Plummeting economy..stranded migrants…unemployment and forced suicides..rounding it off, lockdown in India has been housing sharp criticism over the inefficiency of the central government to handle the crisis. Though the lockdown news came as a shock to the citizens, many took up social responsibility and supported the government’s decision. While the nation is awaiting the government to call off the lockdown on May 3rd, is Modi and team looking for Lockdown 3.0..?
It seems to be a yes, with the hints being dropped by the Home Ministry from the past few days. Hinting that India is staring at yet another extension, Home ministry on Wednesday announced considerable relaxations to people and services in many districts. In a series of tweets, the Union Home Ministry discursively stated that the country has been tremendous gains and improvement in the COVID-19 situation due to the lockdown till now.
Adding to this, the states have taken it upon themselves to prove that they are doing the best job and would like to come out as winners. However, the state governments were also learnt to send signals to the central government to restrain the lockdown to containment zones which would help the crippling revenue sources.
While speculations are still going on, the Telangana government has already extended the lockdown till May 7 while the Punjab government extended it for two more weeks beyond May 3. In the wake of which, the home ministry on Wednesday allowed movement of migrant workers, students, tourists and other people with certain conditions.