New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held his sixth with chief ministers and representatives of union territories (UTs) since the coronavirus pandemic began in India and hinted that the "opening of the economy will continue".

In his meeting with the CMs, the Prime Minister praised Punjab's coronavirus micro-containment and house-to-house surveillance strategy, asking other the states follow the same strategic approach to effectively counter the pandemic.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said that PM Modi observed that "timely decisions" taken to combat the pandemic have been effective in containing the spread of coronavirus in India, adding that the country's recovery rate is more than 50 per cent.

He also stressed that the fight against the deadly coronavirus is a fine example of "cooperative federalism", said the PMO.

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"We have to always keep in mind that the more we can stop the coronavirus, the more it will stop growing, the more our economy will open up, our offices will open, the markets will open, the means of transport will open, and so will new employment opportunities," PM Modi told the CMs, as reported by news agency IANS.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the migrant workers and stranded Indians abroad and told the chief ministers that the impact of coronavirus "has not been that huge in India as in other parts of the world", said the PMO.

"PM underlined that all modes of transport are now open, lakhs of migrant labourers have travelled back to their villages, thousands of Indians returned from abroad and even though India has a huge population, COVID has not assumed as life-threatening a form as in rest of world," the Prime Minister's Office said. 

PM Modi once again stressed that 'Do gaj ki doori', use of masks, frequent hand-washing and use of sanitisers is important in fight the highly contagious coronavirus that claimed the lives of nearly 10,000 in India.

"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," PM Modi said, as reported by ANI. 

This was PM Modi's sixth meeting with the CMs after the coronavirus crisis started in India. He will hold another meeting with the CMs and representatives of states and UTs on Wednesday.

The states and UTs which attended Tuesday's video conference included Punjab, Assam, Kerala Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Nagaland, Ladakh, Puducherry, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

The two-day virtual meet comes as the country witnesses an unabated spike in coronavirus cases. India registered over 10,000 COVID-19 cases for the fifth day in a row pushing the tally to 3,43,091 on Tuesday, while the death toll rose to 9,900 with 380 new fatalities.

Based on suggestions made by the states, under "Unlock 1" several relaxations were made for public and businesses to ensure that economic activities hit by the lockdown gather momentum. But this has given rise to fear that it may trigger an increase in new cases.

PM Modi had on Saturday reviewed the steps being taken to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in areas with high case load and the road map for effective management of the situation.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma