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MHA dilutes provision on use of Aarogya Setu app

On May 24, MHA revised guidelines dropped the provision. However, the use of app will be “mandatory” in “exceptional cases” where receiving state permits home quarantine for 14 days.

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  • “Indian nationals who were quarantined in hotels after their return from abroad were made to pay advance for 14 days. Since they can now leave for home quarantine after 7 days, the amount...for remaining 7 days needs to be refunded.”

    MHA had issued revised guidelines on May 24 for international passengers arriving on special flights and naval ships as part of the Vande Bharat mission. The May 5 guidelines had said mandatory 14-days quarantine and States were asked to make arrangements.

    In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said inter-state movement of doctors and paramedics should be facilitated wherever required. There have been reports of health care services being affected in some places including in the national capital after neighbouring states closed down inter-state borders and barred movement of medical workers.

    The Centre on Thursday said violation of the nationwide lockdown has been noticed in various places and asked the states to ensure strict im...

    In a communication to the chief secretaries of the states and Union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the guidelines for the fourth phase of the lockdown were issued after taking the views of the states, following a video-conference held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with chief ministers on May 11.

    ​​ In a communication to chief secretaries of all state governments and union territory administrations, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said under the new guidelines effective from Monday, states and UTs will now categorise red, orange and green zones taking into consideration the revised guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

    MHA directed the states and UTs to widely disseminate the arrangements for travel in special buses, shramik special trains amongst the migrant workers and persuade, counsel them that they should not be walking when they can travel in buses and trains.

    The reconstitution of the groups, first created on March 29 under the Disaster Management Act, was necessitated as some members either retired, appointed or were transferred from their earlier posting.

    MHA issues new guidelines for lockdown 5.0. Lockdown extended till 30th June only in containment zones. Non-containment zones to be re-opene...

    Empowerment of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) with extra territorial jurisdiction and declaration of Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim. as terrorists after amendment of law were also termed as the achievements by the MHA, headed by Home Minister Amit Shah.

    The Union Home Ministry had earlier written to all state governments to ensure smooth movement of trucks and goods carriers irrespective of essential or non-essential cargo carried by them.

    A Delhi government official said that non-essential shops will be allowed to open, but not in coronavirus containment zones. "No activity will be allowed in containment zones," the official said.

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