The lockdown was imposed in March across the country in view of the growing transition to Corona lockdown. The unlock process began after four phases of lockdown. From August 1, the country will be entering third stage of unlock about which negotiations are going on at the government level. There were speculations that Unlock-3 might get permission to open schools, but the central government has changed its mind at the last moment.
On the condition of anonymity, the official said that apart from the school, Metro service too may not be allowed to start now. Also, the owners of the gym and swimming pool may have to wait for now.
The lockdown lasting 68 days came to an end on 31 May. Subsequently, notification of Unlock-1 and Unlock-2 was issued in June and July in the country. Restrictions on many services in both stages of unlock were lifted to bring the stalled economy back on track.
On Monday, the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development consulted the states to take up schools. School Education Secretary Anit Karwal held a meeting with the Education Secretary of the states. During this time he was talked about the health and safety of students as well as the issue of cleanliness in schools.
In June, Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had said that his opinion would be sought from the parents of the children for reopening the schools, which would be sent to the Union Health Ministry and the Union Home Ministry. After interaction with the parents, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has informed the concerned departments that most of the parents are still not in favor of opening the school.