Decision on COVID lockdown should have been taken by Centre, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot



JAIPUR: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Saturday said a decision regarding the coronavirus lockdown should have been made by the Centre for better coordination among states.

In a statement, the chief minister said several states have imposed a lockdown to tackle the problem and prohibited the entry of people from other states.

“A lockdown is more needed than ever to prevent the infection spread. It is my opinion, on the basis of previous experience, the decision should have been made at the level of the Centre so that the common people, including the labourers, face minimum hardships and at the same time, there is better coordination among the states,” Gehlot said.

The Rajasthan CM also expressed concern that the infection is spreading fast in rural areas.

He said to stop the virus spread, a strict lockdown will be in place across the state from Monday.

It is the duty of every citizen to follow the guidelines, the chief minister said.

The state government has decided to implement a strict lockdown in the state from May 10 to 24.

During this period, marriage functions, intrastate movement and MGNREGA works have also been suspended.

Only shops dealing in essential items will remain open during the period.

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