Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday chaired a fresh round of consultation with chief ministers on ways to strengthen the Covid-19 containment strategy and stepping up of economic activities in a calibrated manner as the 54-day nationwide lockdown nears an end.
The Prime Minister held an extensive meeting to discuss subjects pertaining to the financial sector, including structural reforms to spur growth and welfare.
Discussions were held on ways to support MSMEs, farmers, enhance liquidity and strengthen credit flows.
Ensuring financial stability in the wake of COVID-19 and measures taken to enable businesses to recover quickly from the impacts were also deliberated upon during the meeting.
The large-scale movement of migrant workers from urban to rural India and the problems their return to home states may cause in restarting the economy was also being discussed during the fifth virtual interaction between the prime minister and chief ministers since the outbreak of the deadly virus in the country.
With an increase of 4,213 cases in the past 24 hours, India's Covid-19 count reached 67,152. The number of deaths in the country due to the infection reached 2,206. Maharashtra, with 22,171 confirmed cases is the worst-affected due to the infection so far and is followed by Gujarat with 8,194 cases.
Points made by PM:
1. There is a global recognition for India’s success in handling the Covid-19 pandemic and government of India appreciates the efforts made by all state governments in this regard. Let us stay the course as we move forward together.
2. We now have a reasonably clear indication as to the geographical spread of the pandemic in India, including the worst-affected areas. Moreover, over the past few weeks, officials have understood operating procedures in a time such as this, right up to the district level.
3. Slowly but surely, economic activities have begun to pick up in several parts of the country. In the coming days, this process will further gather steam.
4. We must realize that the fight against Covid-19 has to be more focussed now.
5. Going forward, the road ahead should be focused on reducing the spread and ensuring that all precautions are taken by people including social distancing norms by observing ‘Do Gaj Doori’. Follow-up is of paramount importance and we must do so to the hilt.
6. We also have to ensure that rural India remains free from this crisis.