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Lockdown 5.0 | No curtailment of economic activities across sectors post May 31: Report

Economic activities across all sectors are likely to resume, within guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs

May 30, 2020 / 03:57 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an employment scheme for migrant workers on June 20, saying that during COVID-19 enforced lockdown the talent from cities returned to villages and it will now give a boost to development in rural areas. Launching the 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan', Modi said there are some people who might not appreciate efforts of villagers in the fight against coronavirus but he applauds them for their efforts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an employment scheme for migrant workers on June 20, saying that during COVID-19 enforced lockdown the talent from cities returned to villages and it will now give a boost to development in rural areas. Launching the 'Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan', Modi said there are some people who might not appreciate efforts of villagers in the fight against coronavirus but he applauds them for their efforts.


There will be no curbs on economic activities post lockdown 4.0, which ends on May 31, top government sources have told CNN-News18.

Speaking to the channel on ‘rebooting India’, the sources said that economic activities across all sectors are likely to resume, within guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

The report said that the Centre is looking at setting up a ‘minimum baseline of restrictions’, which cannot be negated by states, but states will have freedom to add existing riders on top of what is already mandated by the Centre.

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The government is cognizant of concerns that opening up of the economy is responsible for the spike in COVID-19 cases, but sources indicated that “in lockdown 5.0 there cannot be any going back. Both health and economy have to go side-by-side.”

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The sources added that while focus will be on red zones and containment zones, where the government will continue restrictions, companies may be encouraged to “shift or relocate, but not stop activities.”

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first published: May 30, 2020 03:57 pm

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