16 CMs, one stage, one subject: This is what chief ministers stated on coronavirus at E-Agenda Aaj Tak

India’s battle towards the novel coronavirus is being fought at a number of ranges. Whereas the Centre is planning, the states are implementing. To make clear how states are dealing with the Covid problem, Aaj Tak organised a historic conclave the place an unprecedented variety of chief ministers participated.

Sixteen chief ministers joined the Aaj Tak workforce on Saturday to debate the challenges they’re dealing with in controlling the outbreak, the issues being confronted by folks affected by the lockdown and the uphill job of restoring the economic system as soon as the pandemic is over.


As India begins staggered exit from the nationwide lockdown, the revival of the economic system has grow to be the most important space of concern for all chief ministers. The state leaders who to Aaj Tak on Saturday raised issues over the extreme and deep injury the Covid-19 restrictions have triggered.

Uttar Pradesh: CM Yogi Adityanath stated that his authorities has ensured that individuals don’t endure as a result of nationwide lockdown. He stated that the state authorities has ensured that farmer crops are being procured on the proper MSP and if the crops have been destroyed as a consequence of rain and hail, the reduction is being supplied with 48 hours.

Madhya Pradesh: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has claimed that his state has offered employment to lakhs of employees throughout coronavirus lockdown after taking oath in March. He stated the state is guaranteeing that the economic system is kickstarted earlier than lockdown is totally lifted.

Rajasthan: Expressing concern over the injury attributable to the lockdown, CM Ashok Gehlot stated the economies of states have been “utterly destroyed” and they’re now depending on the Centre.

He stated, nonetheless, luckily, the unfold of Covid-19 is comparatively much less in villages. “Many of the handicraft employees are based mostly in villages. They’ve been working throughout this era. The federal government too will present some provisions for his or her employment. Lockdown has destroyed the economic system. It is going to take six months to a 12 months to revive the economic system,” Ashok Gehlot stated.

Punjab: CM Amarinder Singh additionally echoed Ahosk Gehlot’s opinion and stated that the states want financial help from the Centre to win the struggle towards coronavirus. He stated not solely Punjab however the whole nation wants to maneuver ahead within the route of restarting the nationwide economic system.

Delhi: In the meantime, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal claimed that the nationwide capital is able to take care of any additional spike in Covid-19 instances and urged the Centre to reopen Delhi for enterprise. He expressed dissatisfaction over the Centre’s resolution to classify all Delhi districts beneath crimson zone.

“Sadly whole Delhi has been declared a crimson zone. I hoped that solely the containment zones will likely be put beneath strict laws and remainder of the Delhi will likely be opened for financial actions,” he stated, including that opening Delhi for enterprise may also present jobs to migrant employees who might then determine towards returning to their villages.

Arvind Kejriwal additionally recommended that the federal government can undertake the odd-even coverage for opening retailers in areas outdoors containment zones.

The companies throughout the nation have been deeply affected by the lockdown imposed to arrest novel coronavirus (PTI)

Uttrakhand: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat highlighted the losses incurred by the tourism business, which is taken into account to be one of many main sources of income for the state. Talking on the problem, Rawat stated, “Nothing might be stated about when the scenario will grow to be regular. We’ll now attempt to capitalise on the winter season. Uttarakhand has good potential to advertise winter tourism. We’ll attempt to prolong the winter season tourism from 3-Four months at current to 12 months.”

Goa: Coronavirus outbreak occurred in India at a time that’s the peak season of tourism in Goa. Highlighting the issues confronted by the sector, Goa Chief Minister Promod Sawant stated that the tourism has been hit badly however because the state has been capable of beat novel coronavirus, vacationers could be welcome after the lockdown lifts.

Meghalaya: Whereas most states anxious concerning the financial losses the lockdown has introduced, the Meghalaya CM noticed a possibility. “There isn’t any doubt it is a disaster however each disaster might be was a possibility,” CM Conrand Sangma stated. Talking at E-Agenda Aaj Tak, Sangma stated the North East’s relative success in controlling the transmission of Covid-19 ought to assist put it up for sale as a protected zone for tourism. “Meghalaya and North East might be marketed as protected zones for tourism. Folks need to journey however to locations that aren’t too crowded. We are able to promote the North East in that manner,” he stated.


