Bhubaneswar: As the cases of Covid-19 cases are on a constant rise in the country, there has been apprehensions regarding the extension of lockdown after June 30. But this rumour has been busted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his meeting with the CMs of the States.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the CMs to chart out the final course of action to with the COVID-19 crisis.
1: When Telengana CM K.Chandrasekhar Rao pointed out to Modi that since a video-conference was scheduled between the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers, people were suspecting that a lockdown might be reimposed, Modi replied that the task before the Chief Ministers was to figure out how to go about Unlock 2.0 as the four phases of the lockdown are over and Unlock 1.0 is already implemented.
2: PM Modi clearly stated that there will be no fresh lockdowns anywhere in the country, and the Unlock process has already begun. Unlock 2.0 will start from July 1 with more economic activities and fewer restrictions. Testing will be done vigorously instead of limiting activities.
3: Raising the prickly issue of final-year examinations, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray asked the Centre to issue uniform guidelines for exams for professional and non-professional courses governed by Central Councils, which will give justice to all across the country.
4: Thackeray also urged Modi to allow the application of various treatment methods, including Remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 patients. He pointed out that a few medicines have shown positive results, and pressed for their wider use and easy availability.
5: Thackeray also pointed out that Nationalised banks should be directed to provide loans on a priority basis to farmers, while also requesting for a three months extension for the Garib Kalyan Yojana.
This was Modi’s sixth round of consultations with chief ministers on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
Saving lives should be the top priority, he said, and called for expanding health infrastructure, according to a statement.
He noted that with reduced restrictions, indicators of economic performance are showing signs of revival.
Inflation has also been kept under control, and asked states to take steps to boost infrastructure and construction-related activities.
In a word of caution, Modi referred to the rise in number of infections and underscored the need for testing, tracking, tracing and isolating COVID-19 patients to deal with the pandemic.
In India, the COVID-19 death toll has crossed the 12000 mark while the number of cases jumped by over 10,000 for the sixth day to cross another grim milestone of over 3.5 lakh cases, according to Union Health ministry data.