COVID-19: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Speaks To CMs Of All States On Lockdown Extension

Centre may essentially leave it to the States or Union Territories to decide on the curbs post-May 31

Jessica David

May 29, 2020

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On Thursday night (May 28), Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah had a discussion with all the Chief Ministers of States and Union Territories on the nationwide lockdown enforced to contain the spread of COVID-19. This exercise indicated that the states will continue to have a major say in deciding the curbs and opening-up measures. Shah is said to have elicited the CMs’ views on the way ahead after the fourth phase, i.e., Lockdown 4.0 ends on May 31. There has been speculation over Lockdown 5.0 but discussions are still ongoing.

The negative list, barring activities in areas with incidence of the disease, is expected to be further pruned. In the past, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also consulted the Chief Ministers. Sources indicate that the Centre may essentially leave it to the States or Union Territories to decide on the curbs post-May 31, barring prohibited activities such as international passenger flights and reopening of schools and colleges.

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