At the meeting -- held to emphasis on life after May 17, when the nationwide lockdown is arranged to end -- PM Modi said, the government "decided to invite all Chief Ministers to speak" before a "considered view" is taken on the matter.
Several states, including Punjab and Assam, have asked for an extension of the lockdown. Others, like Tamil Nadu and Telangana, asked that rail and air traffic not be started yet. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, engaged in a face-off with the Centre, accused it of discrimination and playing politics.
KEY HIGHLIGHTS OF PM-CMs VIDEO CONFERENCE:
1. Pre-corona and post-corona world: PM Modi said that the world will basically change after the coronavirus epidemic. "Now, the world will be differentiated as pre-corona and post-corona. PM also said that the post-COVID era also brings opportunities that India must leverage.
2. Jan se lekar jag tak: The new way of life would be on the principle of "jan se le kar jag tak" (from an individual to the whole of humanity), PM Modi said.
3. Protect rural areas from COVID-19: PM Modi said the biggest challenge would be to ensure that the disease does not spread to villages across the country after reductions provided by the government.
4. India's challenges against coronavirus: We have a two-fold challenge - to reduce the diffusion rate of the disease, and to increase public activity progressively while adhering to all the guidelines, and we will have to work towards achieving both these objectives.
5. Maintain 'do gaz ki doori': PM repeated the importance of 'do gaz ki doori' and said, "Even as we look at the gradual withdrawal of the lockdown, we should constantly remember that till we do not find a vaccine or a solution, the biggest weapon with us to the fight the virus is social distancing".
6. India as a tourism destination: Referring to tourism the Prime Minister said he sees the potential for domestic tourism but needs to think on the outlines of the same.
7. PM Modi on education sector: He asked the policymakers to keep in mind how to embrace new models of teaching and learning in the education sector.
Well, it’s time that we start living our lives knowing that the Covid virus will always stay around.