Hundreds of thousands of Indians college students, labourers, working professionals, sufferers are caught outdoors their houses because the announcement of a nationwide lockdown on March 24. Because the lockdown will get further extensions, the migrants develop extra stressed. Now, even because the Centre has allowed states to carry stranded folks again, the priority over logistics and contemporary outbreaks of the novel coronavirus in receiving states stay prime points.

Right here’s what the chief ministers stated on the subject:

Uttar Pradesh: On the migrant disaster, CM Yogi Adityanath stated that the state authorities has efficiently introduced again 15,000 college students from Kota in Rajasthan. For remainder of the stranded folks, the state has requested Centre to run particular trains from numerous states. All of the returning migrants are being stored in quarantine centres, CM Adityanath stated. He additionally appealed to folks to not attempt strolling again residence because the state is arranging transport.

Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated other than bringing stranded folks again, the state is offering jobs to employees. “As on yesterday (Could 1), there have been 9 lakh employees employed beneath MNREGA. Now we have begun development work at large scale in inexperienced zones. Now we’re specializing in the orange zones,” stated Shivraj Singh Chouhan talking at E-Agenda Aaj Tak.

Rajasthan: CM Ashok Gehlot has demanded that the central authorities ought to pay wages to MGNREGA employees even when they do not exit to work as a result of lockdown. Gehlot stated it will assist lakhs of employees cope up with the financial hardships they’re dealing with.

Haryana: Chief Minister ML Khattar stated that whereas the Haryana residents stranded in different states will likely be introduced again, however anybody returning to the state will likely be stored in quarantine for 14 days after which examined for Covid-19. He additionally appealed to migrant employees inside Haryana to not go away and as a substitute begin working within the industries that are reopening.

Hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers have been making an attempt to get again residence by hook or criminal (PTI)

Punjab: Folks getting back from numerous states have grow to be a serious drawback for Punjab. CM Amarinder Singh stated that round 7,000 folks have come to the state from outdoors up to now two days. Round 3,500 folks got here from Maharashtra. Of them, over 200 have examined optimistic for coronavirus, he stated.

Amarinder Singh claimed that authorities in Maharashtra lied about testing folks earlier than boarding them in buses to Punjab.

On the query of migrant employees, the Punjab chief minister stated it’s a humanitarian drawback. “If migrant employees staying in Punjab need to return their houses in different states, we can’t cease them. Equally, if Punjabis residing in different states need to come again, we can’t inform them to remain the place they’re,” he stated.

He stated, “Now we have about 13 lakh migrant labourers. The business has restarted so possibly some will keep and work. But when anybody needs to go residence, they’ve the total proper to go residence.”

Arunachal Pradesh: CM Prema Khandu stated his authorities is within the strategy of guaranteeing return of migrants to the state. He stated all those that need to return residence from their working locations in different states can register themselves on the federal government web site by Friday night time.”

“We’re within the talks with the C]central authorities about easy methods to carry the migrant employees again residence,” he stated.

Jharkhand: Chief Minister Hemant Soren raised concern over the return of the migrant employees. “The actual problem earlier than the state is now as a result of tons of of migrant employees are returning residence from numerous states. They must be screened and quarantined to make sure that the virus doesn’t unfold. The state authorities has ready plans to deal with this,” Hemant Soren stated.

Hemant Soren stated that, regardless of the challenges, the state has already introduced again many individuals utilizing trains and buses. “I do not see them as labourers. I see them as my members of the family. My father got here from the working class. I perceive the struggling and onerous work. The labourers have been being pressured to roam on the streets like stray animals. They should reside with dignity and rights,” he stated.

Uttarakhand: CM Trivendra Singh Rawat stated the state authorities has acquired purposes from practically 87,000 individuals who need to return to their houses in Uttarakhand. “Practically 26,000 individuals are from Delhi alone. Now we have demanded 12 trains. Now we have demanded trains from Mumbai, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Gujarat and so on. We’re in favour of bringing folks again however we’ll comply with all medical norms,” he stated.

Himachal Pradesh: The Himachal CM additionally stated whereas the state was making preparations to carry stranded folks again, college students and employees who’re returning residence from different states will likely be put in quarantine and examined for Covd-19.

Manipur: CM Biren Singh stated he requested all MLAs within the state to arrange a listing of individuals from their constituencies who’re stranded outdoors Manipur. The CM stated that just about 40,000 folks from Manipur are stranded in numerous states. “They need to return. Nevertheless, all of them will likely be put beneath quarantine. We’re taking the help of native MLAs to arrange for this,” he stated.

