India saw a massive increase of 7,466 new coronavirus cases on Friday, and at least 175 deaths were registered in the last 24 hours. The country has been observing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown since March 25. The fourth phase of lockdown 4.0 will end on May 31.
Shah interacts with CMs
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday talked to all chief ministers on the extension of lockdown beyond May 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19. Some state governments want more relaxation so that normalcy can be restored. Earlier, the Prime minister interacted with the chief ministers via video conference before the extension of each COVID-19 lockdown.
Here are the key points which were discussed between Amit Shah and chief ministers.
- The Union government has been consulting state governments before taking any decision regarding imposing lockdown 5.0
- During his talk with the chief ministers, Amit Shah wanted to know the concerned areas of the states.
- Shah sought to identify which sectors the states want to open up from next month.
- The Centre is expected to announce its decision on lockdown before May 31.
- All chief ministers gave their views and planning regarding the relaxations after the end of the lockdown 4.0.
- Chief ministers of several states batted in favour of the extension of the lockdown during their discussion with Amit Shah.
- Several chief ministers suggested that relaxation should be given so that economic activities can be increased.
- Amit Shah has noted their suggestions and said they would be taken into consideration.
- The Home Minister also discussed the matter of displaced workers and other stranded people.
This is the first incident during the lockdown period that the Home minister interacted with the chief ministers just before the end of another period of lockdown. But he always remained a part of all the video conferences that PM Modi held with chief ministers.
However, the Union government has partially allowed the resumption of train and flight services during the fourth phase of lockdown. An announcement of further relaxation by the Centre is on the card.