Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed India’s lockdown
Hinting at a decentralised strategy ahead,on Saturday that meeting may involve dividing areas into green, orange and red zones.
With the chief ministers of Kerala, West Bengal, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Manipur and Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir’s governor making a case for the extension of lockdown, there is a need for a decentralised response given that the spread of the diseases has been varied across the country.
Speaking to the state CMs through video conferencing, Modi said while people can’t be kept away from work for a long time, life has got priority over economy.
Modi also suggested the idea of a lock-in wherein industrial, agricultural and construction workers may be housed within their work zones itself and continue with their work.
According to officials present at the meeting, Modi said that 'Jaan and Jahaan' both will be taken care of, while stressing upon coordinated efforts to fight the pandemic.
There is a need to ensure that harvest crops does not get affected because of the lockdown for ensuring India’s food security.
Modi said that agriculture is out of lockdown and mandis should not be crowded. He suggested that registered warehouse can be notified as deemed markets as farmers will not have to travel to sell.