Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meet with the heads of state, stated that while his government’s efforts were for everyone to stay where they are in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, certain resolves had to be altered because it was human nature to want to go home. His fifth such discussion focuses on a plan for life after lockdown (17th May).
"Before taking a considered view, this time we decided to invite all Chief Ministers to speak," said the PM.
In the recent past, the government took a vital step by permitting limited passenger train service from Tuesday, for which online bookings have already begun.
Here’s 10 points of the story:
1) Mamata Banerjee, one of the first speaker, reportedly launched an attack on the centre stating it was "using coronavirus as an excuse" to play politics. "This is not the time to do politics, don't bulldoze the federal structure," she said.
2) Tamil Nadu CM E Palanisamy suggested PM Modi not to resume flights and trains this month. Tamil Nadu, especially Chennai, has seen a surge in Covid-19 cases, he said.
3) At the same time, Andhra Pradesh’s Jagan Mohan Reddy stated that it was imperative to reopen agricultural markets, public transport, markets and shopping malls with some SOPs to prevent infections. "Normalcy will revive the economy," JM Reddy reportedly said.
5) All states have raised concerns about the crisis for migrants, stranded due to the nationwide lockdown since March-end.
6) Even after special trains started running to take migrants, students and others home, the desperation has not ended for many.
7) Economic steps to help migrants, MSMEs and to help revive consumption were also discussed.
8) States have demanded that in case of a graded exit from the lockdown based on red, orange and green zones, state will be allowed to decide where restrictions can be eased.
9) In the thick of a rise in coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, exiting the lockdown will be a difficult decision.
10) Despite the fact that the number of cases displayed a substantial increase on Monday, India also has an outstandingly improved recovery rate of 31%.