Goa: CM Promod Sawant claimed that the situation of migrant employees in Goa was completely different than the remainder of the nation. Since there are not any energetic instances of coronavirus within the state, he stated, that nearly 50 per cent of the migrant employees are joyful to remain again.

Chhattisgarh: Frightened concerning the financial burden on migrant motion, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel objected the central authorities’s route that the states ought to bear the price of railway transport for motion of migrant employees stranded throughout coronavirus lockdown. He referred to as the transfer as “ridiculous”.

“That is ridiculous to ask states to pay for bringing stranded migrant employees residence. The railways belong to the central authorities and these migrant employees are Indian residents. It’s unfair to ask states to bear the price of their journey,” stated Bhupesh Baghel.


Tablighi Jamaat the non-profit group which has come to be often known as superspreader of coronavirus in India dominated the dialogue throughout E-Agenda Aaj Tak. 4 BJP chief ministers – Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, UP CM Yogi Adityanath, Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat and MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan – blamed Jamaat members for a spike in Covid-19 instances in India. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, nonetheless, differed on the subject:

Uttar Pradesh: Tablighi Jamaat was accountable for a nationwide surge in Covid-19 instances throughout the nation, CM Yogi Adityanath stated. He stated the folks linked to Tablighi Jamaat labored as “carriers” of coronavirus an infection. “What Tablighi Jamaat did was condemnable. Had they not behaved in that method, the nation would have managed the coronavirus scenario throughout the first part of lockdown,” Yogi Adityanath stated.

Haryana: CM ML Khattar blamed the coronavirus scenario in Haryana totally on motion on professionals crisscrossing Delhi-Haryana border and Tablighi Jamaat even held in Delhi in March.

Haryana has recorded 313 confirmed instances of Covid-19, of which Khattar stated, 135 got here from Tablighi Jamaat supply. And, one other 40 have been those that got here from Delhi. “Tablighi Jamaat folks have contaminated 1000’s of others throughout the nation. Round 1,400 Tablighi Jamaat followers got here to Haryana. Of them, 135 have been discovered to be optimistic,” Khattar stated.

Gujarat: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani additionally blamed the Tablighi Jamaat for spike in coronavirus instances within the state. Talking at E-Agenda Aaj Tak occasion, he stated Gujarat began seeing spike round April 15 because the “folks associated to Jamaat” hid their hyperlinks with the Markaz occasion in Delhi in March.

Rupani stated, “Ahmedabad is split into two, Outdated Ahmedabad and New Ahmedabad. New Ahmedabad has 90 per cent inhabitants and Outdated Ahemdabad has 10 per cent. However as a result of Jamaat folks hid their journey hyperlinks, Outdated Ahmedabad has reported 90 per cent of corona instances with simply 10 per cent inhabitants.”

“In Ahmedabad and Surat, the Tablighi Jamaat folks travelled extensively and hid their journey historical past. They met many individuals inflicting the wide-scale unfold of Covid-19 there,” Rupani stated.

Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan additionally blamed members of Tablighi Jamaat for hiding their journey historical past and spreading the novel coronavirus within the state.

Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, nonetheless, differed from his BJP counterparts from different states on the alleged hyperlink between Covid-19 spike in Delhi and Tablighi Jamaat occasion held in March.

Kejriwal stated it’s unfair in charge Tablighi Jamaat for a spike in coronavirus instances within the nationwide capital. “Coronavirus has unfold all around the world. If I say that had folks not come to India from outdoors, coronavirus outbreak wouldn’t have occurred right here. It’s unfair to pin the blame on one particular person or group,” he stated.

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Kamal Nath in charge for MP outbreak: Shivraj

Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan blamed his predecessor Kamal Nath for the novel coronavirus outbreak in Indore, the worst-hit metropolis within the state. He stated the Kamal Nath-led Congress authorities didn’t take any motion.

“After I turned the chief minister, a lot of Covid-19 instances have been reported from Indore on March 24. Since then, the quantity has stored rising as a result of the transmission had already unfold extensively in some localities. These localities have been reporting a lot of instances and even deaths. The Kamal Nath authorities had not taken any motion to include this,” Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated.

Rajasthan developed its personal mannequin: Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot defined how the state authorities developed its personal mannequin to struggle the novel coronavirus outbreak in one of many worst-affected states of the nation. Gehlot stated spiritual leaders and chemists performed an vital position in guaranteeing efficient struggle towards Covid-19.

