Modi to address CMs on Monday
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of states via video conference on Monday to discuss lockdown and some other issues related Corona virus pandemic and it's consequences.
"PM Narendra Modi to hold the 5th meeting via video-conference with state Chief Ministers tomorrow (Monday) afternoon at 3 p.m.," PMO India tweeted.
Sources said the focus of the meeting would be on boosting economic activities and pushing efforts to convert 'red' zones with high COVID-19 case load into 'orange' or 'green' zones.
Days after the meeting, the central government had extended the lockdown by two more weeks till May 17 to curb the spread of the virus, but gave several relaxations in economic activities and movement of people.
Several states have recently relaxed labour laws to pump up industrial activities with staggered shifts or limited staff as a fresh spike in coronavirus cases could undo the gains so far.
Monday's meeting could also discuss further relaxations as part of a graded exit from the lockdown but all restrictions are unlikely to be withdrawn in one go, the sources suggested.
The meeting comes days before the third phase of the lockdown ends on May 17.
The announcement comes after Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba chaired a meeting with Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all states and Union Territories (UTs) to review their status of COVID-19 management.