA lockdown rules are violated

The Central Government has written a letter to the Kerala govt stating that the activities that are allowed in the state, such as bus and car travel, violate the MHA lockdown guidelines.

by Hari Aditya

Updated: Apr 20, 2020 14:51 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Relaxation or Violation  

As the Kerala government is looking to allow some state-wide operations, including restaurant opening, bus travel for shorter distances, the Center has shot a letter to the Pinarayi Vijayan government saying these relaxations breach the MHA lockdown guidelines released on April 15. Sources said, "The Government of India has written to the Government of Kerala on dilution of MHA guidelines and breach of MHA Order of 15 April 2020 issued under the 2005 Disaster Management Act."

The Kerala government has announced the relaxation of the restrictions on lockdowns in two districts, allowing odd-even movement of private vehicles and Monday dining services at hotels, among others. According to the sources, in an order dated April 17, the Kerala Government circulated a set of updated guidelines for state lockdown measures. The Center said, "The GOK has approved the opening of activities that are prohibited in MHA's Order of 15.04.2020 in that order."

Reacting to the letter from the Centre, State Minister Kadakampally Surendran said, "We have given relaxation in accordance with directions issued by the Centre. The Center may have asked for an explanation due to some misunderstanding. Once we give an explanation, I hope the issue will be resolved.

Kerala Police chief Loknath Behera had earlier said the relaxations of restrictions imposed would come into effect in the Green and Orange-B zones in the state from Monday. "Such additional activities allowed by GOK, inter alia, includes the opening of local workshops; barber shops; restaurants; book stores; MSMEs in municipal limits; bus travel in the cities/towns for a shorter distance, two passengers in the back seat of four-wheelers; pillion riding on scooters," the Centre has said in its letter and added that these activities violate the MHA order.

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