Coronavirus – Health and Governance Issues

Is the Centre’s lockdown different from a state’s lockdown?


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level: Various provisions allowing lockdowns

Mains level: Coronovirus outbreak and its mitigation

The central government has extended the 21-day nationwide lockdown by two more weeks. Before this, some states had already ordered to extend the lockdown till the end of this month.

How do the two lockdowns differ?

Newspapers are flooded up with news on lockdowns. The two lockdowns are fundamentally different from each other. Such difference sparks a thought in the mind of question framers.

1) State lockdowns

  • As per the Constitution, subjects of law and order and public health lie with state governments.
  • Additionally, the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897, which many states have invoked to order a lockdown, empowers them to prescribe temporary regulations to prevent the outbreak and spread of disease.

2) Centre’s lockdown

  • The lockdown ordered by the centre is implemented under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
  • The Union home ministry, in compliance with the NDMAs order can issue orders for the lockdown under Section 10(2)(l) of the DMA.

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