- 20 May 2021
PM Modi held his 4th video conference with Chief Ministers and Administrators of States and Union territories to discuss the prevailing situation and future course of action on handling the situation of COVID-19 pandemic. PM outlined that the impact of corona virus will remain visible in the coming months with masks and face covers as part of our life. Most of the states suggested for extension of lockdown with relaxations to economic activities, and easing out the lockdown in phased manner.
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The video conference was also attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry. Keral CM Pinarayi Vijayan did not attend the conference, however, Kerala government had sent their suggestions in writing.
PM hailed the states for their good administration and better handling of the crisis, but also said that war from COVID-19 is far from over. PM said that lockdown has yielded positive results and we have managed to save thousands of lives in past one and half months. PM highlighted that our aim should be rapid response and the mantra of “Do Gaj Doori” should be followed. He said that states should make efforts to convert the red zones into orange zones and thereafter to green zones. He weighed on the importance of being brave, to bring reforms that touch the lives of common citizens. PM said that we have to give importance to the economy as well as continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.PM also emphasized on the importance of use of the Aarogya Setu app.
Union Home Minister reaffirmed the need to enforce lockdown so that maximum lives are saved.
The Chief Ministers praised the leadership of the Prime Minister during this period of crisis. They also highlighted the efforts undertaken by them in containing the virus. They talked about the need of addressing the economic challenges and ways to further boost health infrastructure. The leaders hailed police force and medical staff for the exemplary work done by them in the fight against COVID-19.
What the Chief Ministers said:
● Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy sought help from Centre for personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other medical equipment. He also asked for financial aid and grants to fight Covid-19 and starting of industries post lockdown.
● Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said that he will continue with the lockdown in the state even after May 3 with restrictions on inter-state and inter-district movement and relaxation for medical emergencies and essential services.
● Goa CM said that lockdown should be extended, but economic activities shall be allowed.
● Mizoram’s CM talked about how honestly they are following lockdown and said that they will continue to support the Union Government.
● Uttarakhand’s CM batted for starting business and trade activities should start in a phased manner with all precautionary measures.
● Himachal CM said that they are now in a position to start economic activities. He said that the decision over the lockdown should be taken in consultation and consideration of other states.
● Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said that “we are ready for any situation related to COVID-19 and we will follow the guidelines from centre. He said, barring the containment zones, we have started industries and trade activities, with over 4 lakh people involved”. He added that farming activities have been started with guidelines. We have started online classes for higher classes, he added.
● Odisha’s Naveen Patnaik said the national lockdown should continue but important activities should be allowed. He said public gatherings, religious and educational institution must be completely stopped and urged for economic activities within the states only.
● Gujarat CM said that “we have ramped up our facilities in the last 10 days and all positive cases are being treated. Door to door testing continues in hotspot areas of the State. We are increasing beds in Covid care centre. We have adequate medical facilities to tackle the challenge of Covid-19.