The lockdown applied to combat corona virus infection can persist even after 40 days. Many states have supported continuing it even after the second phase of the lockdown ending on 3 May. In the video conference to be held with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, these Chief Ministers will demand to increase the lockdown.
However, many states say that instead of increasing the lockdown, it should be limited to only the affected areas. Actually Telangana Chief Minister K.K. Chandrasekhar Rao has announced to extend the lockdown till May 7. Delhi, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthan and Odisha have also indicated to carry it forward, while Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have done this on behalf of the Central Government. Has said to accept the decision.
Three points will be discussed in today’s meeting
Sources say that there is a three-point agenda in the fourth meeting between the PM and the CM of the states on Monday. The first is a discussion on the Corona infection review and containment steps in the states, the second is following the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines of April 20 and the third is the situation after the lockdown.
Recommendation to increase to May 16 in Delhi
Dr. SK Sarin, Chairman of the Delhi Government Committee, has recommended to extend the lockdown till 16 May. He says that the drop in the graph begins 10 weeks later. 10 weeks in Delhi are being completed on 16 May. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is not in favor of removing the lockdown simultaneously. He said, the lockdown should be removed in a phased manner and the states should have the right to decide.
Ban on hotspots only: Karnataka
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, MP Shivraj Singh Chauhan and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy are also in favor of confining the lockdown to hotspots and containment zones only. Talking about increasing lockdown in cities with hotspots. The UP government has spoken of accepting the decision of the central government, but public meetings will remain closed till 30 June.