Prime Minister Narendra Modi Held Video Conferencing With Chief Ministers:-
The government is going to extend the lockdown for two weeks across the country. Just a formal announcement is awaited. The indications came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with chief ministers on Saturday for nearly four hours. Soon after the meeting, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted – “The Prime Minister has taken the right decision to increase the lockdown”. However, when the announcement to increase the lockdown will be announced is not clear yet. After Kejriwal’s tweet, it was said in media reports that the Prime Minister himself would announce this by addressing the country, but government sources made it clear in a short time that on Saturday night, Modi would not have an address to the nation.
Like Delhi, 12 state governments want to increase the lockdown. The Congress government of Punjab and the BJD government of Odisha have already decided to extend the lockdown till April 30. Other states have also suggested the Modi government to extend the lockdown for at least two weeks. Similar views emerged when the Prime Minister on Saturday held a third meeting in 21 days through video conferencing with the Chief Ministers. At least 10 Chief Ministers asked the Prime Minister to increase the lockdown. In this meeting, Modi was seen wearing a “Gamcha” like a mask. Earlier, Modi had held video conferencing with the Chief Ministers on March 20 and April 2 as well. The 21-day nationwide lockdown period implemented to prevent Corona infection ends on April 14. It is believed that the lockdown can be extended across the country by 30 April. Modi in his second address on March 24 announced a 21-day lockdown.
In This Meeting Through Video Conferencing, PM Modi-Said- Jaan Hai To Jahan Hai:-
In the meeting, the Prime Minister told the Chief Ministers – “I am available on the phone twenty-four hours, seven days. Any Chief Minister can suggest to me anything. “He said,” Jaan hai to Jahan hai. When I gave a message to the nation, it was initially emphasized that to save the life of every citizen, following lockdown and social distancing is very important. Most of the people of the country understood this and lived in homes and performed their duties. Now for the bright future of India, it is necessary to pay attention to both aspects of life, the world too, for a prosperous and healthy India. Our fight against Corona will become stronger when each person of the country will fulfill his responsibilities, taking care of both life and the world, and follow the guidelines of the government and the administration.
Kejriwal Said – We Will Lose Everything If The Lockdown Ends:
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said- India’s position is better than many developed countries of the world because we had done lockdown long back. If the lockdown is over now, we will lose everything.
Kejriwal And Amarinder Singh Suggested To The Center:-
- Modi asked the Chief Ministers for suggestions on increasing the category of essential services being provided during the lockdown and exempting people for some other services. He said that we all have to work shoulder to shoulder to deal with this pandemic. Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra) and Captain Amarinder Singh (Punjab) demanded the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown by 30 April
- Kejriwal made two suggestions. First, the decision to continue the lockdown should be taken at the national level. This will not be effective if the states decide to increase the lockdown at their level. Second, if the lockdown is removed for any reason, transport services should not be restored.
- Captain Amarinder Singh suggested exempting industries and the agriculture sector from lockdown. He also demanded to provide additional testing kits for his state.
Central Government May Make Some Changes In Lockdown:-
- According to government sources, the lockdown is expected to go ahead with some changes. Restrictions will continue in states except for essential services. School-colleges and shrines are also likely to remain closed.
- Due to the lockdown, the economy of the country is suffering a great loss, some sectors may be exempted from the lockdown on the condition of following social distancing. At the same time, the RBI in its report expressed the possibility of a rapid recovery in the economy amid the Corona crisis. The aviation sector has been the worst affected by the lockdown. In such a situation, the government may allow airline companies to start flights, but they will have to keep the middle seats vacant in all classes.