The shift comes in view of the steep decline in cases across the country in the past few weeks and significant capacity-building at the state- and Union Territory-levels for dealing with all aspects of Covid containment and control.
The decision to do away with a national action plan and Covid restrictions, however, does not dispense with the need to continue observing safety protocols, such as wearing of masks and hand hygiene, as well as adherence to other guidelines issued by the health ministry from time to time.
Home secretary Ajay Bhalla, in a letter sent to all states and Union territories, informed them of the NDMA’s decision to discontinue the issue of orders and guidelines under the DM Act.
“Over the last 24 months, significant capacities have been developed for various aspects of management of the pandemic, such as diagnostics, surveillance, contact tracing, treatment and vaccination, hospital infrastructure and the general public has a much higher level of awareness on Covid-appropriate behaviour. States and UTs have also developed their own capacities and systems and implemented their detailed state/UT specific plans for managing the pandemic,” Bhalla elaborated.