Last updated on 12 August 2020
PM Modi-CMs meet : States seek lockdown extension, demand GST, autonomy in dealing with Covid-19
- PM Modi stressed on balanced, focused strategy to fight Covid-19
- Unlike previous meets all CMs had time to talk
- Many states were against the resumption of train, flight services.
Monday Prime Minister hold a meeting with all CMs to discuss about the lockdown extension and to start the economic activity.
All CMs were given proper time to share their view by PM Modi, in meeting Home Minister Amit Shah and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh were also present.
India will have to devise and implement a “balanced strategy” to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, and the biggest challenge for the country will be to ensure that the infection does not spread to villages,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told chief ministers
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa proposed that the district-wise classification of Red, Orange and Green Zones be done away with. He said that only containment zones should be identified and strictly cordoned off and a perimeter of 50-100 meters around known clusters may be declared as containment zones. He suggested that commercial activities including public transport should be allowed in non-containment zones.
He also requested the Centre to determine the minimum number of tests per million to be carried out in each state.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal recommended that economic activity should be allowed to resume everywhere in the national capital except containment zones.
Assam has asked that the lockdown be extended for two more weeks and that inter-state movement is stopped.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said that the Centre should devise a lockdown policy carefully as cases are expected to peak in June-July. He asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show “specific and concrete direction” on the ongoing lockdown.
Thackeray said that deployment of the Central forces will give rest to police personnel in Maharashtra who are exhausted due to Covid-19 duty. The Maharashtra CM also requested PM Modi to start local trains in Mumbai for essential services staff working in the city.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday urged that panchayats are involved in the fight against Covid-19.
Advocating a greater role for local bodies in the battle against the coronavirus, the chief minister said the Union government may modify existing schemes to incentivise and actively involve Panchayati Raj institutions in Covid-19 management.
Emphasising on the need for adopting a “decentralized mechanism” to strengthen the process of containing the spread of the coronavirus, the Odisha chief minister said a smaller area instead of an entire district should be classified as a red, orange or green zone on the basis of the severity of the disease.
Few of the Chief Minister will meet tomorrow 12/05/2020 and final decision of this meeting will take on the same date.