Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold marathon meetings with chief ministers on Tuesday and Wednesday to review strategies to tackle covid and to decide on extent of economic activity to be allowed in future.
Modi will on Tuesday meet the chief ministers and top officials of 21 states and Union territories, which account for only 5% of total cases in India. His second meeting, by contrast, is with the chief ministers of a handful of states that not only account for the most covid-positive cases but have also been hit by the exodus of daily wage workers.
Tuesday’s meeting will be attended by representatives of six Union territories, North Eastern states and Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, among others, according to a list shared by the Prime Minister’s Office last week. The worst affected of these states are Assam, which has a total of 4,000 total cases, Punjab with over 3,000 cases, and Kerala with over 2,400 cases.
- The Narendra Modi surge in the number of covid-19 cases comes as the Indian government on 31 May announced measures to slowly ease restrictions and allow economic activity.
- Prime Minister Modi last interacted with chief ministers on 12 May to review the coronavirus outbreak related developments.
- Prime minister Narendra Modi is to meet state chief ministers in two batches next week on 16 and 17 June, a person familiar with the development said on Friday. This comes against the backdrop of novel coronavirus cases in the country crossing the 300,000 mark and India overtaking Britain to reach the fourth spot in the list of countries with most covid-19 cases.
- Prime Minister conducted a review of the Kedarnath Math development and reconstruction project with the Uttarakhand state government via video conferencing, in Dehradun on Wednesday