Prime Minister Narendra Modi today
interacted with Chief Ministers of states via video conferencing to discuss measures to
Prime Minister thanked the states for
supporting the decision of lockdown due to which India has achieved some
success in limiting the spread of COVID-19. He praised how all the States have
worked together as a team to check the spread of the virus. He however
forewarned that the global situation remains far from satisfactory and informed
about speculations of a possible second wave of spread of the virus in some
The PM outlined that the common goal for
the country is to ensure minimum loss of life. In the next few weeks, testing,
tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the areas of focus. He
highlighted the necessity of maintaining supply of essential medical products,
availability of raw material for manufacture of medicines and medical equipment.
He said it is necessary to ensure availability of separate, dedicated hospital
facilities for COVID-19 patients. To increase the availability of doctors, he
asked the States to tap into the resource pool of AYUSH doctors, organize
online training and utilize para-medical staff, NCC and NSS volunteers.
Underscoring the importance of
coordinated action and the need to avoid overlaps in efforts of stakeholders,
Prime Minister talked about the need of setting up Crisis Management Groups at
district level and appointment of District Surveillance Officers. He said that
data must be taken from the accredited labs for testing – this will ensure
congruence in data of district, state and centre. He said it is necessary to
ensure staggered release of funds to the beneficiaries under PM Garib Kalyan
Yojana to avoid crowding at banks.
Prime Minister said that considering
that this is the time to harvest crops, the government has given some
relaxation from lockdown but it is necessary to continuously monitor and
maintain social distancing as much as possible. He asked the states to think of
other platforms for procuring grains apart from APMC, and explore the
possibility of creating pooling platforms for rural areas, like that in ride
sharing apps, which can be used for this purpose.
The Chief Minister thanked the Prime
Minister for his leadership, continuous guidance and support in this time of
crisis. They appreciated the Prime Minister for taking the bold and timely
decision of Lockdown which has helped check the spread of the virus in the
country. They mentioned their efforts of maintaining social distancing,
tracking suspect cases, identifying and quarantining suspect cases arising from
Nizamuddin Markaz, containing community transmission, boosting up of 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. The States
spoke about the importance of mobilising resources, financial as well as
medical, to mitigate the crisis.
Prime Minister thanked the Chief
Ministers for their suggestions and also for apprising about the situation on
the ground. He said it is imperative to work on war footing, identify hotspots
of the virus, encircle them and ensure that the virus does-not spread out. He
said that it is pertinent to maintain peace and law & order across the
country. He added that COVID-19 has attacked our faith and belief and is
threatening our way of life. He appealed to the leaders to reach out to
community leaders and social welfare organizations at state, district, town and
block levels to build up a united front based on community-approach in the
battle against the pandemic.
Prime Minister said that it is important
to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the
population once Lockdown ends. He asked the States to brainstorm and send
suggestions for the exit strategy. He reiterated the importance of social
distancing in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
Union Home Minister talked about 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 apprised the
dignitaries of the rise in number of cases in India, spread of cases from
Nizamuddin Markaz, preparations to tackle medical cases arising out of further
spread of the virus and need to break transmission chain in the districts with
high number of confirmed cases.
Union Defence Minister, Health Minister,
Principal Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary and DG ICMR also
participated in the interaction. Along with the Chief Ministers, the Home
Minister, Health Minister, Chief Secretary, Home Secretary and Health Secretary
of the respective states also attended the video conference.