On the Constitutional Validity of the Lockdown

A reader had written in asking about the constitutional validity of the lockdown, which I attempted to answer in this blog post.

Bharat Vasani and Samiksha Pednekar, writing in the Bloomberg Quint, help us understand just how the lockdown was enforced:

Constitutionally, the state government is empowered to deal with matters related to public order and public health, listed in the state list Entry 1 and 6, respectively. However, Entry 29 of the Concurrent List empowers the central and state governments to legislate on matters pertaining to the prevention of an infectious or contagious disease spreading from one state to another.

There is much more at the link, all worth reading if you are interested in the legal aspects of the lockdown.

Also, and this is important:

Here is the link, and if you ask me, this is worth a bookmark.

Links you might like to read about India and the corona virus

Prachi Singh, Shamika Ravi and Sikim Chakraborty run the numbers on India’s health infrastructure, and the results are less than perfect:

In this piece we focus on availability of government hospital beds for major states in India. Using data from National Health Profile–2019, we observed that there are 7,13,986 total government hospital beds available in India. This amounts to 0.55 beds per 1000 population. The elderly population (aged 60 and above) is especially vulnerable, given more complications which are reported for patients in this age group. The availability of beds for elderly population in India is 5.18 beds per 1000 population.

The Print has an analysis of the people in the taskforce handling the crisis at the very top.

The Ken had a story some days ago about testing in India (you’ll need to sign in to read it). Hopefully, the situation is better now.

Jean Dreze has some suggestions about tackling the economic impact of the lockdown, particularly the poorest sections of Indian society.

as does Reetika Khera.