PM to meet CM’s Tomorrow At 3 pm To Discuss Lockdown


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will  meet State Chief Ministers through video conferencing at 3 pm tomorrow. The meeting will be the fifth since the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus started on March 25. Sources indicated that the discussion will be held on the easing of the lockdown, which is expected to end on May 17 and the areas where restrictions might be eased. The Centre has already made it clear that the lifting of the lockdown will be phased and done slowly over a period but not in containment and hot spot zones.

The cessation of economic activities for over five weeks has hit businesses and state revenues badly. Over the last couple of weeks, most states have eased restrictions in areas that need most, including agriculture, construction activity and MNREGA works. Last week, most states also resumed the sale of liquor, a huge source of revenue.

With medical professionals indicating that eradicating coronavirus might be a long way off, the focus is now on resumption of normalcy without allowing the virus room to spread.

Several rounds of meetings have already been held on the subject, in which several union ministers and state ministers have participated.

At tomorrow’s meet, PM Modi and the Chief Ministers are also expected to discuss the issue of stranded migrants, over which a lot of concern has been expressed by states.