Prime Minister Modi interacts with Chief Ministers on COVID-19 situation
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with the Chief Ministers of various states via video conferencing. He discussed various aspects of the novel Coronavirus situation in the country. The interaction was reported to be focused on India’s next move against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Some states want restrictions under the national lockdown to be eased in regions that have not witnessed local outbreaks of COVID-19. However, states demand the places of hotspots to remain as it is. The states also said that the ban should continue on mass gatherings and educational institutions must remain closed. Interstate transport should be prohibited except in cases of enabling the movement of migrant workers with strict social distancing.
The states are also said to be expecting some kind of financial package from the Centre. Another important issue discussed during the meeting was a clearer policy on migrant workers with the chief ministers of Rajasthan, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Bihar seeking relaxation on interstate transportation for allowing stranded laborers to return home. Only nine Chief Ministers could speak due to the time constraint in the fourth meeting between Mr. Modi and chief ministers of the states.
PM’s word of heart on COVID-19
Mr. Modi on his radio programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ had appreciated the people of India for their war against the global Coronavirus pandemic. People’s roles in lockdown are yielding successful results. Prime Minister said everyone had to keep in mind that even a little carelessness or overconfidence could cause a grave risk.
Addressing the countrymen, he said that the whole world was facing a global crisis and India. No country of the world is, though, untouched by the pandemic. The situation in India is far better than the other countries because the people here are taking care of themselves. The cases in the country have reached 26,917 on Sunday. Maharashtra recorded a further rise in the number of patients amid the ongoing lockdown imposed to contain the deadly pathogen.
Apart from Chief Ministers of different states, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harshvardhan, External Affairs Minister S. Jay Shankar, and some other ministers and officials participated in the meeting.
It is to be noted that the Prime Minister has spoken to the Chief Ministers three times since the outbreak of the Coronavirus epidemic started. A complete lockdown had been imposed across the country since March 25. Earlier, its term was till April 14, but after reviewing the situation, it was decided to extend it till May 3.