Before video conferencing with PM, EPS to discuss with medical team

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of all states and Union Territories via video conferencing on 16 and 17 June (Tuesday and Wednesday) amid the ongoing fifth phase of the lockdown, which will end on 30 June, according to media reports.

The Prime Minister’s Office tweeted a schedule of his meetings with the chief ministers. On June 17, Modi will speak to the chief ministers of the most-affected states, including Tamil Nadu. The prime minister’s last meeting with the chief ministers was on May 12.

According to sources, before the video conferencing with Modi, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami will hold consultation with the State government’s medical experts team and get their inputs.

India, which is gradually easing restrictions imposed during the nationwide lockdown, is now the fourth most-affected country in the world. Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat are among the worst-hit states.

Modi will interact with chief ministers of 21 states/UTs on 16 June – Punjab, Assam, Kerala, U’khand, J’khand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Himachal, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Nagaland, Ladakh, Puducherry, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar Nagar Haveli & Dama Diu, Sikkim and Lakshadweep.

He will hold discussions with the rest of the states of India, mainly Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu And Kashmir, Telangana and Odisha on 17 June.

These interactions will be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sixth round of consultations with chief ministers and Lt Governors of various states and UTs. The most recent virtual meet was held on May 11.

In the last week of May, Home Minister Amit Shah had also interacted with chief ministers over the phone to discuss the end of Lockdown-4 and the beginning of Unlock-1.

Under “Unlock 1.0,” the Centre and state governments have eased several restrictions for the public and businesses to ensure that economic activities hit by the lockdown gather momentum.