AGENCIES, New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting with top ministers including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, to discuss how India will function post the lockdown is lifted after May 3.
Other ministers in the meeting are Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba. One of the important agendas of the meeting is the restarting of the aviation industry.
Now, with the classification of zones across the country — red, orange and green — the government seems to be focussed on a two-pronged action plan — containing the spread of Covid-19 and the resumption of economic activities where cases are not abound.
On Wednesday, the government allowed lakhs of migrant workers and students stranded at various places for over a month to return home. Today, a special train for migrants ran from Telangana to Jharkhand.
The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 1,147 with 72 more fatalities and the number of cases climbed to 35,043 in the country on Friday, the Union Health Ministry’s latest update stated.
A panel of ministers led by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had recommended that the lockdown, imposed on March 25, to be extended for the second time, till May 15.
States like Punjab, West Bengal and Telangana want an extended lockdown to control the spread of the highly infectious virus.
During his last interaction with chief ministers on Monday, PM Modi had said the economy would need to be given importance, too, while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.