Fighting COVID-19: What Chief Ministers told PM Modi

From restarting the economy to dealing with the migrants’ crisis amid the pandemic, this is what all the state chief ministers said to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. When it came to relaxation of lockdown, many states stood divided. Punjab, Telangana wanted the lockdown to extend till end of the month while Andhra Pradesh pushed for the lockdown to end.

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Jharkhand CM appeals to ensure safety of migrants

Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren requested the prime minister to expedite return of migrants to their native states in a safe and secured manner, in view of the recent tragedy in Aurangabad, where 16 workers were run over by a train and daily deaths on the road.n wake of the reverse migration happening in Jharkhand (approximately 6 lakhs), Soren requests for a 50 per cent increase in the existing MNREGA labour wages for the next one year. Besides, he also stresses on the need to relax the current wage payment norms and ensure payment of  MNREGA workers on a daily basis. (News18)

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The Chief Minister also said awareness has to be built on social distancing, use of masks and hand sanitizers and maintaining general hygiene needing priority in these times.

"Standard Operating Procedures need to be evolved for workplaces, manufacturing units and public places, including markets. "We need to prepare ourselves for the reopening of educational institutions also," the Chief Minister added.

He told Modi that continuous lockdown on inter-state movement of people and goods has had a very negative effect on the economy, as these were essential for the manufacturing sector to achieve economies of scale.

Though goods transport was allowed, there were "large obstructions" as many states have been enforcing stricter measures on such movements.

"Already my state has suffered heavily as manufacturing has come to a standstill and the agriculture sector is not able to achieve value addition as markets across the country are closed down and, we being net surplus in most agricultural commodities, are facing the brunt, the Chief Minister said.

He called for complete removal of restrictions on inter-state transport of goods by all states.

The Chief Minister also wanted all restrictions on public transport across states lifted and free movement of people, particularly those attending work, be allowed.

Stressing the need to ramp up health care infrastructure up to the village level and highlighting his governments endeavours in this regard, Jagan sought the Centres support to take the Rs 16,000 crore programme forward.

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