By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : Apr 20, 2020 12:47 IST
Government of India writes to Kerala Govt over violation of MHA guidelines

Government of India found Kerala Govt violation of guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs on April 15. GOI on Monday taking cognizance of the matter conveyed Kerala Govt on violation of MHA order dated 15th April issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005. On other hand Kerala Govt in its clarification said 'there was some misunderstanding, due to which the Centre had objected to dilution of the lockdown protocol after the state had allowed opening of restaurants and MSME industries in municipal areas among others.

Governments of Kerala violating DMA 2005, allowed additional activities including opening of local workshops; Barber shops; restaurants; book stores; MSMEs in municipal limits; bus travel in the cities/ towns for shorter distance etc. According to sources Government of India writes to Kerala govt over the violation.

Recently Government of Kerala has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures. In its order, Kerala Govt has allowed opening of activities which are prohibited in the 15th April MHA order. In its revised state guidelines Kerala Govt allowed opening of Shops, Travels & stores. State Chief Secretary said today Kerala has received a letter from the Centre (regarding dilution of lockdown guidelines). We are discussing what can be done. If needed, necessary modifications will be made.

On Monday Government of India wrote to Kerala Govt over the amounts to dilution of guidelines issued by MHA and violation of MHA order dated 15th April issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005.,

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In the same row Union Home Secy Ajay Bhalla, in a letter dated 19 April 2020, has asked Chief Secretaries of all states/UTs drawing their attention to the guideline that state/UTs govts shall not dilute the guidelines under Disaster Mgmt Act, 2005 in any manner & shall strictly enforce the same.



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