Coronavirus India: PM Modi interacts with CMs to chalk out post-lockdown strategy, CMs seek relaxations for economic revival

27 April, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

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Coronavirus India: In a video interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, Chief Ministers of different states were in favour of extending the lockdown but also demanded relaxations for...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday interacted with the chief ministers different states via video conferencing on COVID-19 situation and chalk out the post-lockdown plan. Chief Ministers of 9 states, primarily, Meghalaya, Puducherry, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha, Bihar and Gujarat expressed their views on lifting the lockdown after May 3.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma weighed in favour of extending the lockdown post May 3. He said the state would like to continue lockdown post May 3 with relaxation on activities in green zones and non-COVID-19 affected districts. Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy said that they want to permit industrial work to begin after May 3. He also sought financial aid, PPEs and other medical equipment from centre.

The Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh Trivendra Singh Rawat and Jairam Thakur also expressed their eagerness to permit businesses and industries to open in a phased manner. Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat said that economic revival is the key to move forward and they should work towards bringing normalcy into people’s lives. On the meeting of CMs with PM Modi, Uttarakhand CM Office later said that a committee of ministers and experts has been formed for the economic revival of the state. CM Trivendra Singh Rawat has also suggested increasing the duration of MNREGA wage employment from 100 days to 150 days.

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Himachal Pradesh CM Trivendra Singh, on the other hand, said that decision to relax the lockdown should be taken after considering the issues of other states as well. Mizoram CM Zoranthanga expressed they would go with what the Centre’s decides after May 3.

Other chief ministers who also marked their presence in the meeting were Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal, Tamil Nadu CM E K Palaniswami and Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb. Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir GC Murmu and Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh RK Thakur also attended the meeting.

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In the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasised that the lockdown has helped in curbing the spread of coronavirus in the country and save thousands of lives in the past few months. India has a large population as compared to other countries and it is important to prioritise economy along with the fight against coronavirus. Highlighting the importance of technology, PM Modi also said that more and more people should download Aarogya Setu app to strengthen India’s fight against coronavirus.

Addressing the issue of bringing back Indian citizens who are currently overseas, PM Modi said that it needs to be done without causing them any kind of inconvenience and putting their families’ health at risk. He also warned the state heads to consider factors like the changes in weather and illnesses that come in this weather while strategising ahead. On the way ahead, PM Modi said that the impact of coronavirus will be seen in the  months to come in the form of masks and face covers, which will become a part of our life.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan skipped the meeting but submitted his suggestions in writing. Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose attended the meeting in place of him.

Soon after the meeting, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee promised to extend all possible help of people of Bengal struck in different parts of the country due to lockdown. She tweeted that nobody from Bengal should feel helpless till the time she is here.

The ongoing lockdown in the country, which is called Lockdown 2.0, will come to an end on May 3. Now, all eyes are on the Centre to know whether the lockdown will come to end on May 3 or will pave way for Lockdown 3.0. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has jumped up to 27,892. Out of the 27,892 cases, there are 20,835 active cases, 6184 cured/discharged/migrated and 872 deaths.

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