“We reached out to spiritual leaders from all faiths in search of their assist in combating coronavirus. We advised all of them that this illness is tough to regulate with out folks’s help. We requested them to inform their followers to cooperate with well being employees. Initially, there was some confusion, now everyone seems to be cooperating,” stated Gehlot talking at E-Agenda Aaj Tak occasion.

Gehlot stated other than spiritual leaders and activists, chemists have been roped in as a part of the counter-Covid-19 technique. Chemists have been requested in Rajasthan to notice down the contact particulars of anyone who visits them to purchase medicine for influenza-like diseases (ILI).

He stated signs of ILI are identical as Covid-19 and this step has helped state have a greater image of coronavirus unfold in a area. Gehlot stated the much-talked-about Bhilwara mannequin stays central to the state’s struggle towards coronavirus.

He stated, “Underneath Bhilwara mannequin, we reached out to six lakh households. Some 14,000 folks have been discovered to have signs just like Covid-19. We examined them and it has labored for us.”

“We’re following what known as ruthless containment mannequin,” stated Gehlot.

Assault on frontline employees unacceptable: Punjab CM

Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh warned these attacking well being professionals or police personnel on coronavirus responsibility. Talking at E-Agenda Aaj Tak occasion, Captain Singh responded to incidents of violence in Punjab.

He stated, “Those that are breaking the legislation and attacking corona warriors, I’m very clear that very strict motion will likely be taken.”

“Ye kya samjhte hain log? Kisi police wale pe gaadi chala do, kisi ka haath kaat do Kisi par talwar nikaal lo(What do these folks assume. Run over some police personnel chop hand of another assault somebody with sword). These should not medieval occasions. That is 2020 and we’ve got strict legal guidelines. We’ll take strict motion,” Captain Amarinder Singh stated.

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Delhi fought the hardest battle towards Covid-19: Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal defended his authorities over its technique to deal with coronavirus outbreak in Delhi. He stated, “Delhi has fought the hardest battle towards corona. We’re the capital. When the remainder of the nation began with zero instances, we began with 1700-1800 instances.”

The Delhi chief minister stated there have been over 3,700 instances of Covid-19. “Of them, round 1,100 got here from Tablighi Jamaat supply and one other 700-800 from international sources,” he stated.

He stated, “Now we have accomplished pretty nicely in management. Not solely did we begin with about 1700-1800 instances, we quarantined 35,000 folks at residence. We accommodated 5000 folks at lodges and dharamshalas.”
“If we did not work nicely then, then Delhi would have had 25,000 instances. Seeing nationwide statistics, Delhi has one of many lowest demise charges. Individuals are falling sick and getting recovered and going residence,” Kejriwal stated.

Different imposed lockdown, we imposed curfew: Himachal CM

Strict vigilance and restrictions on the motion of individuals have been the 2 vital measures that helped Himachal Pradesh management its rising variety of novel coronavirus instances, stated Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Saturday.

Taking part in a particular of ‘E-Agenda Aaj Tak’, Jai Ram Thakur stated, “The largest issue that helped us management the scenario was strict vigilance. We sealed our border and whereas different states have been implementing the lockdown, we went forward and imposed curfew within the state. Even at current, there’s the curfew in Himachal Pradesh.”

How Goa managed Covid-19 outbreak

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant stated a coordinated effort by the well being division and police helped the state grow to be novel coronavirus-free in fast time. Goa has not reported a single optimistic case of Covid-19 since April 3.

Sawant stated, “Our medical groups and police labored very effectively to detect and deal with coronavirus sufferers and shield others from getting the pandemic an infection.”

Early motion helped management virus unfold: Meghalaya

Sharing how Meghalaya managed to be utterly red-zone free, CM Sangma stated that it was solely potential as a consequence of early intervention on his authorities’s half. “We imposed restrictions within the state from March 16, that enormously helped. On March 13, 12 instances have been discovered from one home, after we labored religiously on our containment technique. As we speak just one energetic case stays, the opposite 10 have recovered and one individual has died,” he stated.

The Meghalaya authorities additionally performed door-to-door testing in crimson zones, supported farmers and MNREGA employees and allowed motion of automobiles outdoors Shillong. Practically 50,000 folks have been quarantined within the state.

He additionally stated we must be ready to reside with coronavirus. “Even after Lockdown 3.0, till a vaccine will not be invented, we must preserve precautions. We must make in depth use of know-how on the stage of presidency, enterprise and society,” he stated.

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