Cabinet revises earlier ’till April 21′ decision
The state government has apparently developed cold feet about the earlier decision to allow limited opening of IT/BT offices. Chief Minister Yeddyurappa had said earlier that IT/BT companies could open from April 20 (later changed to April 21).
However, on Monday after a cabinet meeting, Law Minister JC Madhuswamy told the media that private sector staff cannot be considered government servants. He asserted that the lockdown would continue till May 3, without any relaxation.
He said the cabinet had approved an ordinance on the lines of Kerala and Uttar Pradesh. Hence, the lockdown would remain in full force till May 3.
“The present lockdown continues, and there is no change in our plan. Action will be taken only after the Central government gives us guidelines in two to three days . IT and BT companies will be shut till the lockdown ends,” Madhuswamy said.
On the violence in Padarayanapura ward in Bengaluru, he said the government has taken the incident seriously and tough action would be taken. “Kerala and Uttar Pradesh government measures taken for Covid will be followed and implemented by us too,” he said. If someone violates the guidelines set by the government, the concerned officials are to take strict action, he added.
“The government has taken a decision to control the spread of the coronavirus. So, let’s protect the ‘Corona Warriors’. If trouble is given to them, we will take strict action,” Madhuswamy warned.
The government had earlier said the existing lockdown measures would continue until the midnight of April 21.
Confirming the new development, Chief Secretary Vijay Bhaskar said, “As per today’s cabinet decision, the lockdown will go on till May 3.”