PM Modi to hold a two day virtual meet with State Ministers: PMO


Amid the ongoing pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a fresh meeting via video conferencing with all the Chief Ministers of the states on June 16 and June 17, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).


In a tweet, the PMO confirmed that in a two day virtual meet, states have been divided in two slots


On June 16, PM Modi will interact with Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors of Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Nagaland, Ladakh, Puducherry, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu, Sikkim and Lakshadweep.


While on June 17, PM Modi will interact with the Chief Ministers and Lieutenant Governors of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Odisha.


As per an inside report, PM Modi will also discuss a special strategy for the containment zones and the emerging epicentres of the coronavirus cases in the country.


Last month, Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke with all the CM‘s over telephone, just before lockdown 4 was to end and discussed the coronavirus pandemic in the country.


The meeting with the Chief Ministers comes at a time when the number of coronavirus cases in India has been growing at an alarming rate. India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the COVID-pandemic 19 after the US, Brazil and Russia. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has also said that the doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 17.4 days currently from 15.4 days a couple of weeks ago. It said that the doubling time in the country at the start of the lockdown was 3.4 days.


“The doubling rate/time continues to improve and has increased from 3.4 days at the beginning of lockdown to 17.4 days currently,” it said.


The government, however, has denied reports of community transmission in India, asserting that mortality rates in India are 0.59 per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world.