Will the Modi government extend the lockdown beyond April 14, or will it stick to the original end date?
PM Modi held forth on the issue at a high-level video meet with political leaders today. He indicated at the meeting that most of the suggestions he has got so far are for an extension of the full lockdown, or for the lockdown to not be lifted in one go, in order to combat the spread of infection more efficiently.
The PM held this meeting via video conferencing with floor leaders of parties whose combined strength in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adds up to 5 MPs.
According to highly placed sources, the government is grinding over all possible options as of now. Another meeting on the issue with chief ministers is scheduled for Saturday (April 11). It comes amid raging speculation that likely 2-week extension (until the end of April) of the lockdown is on the cards.
The government was already looking at the prospect of extending the lockdown after many state govt and health experts suggested such a course of action.
On 7th April, top government sources had said, “A lot of state govt, as well as experts, are requesting the Centre to extend the lockdown. The central government is thinking in this direction.”
The development comes days after Modi urged states to find ways for a “staggered exit”.
The Central govt originally wanted to go for a phased (district-wise) lifting of the lockdown. Several major states, however, thought such a plan would be too challenging because the outbreak is hardly easing.
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