Will lockdown end? PM Narendra Modi to hold COVID-19 meeting with Chief Ministers to decide exit

With just about a week left for the ongoing phase of COVID-19 lockdown to end, PM Narendra Modi will be meeting chief ministers of various states to discuss the exit from nationwide lockdown.

New Delhi: With just about a week left to go for the current coronavirus lockdown to end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding a meeting with chief ministers of various states starting 3 pm on Monday. According to sources, the focus of the meeting will be on increasing the economic activity after exiting lockdown 3.0 on May 17.

“PM Narendra Modi to hold the 5th meeting via video-conference with state Chief Ministers tomorrow (Monday) afternoon at 3 p.m.,” PMO India tweeted on Sunday.

This will be PM Modi’s fifth meeting with CMs after the lockdown was imposed in the country on March 24.

The meeting will be held in two phases – the first phase will take place between 3-5.30 pm and the second phase between 6-8 pm.

The meeting will focus on the resumption of economic activities post-May 17 and the tracking of the pandemic in containment zones.

Earlier, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting with state secretaries and health secretaries and reviewed the status of coronavirus in respective states and union territories. According to agency reports citing sources, the state secretaries, while underlining the importance of protection against COVID-19, stressed that the economic activities needed to be brought back on track.

Expect more concessions in green, orange zones

According to officials, the next phase of the lockdown/ exit from lockdown 3.0 will come with more concessions, however, the situation in hotspots and containment zones is not likely to change.

In the first week of May, when the lockdown was extended till May 17, the government had announced certain relaxations in the green and orange zones. The government had also allowed certain industries to begin operations with 33 per cent strength. Liquor shops have also been allowed to remain operational in most states, with exceptions, where the states have imposed restrictions on their operations due to violation of social distancing norms.

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