All not well between Centre & TN govt?

Some latest incidents have triggered speculations that all is not well between the Union and the Tamil Nadu governments. A few days ago, the Centre ordered the scrapping of a Rs 1,950 crore tender for the BharatNet project in Tamil Nadu stating the bidding conditions were “restrictive” and “discriminatory”.

And, on Monday night, when the Union government announced Unlock 2.0, the Tamil Nadu government announced Lockdown 6.0. Measures announced in both statements are contradictory.

In Covid-19 activities too, it is said the State government and the Central government are following different approaches. Terming it Unlock 2.0, the Centre on Monday extended the nationwide lockdown till July 31but granted further relaxations in areas outside containment zones.

Domestic flights and passenger train services that had been permitted in a limited manner since June 1as part of Unlock 1, will be further expanded in a ‘calibrated manner’, the Centre said as it issued guidelines for the next round of the nationwide lockdown.

Restrictions on running schools and colleges, metro train services will continue while limited international travel will be permitted under the Vande Bharat mission.

Though the Centre anounced that travelling would be allowed between districts and States, the Tamilnadu government has said it would not be permitted.

The Union home ministry on Monday extended the lockdown in containment zones till the end of July, but tried to minimize movement curbs to boost economic activity and allowed states to take steps based on their assessment of the situation.