Fight against COVID-19 an example of cooperative federalism: PM Modi tells CMs


File photo: PM Modi

File photo: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that fight against coronavirus is a fine example of cooperative federalism as he discussed measures to check the spread of the virus with chief ministers of 21 states/Union territories through video conference.

“When India’s fight against COVID-19 will be analysed in future, this time will be remembered for how we worked together and served as an example of cooperative federalism,” the Prime Minister said, adding that the timely decisions helped in containing coronavirus in the country.

PM Modi further said that the death of even one Indian due to coronavirus is unsettling, however, added that India is one of the countries where there have been least deaths due to COVID-19.

“Any death due to COVID-19 is tragic. For us the death of even one Indian is unsettling but it is also true that India is one of the countries where there have been least deaths due to COVID-19,” he added.

He also cautioned people against stepping out without masks, saying it is dangerous. “To even think of stepping out without a mask or face cover is not right at present. ‘Do gaj ki doori’, hand-washing and use of sanitisers is of utmost importance. With markets opening and people stepping out, these precautions are even more important,” he said.

The Prime Minister also noted that the economy is showing signs of improvement and encouraging everyone to move ahead.

The conference is being held with the CMs of 21 states/Union Territories, including Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Nagaland, Ladakh, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Sikkim and Lakshadweep.

Tomorrow, PM Modi will also hold a video conference with chief ministers 15 worst-affected states including Maharashtra, Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Notably, the above-mentioned states have accounted for a huge number of COVID-19 cases.

Besides discussing a huge load of COVID-19 cases, the Prime Minister is also expected to deliberate on the situation arising after the implementation of ‘Unlock 1′ phase.