Taking stock of the prevailing Covid19 situation, Prime Minister initiated the 5th video conferencing session with all the Chief Ministers of the country. In this, he appreciated the efforts of the state government in dealing with the unprecedented crisis that has befallen the country. There is a global recognition for India’s success in handling the COVID19 pandemic and Govt of India appreciates the efforts made by all state governments in this regard, says PM Modi.
- Let us stay the course as we move forward together
- We also have to ensure that rural India remains free from this crisis
- Going forward, the road ahead should be focused on reducing the spread & ensuring that all precautions are taken by people including social distancing norms by observing ‘Do Gaj Doori’
- Slowly but surely, economic activities have begun to pick up in several parts of the country. In coming days, this process will further gather steam. We must realize that fight against #COVID19 has to be more focused now
- We now have reasonably clear indication as to the geographical spread of the pandemic in India, including the worst affected areas. Moreover, over the past few weeks, officials have understood operating procedures in a time such as this, right up to the district level
In the discussions, the CMs of the southern states raised the issue of interstate train travel. “As positive cases in Chennai are showing an increasing trend, don’t permit train service up to May 31 in Tamil Nadu. I request you not to begin regular Air services till May 31”, says Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami.
Telangana CM KCR also forwarded the same view. “All the states are under massive financial burden and no state is in a stage to clear the debt to the Centre.” KCR also requested the PM to ‘reschedule’ debts that states need to pay to Centre, like the way farmer loans have been deferred.
The two chief ministers are further joined by Andhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel in opposing the move.