CMs for lockdown extension with partial easing: Narayanasamy

Published: Apr 27, 2020, 4:44 pm IST
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New Delhi: Majority of states asked for continuation of lockdown and urged the central government to take the decision, said Puducherry Chief Minister Velu Narayanasamy after the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video link here on Monday.

“The general mood at the meeting was that the lockdown should continue with partial relaxation,” said Narayanasamy while addressing the media at the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) office, here, through video link.

Most Chief Ministers were of the view that as the number of coronavirus cases were rising there should be a cautious approach and the economic activities should be started slowly, he said. The Chief Ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states said the lockdown should continue, he said.

When the Chief Ministers raised the economic package issue, they didn’t get any affirmative reply from the Prime Minister who praised states for containment of Covid-19, especially Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for his experiments.

Raising the migrants’ issue, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said they should be returned to their native places by the central government. The Prime Minister didn’t respond to issue of students stranded abroad.

The Congress Chief Minister said the economic activity should be started gradually and the advances made by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) should be interest-free for a year.

The Puducherry Chief Minister said the Union Territory had only 3 coronavirus cases and over 2,000 people in self-quarantine.