On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a virtual meeting with the chief ministers over the lockdown extension which has been going on for the past one and a half months. During the meeting he hinted at another extension of lockdown in COVID-19 hotspots after May 3. The PM also praised the efforts made by states all over India to combat the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic.
He said collective efforts of states have helped to manage the ongoing crisis and has helped to save thousands of lives. PM Modi told the Chief Ministers, “We saw a two-stage lockdown, with strict measures in the first phase and then some relaxations in the second. Good work has been done in the states.”
The PM said that “Efforts of states should now be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones. We have to be brave and bring in reforms that touch the lives of common citizens.”
Advising all the CMs, the PM said a policy is required to exit the lockdown and asked the states to prepare state-wise exit policy in view of red, orange and green zones. “Impact of Covid-19 will remain visible in the coming months, masks and face covers will be part of life,” PM Modi warned the CMs. The CMs were advised to divide their states into red, orange and green zones.
The meeting on Monday was PM Modi’s fourth such interaction with state chief ministers since March 22 when he first spoke to them on the coronavirus situation. The meeting was attended by Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), E K Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Conard Sangma (Meghalaya) Trivendram Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Yogi Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh). Several other top officials including Amit Shah and Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also attended the meeting.