Need a plan for 'staggered' movement of people after lockdown ends: PM Modi to states
New Delhi : The Central and State governments must have a common plan to ensure staggered movement of people after lockdown in India ends on April 14, PM Narendra Modi told Chief Ministers via a video conference on April 2, 2020.
"It is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends," PM Modi emphasised, according to a statement giving details of the interaction. He has asked states to make a plan and share it with him.
In the video conference, PM Modi also mentioned that it cannot be like a usual business and certain measures would be needed to ensure the safety of people. States must enforce the lockdown "seriously", he said, urging them to stick to social distancing.
States have been advised to mark the hotspots in their region and identify the victims to contain the virus spread.
The focus for the next few weeks must be testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine, the Prime Minister told states.
He mentioned that the primary goal is minimum loss of life as there is a global fear of second wave of coronavirus in some countries. Nine chief ministers participated in the meeting, which was conducted by Home Minister Amit Shah. PM Modi, Mr Shah and other ministers sat far apart from one another inside a large hall.
Some of the Chief Ministers claimed that they got no response over the requirement of funds they raised to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in their regions.
Till the time of video conference, India had recorded 1965 coronavirus patients and 50 deaths.