Lockdown extension the only way forward: CMs to PM


All Chief Ministers said that it would be in the best interest to extend the lockdown. "And now it is imperative to focus on both aspects, "Jaan Bhi Jahan Bhi", for India's bright future, and prosperous and healthy India", the Prime Minister told the head of the states.

The meeting between PM Modi and state Chief Ministers comes after Modi hinted on Wednesday that the lockdown, now in place till April 14, may be extended. States and Centre need to work together. He also suggested that direct marketing for farm produce can be incentivised to prevent crowding in mandis, for which model APMC laws should be reformed. He added, however, that his government was amenable to whatever decision taken by the Central government.

During the meeting, Oli asked the chief ministers to explain the problems the provincial governments faced in responding to the crisis and made them share ideas of solutions to each other, it has been learned.

He also condemned the instances of attacks on doctors and medical staff, and misbehavior with students from the North-East and Kashmir.

Prime Minister also spoke about popularizsng the Aarogya Setu app to ensure downloads in greater numbers.

"Extend the lockdown. We're we are not short on infrastructure to deal with coronavirus, but the question is of implementing policies effectively". "India has made its own effort through the app which will be an essential tool in India's fight against the pandemic", he said. If that's a frightening growth, experts say it's only just begun with at least two more weeks to endure before India emerges at the peak of this pandemic.

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Japanese automaker Toyota halted production at its auto plants in Europe, but all of its factories in China resumed work today. Meanwhile in Asia, where the disease began, the spread continues, although in China it seems for now to have passed its peak.

Hundreds of Nepalese, mostly migrant workers, are stranded along Nepal's border with India due to the lockdown over coronavirus.

During the four-hour-long meeting, the chief ministers shared their initiatives and steps taken for the control of the COVID-19 in their respective states.

Singh also pushed for increasing the supplies of required testing kits to conduct more tests in COVID-19 hotspots. She said the CSR funds are only being given to PM-CARES fund, and not to state CM fund, which is a discrimination.

Some states like the western state of Maharashtra - the worst hit by the virus and home to Mumbai - and West Bengal in east where the city of Kolkata is located extended the lockdown until the end of the month following the meeting with Modi.

In neighboring Bangladesh, where the army has been deployed across the country to enforce social distancing measures, the government on Friday extended its nationwide lockdown by 11 days to April 25.