Amit Shah Discusses Lockdown Strategy with PM Modi

Amit Shah Discusses Lockdown Strategy with PM Modi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday met PrimeMinister Narendra Modi to discuss the strategy on the shutdown and weighed howto restart economic activity amid a steady spurt in virus cases.

The home minister met the Prime Minister a day after he spoke to the Chief Ministers of different states and asked for feedback on the road ahead of the coronavirus lockdown which is due to end on Sunday.

The home minister asked the chief ministers to sendfeedback on the lockdown and their views on Thursday whether to extend itbeyond May 31.

All Chief Ministers have given their views on howthey want to move forward. Over the last few days, the Prime Minister's Officehas been reviewing the entire lockdown period to decide on the way forward fromJune 1.

The government has been concerned about sharpcriticism of its strategy to counter coronavirus, which has pushed it to changeits stance on several occasions.

Home Ministry sources said the way forward on thelockdown "would be a political call".

The government's options include continuing with theNational Disaster Management Act, which empowers the Centre to take all thedecisions regarding health, which is a state subject. Or it can allow thestates to have a final call on how they wish to proceed.

During the last extension of the lockdown inmid-May, the government had allowed extensive relaxations, leaving it to statesto decide on what to reopen and what stays shut.

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