PM Modi Holds Video Conference with Parliament Floor Leaders to Discuss Lockdown Extension
A crucial meeting to decide the future course of action on the nationwide lockdown is being chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Parliamentary floor leaders took a part in the meeting via video conference. India has entered the fifteenth day of the current shutdown, which is slated to end on April 14.
The primary point on the agenda is to whether to end the shutdown or extend it and if the government wishes to withdraw it, what should be the approach. The Prime Minister is holding the meeting through video conference from his official residence of 7; Lok Kalyan Marg. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah are present with him.
Another point of discussion will be the economic impact of the shutdown on India and how to deal with it. Money released to states, the future of daily wage workers who are the worst hit due to total shutdown and scope if any possible economic package will be discussed in the meeting.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Pralhad Joshi, Nirmala Sitharaman among others will be present on behalf of the government along with PM Modi.
The government is expecting some opposition to the ordinance to suspend MPLADS for two years. Modi will hear their views and try to reason with them, the sources said.
Explaining the current food supply chain, and availability of essentials will definitely feature in the discussion in view of an extension of the ongoing shutdown. Government sources indicated on Tuesday that the government is ‘considering request’ by various Chief Minister against ending the current shutdown on April 14.