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Lockdown 5.0 or will Centre hand over the reins to states?

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Lockdown 5.0 or will Centre hand over the reins to states?

Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence to work out the final details.

The sources also said that the Centre is likely to extend the COVID-19 lockdown for two more weeks. The fourth phase of the lockdown is scheduled to end on May 31. "It appears that the lockdown in the current state, may continue for 15 more days", Sawant was quoted saying by PTI.

On Thursday, Amit Shah held telephonic talks with Chief Ministers of different states as to how successful the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown had been and what all were the expectations and demands of the states. However, half way through it, Union Civil Aviation Minister Harddep Singh Puri surprised everyone by conditionally restarting domestic flight operations.

The lockdown, which was announced on March 25, has been extended thrice. More on Covid-19 The meeting was attended by municipal commissioners and district magistrates of 13 worst-affected locations, including Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi/New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Kolkata/Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur. Reports said the chief ministers contended that the lockdown should be extended with considerable relaxation in economic activity. All social, political, religious functions, and places of worship have also remained closed so far.

All Chief Ministers have given their views on how they want to move forward.

Private doctor's clinic in Dharavi which is one of the hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mumbai
Private doctor's clinic in Dharavi which is one of the hotspots of the COVID-19 pandemic in Mumbai

The states, however, have asked for relaxations in opening up restaurants, commercial centres and religious places.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said that many "historic wrongs" were corrected in Modi regime in its six years of tenure.

When Lockdown 4.0 kicked in, the MHA had said: "A limited number of activities will continue to remain prohibited throughout the country".

Further, BJP President JP Nadda said Modi had given a new direction to the country's democracy with his far-sighted policies, dedication and the spirit of team India, and people's welfare and the country's interest were reflected in every decision of the government.

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