New Delhi: At the Prime Minister’s fifth video convention with Chief Ministers of various states and Union Territories, not less than 5 states advocated an extension of the present lockdown.
However they had been outnumbered by many states and UTs who requested for extra rest when it comes to opening up the financial system whereas retaining sure restrictions.
Sources say, the states that demanded an extension included Telangana, Maharashtra, and West Bengal.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray vociferously made a pitch for the extension of the present lockdown, stating lifting it would grossly impression the state’s efforts to comprise the virus. Maharashtra has been the worst-hit with greater than 22,000 instances of Covid-19.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was believed to be in a fiery temper, additionally pitched for the extension. Punjab too is inclined in the direction of an extension given the spike in numbers after many migrants from Maharashtra reached again house. Earlier, in an unique interview to IANS, Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh blamed Maharashtra authorities’s “negligence” for Punjab’s “sufferings”.
Amarinder Singh additionally sought a nicely-crafted exit coverage and financial empowerment. He urged PM Modi that zoning must be left to states. He additionally sought fiscal assist for states to meet not less than 33 per cent of dedicated liabilities.
There had been not less than two Chief Ministers – of Telanagana and Tamil Nadu – who raised their objections to the resumption of railway providers. Both Chief Ministers Okay. Chandrasekhar Rao and E. Palaniswami claimed it would undo all of the positive factors of lockdown and the “time” for resumption of railway providers hasn’t come, but. Last evening, the Centre introduced that from May 12, it would slowly restart practice providers.
However, there have been others who demanded extra relaxations. One of them being Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy. He not solely wished rest of guidelines however demanded resumption of inter-state transport service. However, he acknowledged that Andhra Pradesh requires Rs 16,000 crore instantly to struggle Covid-19.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is believed to have advised the PM to guarantee financial actions throughout the nationwide capital save the containment zones. Interestingly, the complete Delhi comes beneath purple zone.
This was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fifth such interplay. Sources stated the main target of the assembly was on additional rising financial actions and on tackling the pandemic in containment zones because the lockdown 3.Zero is to finish on May 17.
The lockdown, enforced on March 25, was initially supposed to finish on April 14. It was then prolonged to May 3, after which once more to May 17.