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PM-CM meeting: PM hints lockdown extension, urges CMs to share broad lockdown strategy by May 15

PM Modi urged all the CMs to share a broad strategy by May 15th on how each one of them would want to deal with the lockdown in their respective states.

May 12, 2020 13:17 IST
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PM Narendra Modi held a video conference with all the Chief Ministers of states and union territories on May 11, 2020 to discuss the way ahead for India in its battle against COVID-19. This was the fifth meeting of the Prime Minister with all the Chief Ministers since the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Prime Minister began the discussion by pointing out how India has managed to identify the geographical spread of the pandemic, including the worst affected areas and how officials have understood operating procedures in a time such as this, right up to the district level.

The Prime Minister highlighted that this understanding of the spread of coronavirus will help the country in having a focused fight against it and therefore, we can now further focus our strategy in this battle against coronavirus.

PM’s address to CMs: Key Highlights

•  PM Modi highlighted that India is faced with a two-fold challenge:

1. To reduce the transmission rate of the disease

2. To increase public activity gradually, while adhering to all the guidelines

•  The Prime Minister assured that the government will work towards achieving both these objectives.

•  He further emphasised that efforts should be made to stop the spread of the COVID-19 to rural areas.

•  PM Modi stated that the suggestions made by the States for a road map on the economy have been given due consideration.

•  He further thanked the Chief Ministers for their proactive role in the nation’s battle against COVID-19 and for their valuable suggestions.

Post Corona World

Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that we all must understand that the world has fundamentally changed post COVID-19. He stated that the world will be pre-Corona, post-Corona just like in the case of the World Wars. This will require significant changes in how people function.

PM Modi stated that the new way of life would be based on the principle of “Jan Se lekar Jag Tak”, from an individual to the whole of humanity. He emphasised that we all must plan for the new reality.

PM reaffirms importance of “Do Gaz Ki doori”

The Prime Minister stated that while we are looking at a gradual withdrawal of the lockdown, we should remember that till we do not find a vaccine or a solution, the biggest weapon to the fight the virus is social distancing.

PM Modi reiterated the significance of ‘Do Gaz Ki Doori’ and added that night curfew suggestion raised by many CMs would help reaffirm the feeling of caution among people.

PM hints at lockdown extension

During the discussion, the Prime Minister urged all the Chief Ministers for specific feedback regarding the lockdown. He urged all the CMs to share a broad strategy by May 15th on how each one of them would want to deal with the lockdown in their respective states.

The Prime Minister wants the states to make a blueprint on how to deal with various nuances during and after the gradual easing of the lockdown. He said that an all-encompassing approach will be needed to deal with various challenges that will arise before us.

He pointed out that with the onset of Monsoon, there will be many other non-COVID-19 diseases, for which the government will need to prepare its medical and health systems.  He further stated that policy makers will need to figure out to embrace new models of teaching and learning in the education sector.

Easing of Restrictions

The Prime Minister reassured that he saw the potential for domestic tourism but the governments will need to think of the contours of the same. He further stated that he is with a firm view that the measures needed in the first phase of lockdown were not needed during the second phase and similarly the measures required in the third phase will not be needed in the fourth.

Resumption of passenger train services

PM Modi noted that the resumption of train services was needed to revive the economic activity but added that all the routes will not be resumed. The Prime Minister highlighted that only a limited number of trains would be allowed to operate. 

Chief Ministers' suggestions 

The State/UT Chief Ministers appreciated the leadership of the Prime Minister in the country’s fight against COVID-19 and highlighted the need to strengthen the country’s medical and health infrastructure.

Many CMs pointed out that with the return of migrants, there is a need to focus on stricter implementation of the social distancing protocol, usage of masks and sanitization to curb the spread of fresh infection, especially in rural areas.

They also highlighted the compulsory quarantining of stranded Indians returning from abroad. The Chief Ministers also sought support to MSMEs, Infrastructure projects like Power, easing of interest rates on loans and assured market access to the agricultural produce.

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