Be, vigilant, focus on tracing - PM Modi, appeals Chief ministers
Interacted through video conference
Prime minister Narendra modi interacted with the chief ministers of all states in the nation and appeals them to be more vigilant on Corona cases and take steps on war foot base to control the spreading of virus. On Thursday he along with union home minister Amit Shawspoke to the CMs from New Delhi.
Modi urged the CMs of states to be
on high alert and focus on contact-tracing to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus infections in the country.
“The common goal for the country is to ensure minimum loss of life. In the next few weeks, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should be the main focus areas.
“It is necessary to ensure availability of separate, dedicated hospital facilities for covid-19 patients," the prime minister said. He asked states to tap AYUSH doctors, organise online training and utilize para-medical staff, and also deploy NCC (National Cadet Corps) and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers.
The Centre would release ₹11,000 crore from the State Disaster Relief Fund by this month and it should be used for efforts to fight the outbreak. “The funds
and grains released under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Yojana should be disbursed speedily," Modi said.
He also stressed the need to set up crisis management groups at district level and appointment of district surveillance officers. "Data must be taken from the accredited labs for testing - this will ensure congruence in data of district, state and centre."
He said the government has decided to exempt farmers and labourers from lockdown restrictions to help with the harvest of crops but added that social distancing is the need of the hour.
Modi asked the states to help out each other for procuring grains apart from depending on purchases by Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), and explore the possibility of creating pooling platforms for rural areas.
Chief ministers apprised the prime minister of the efforts to maintain social distancing, identifying and quarantining suspect cases, especially in the wake of the Nizamuddin Markaz incident, containing community transmission, boosting medical infrastructure, strengthening medical workforce, provision of tele-medicine, provision of mental health counselling, distribution of food and other essentials to those in need and taking care of migrant workers.
“It is imperative to work on war footing, identify hotspots of the virus, encircle them and ensure that the virus does not spread out. It is pertinent to maintain peace and law and order across the country.
Modi said that it is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends. He asked states to brainstorm and send suggestions for exit strategy.
During the meeting, Union Home Minister Amit Shah stressed upon the need to implement lockdown more strictly in some states and the importance of effective district level implementation of the guidelines issued by the Centre.
Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan apprised the rise in number of cases in India, spread of cases from Nizamuddin Markaz, preparations to tackle the cases, and the need to break transmission chains in districts with high number of confirmed cases.