NDMA order refers to ‘opening up economic activities’
Even as the number of coronavirus cases in the country continues to rise alarmingly, the Union government has announced extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 31.
The National Disaster Management Authority’s secretary has issued an order extending the lockdown till May 31 and has also written to the Ministry of Home affairs to issue modified guidelines.
“Considering the fact that the lockdown measures need to be implemented for a further period in the country to contain the spread of COVID- 19, NDMA in exercise of its powers under Section 6(2)(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 hereby directs the Ministries, Departments of Government of India, State Governments and State Authorities to continue the lockdown measures upto 31st May 2020. The Authority further directs NEC to issue modifications In the
guidelines as necessary, keeping in view the need to open up economic activities while containing the spread of COVID 19,” the member-secretary said in his order.