New Delhi: A day after issuing cautions to states and UTs against giving excess exemptions beyond the prescribed limit during the lockdown, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday wrote a letter to all chief secretaries of all states asking them to take strict action on violation of lockdown measures. Also Read - ‘Will blacklist People Who Violated Indian Visa Rules,’ Says MHA in New Order Over Nizamuddin Event

Writing the letter to chief secretaries of all states, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the penal provisions under the DM Act and IPC should be widely circulated. He also said that for violation of lockdown measure, actions under provisions of DM Act and IPC shall be taken by law enforcement authorities. Also Read - Will The Supply of Milk, Newspaper, Groceries be Affected During Lockdown? Read MHA’s Advisory

On Wednesday, the MHA in a communication to chief secretaries of all states and UTs, said it has been noticed that some state governments and UT administrations are allowing exceptions beyond what has been allowed under lockdown measures by the Home Ministry.

“This amounts to violation of the lockdown measures issued by MHA under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, and may defeat the overall objective of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” the MHA said in the letter.

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla further said that all the state governments and UT administrations are requested to strictly implement the lockdown measures issued by the MHA under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in letter and spirit.

In the earlier letter, the home secretary also added that based on the orders issued by the National Disaster Management Authority under Section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, he, as Chairperson of the National Executive Committee, issued an order on March 24 with directions to the ministries/ departments of government of India, Union Territories and State governments to take effective measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

As a preventive measure, the 21-day nationwide lockdown was announced on March 24 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.