Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Saturday interact with chief ministers of all States and Union Territories via video conference. One of the agenda of the meeting will be to take a decision on whether the ongoing 21-day lockdown, scheduled to end on April 14, should be extended to stem the spread of coronavirus.
This would be PM Modi’s third video conference with the CMs since coronavirus outbreak in India.
Reports suggest that the Centre may extend the nationwide lockdown beyond April 14 after a number of states have recommended the same.
Earlier this week, the PM had held a meeting with all the floor leaders of various parties in Parliament through video conference and made it clear that the lockdown cannot be lifted in one go on April 14.
He, as per an official statement, told the leaders that experts, states, and district administrations have recommended lockdown extension.
Notably, Odisha on Thursday became the first state to extended the lockdown till April 30.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday confirmed that she would attend the video conference with PM Modi on April 11. “There is a meeting on April 11. I have also been invited. I will see how the discussion unfolds. We will give our opinion,” said Banerjee, who had skipped the previous meeting.
Citing reports of the Boston Consulting Group survey, which sought stringent measures, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao had earlier underlined that the lockdown is extended. Later, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had recommended phased withdrawal, if required.
Reports are doing the rounds that PM Modi may address the nation once again, on April 11 or 12, to announce the decision whether to extend lockdown or not.
The decision for enforcing three-week lockdown in India was taken as a part of the government’s strategy to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Dailyhunt