New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the Monsoon session of Parliament round the corner, the first in-person meeting of the Union Cabinet was held at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official residence on Wednesday. The Union Cabinet held its first physical meeting in over a year today.

Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the first meeting with the Council of Ministers virtually after the Union Cabinet reshuffle on July 7. A day after the expansion of the Union Cabinet, the Prime Minister had back-to-back meetings with the union cabinet and council of ministers on Thursday.

In the meeting, sources had said that Prime Minister had cautioned Ministers against any complacency in the fight against COVID-19, saying that over the past few days there have been pictures and videos of crowded places and people roaming about without masks or social distancing and "it should instil a sense of fear in us". The sources said that the Prime Minister noted that people not following COVID-19 protocols was not a "pleasant sight".

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister will also chair a meeting of the Council of Ministers at 4 pm today via video conferencing. This is the second time in a week that the Council of Ministers will meet after its expansion on July 7 which saw the induction of 43 new ministers. The Council of Ministers last met on July 8. Sources said that the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament may have been one of the reasons for the frequent convening of the meeting of Council of ministers.

Today's meeting comes two days after the Cabinet Committees were reconstituted by the Central Government on Monday. Ministers including Bhupender Yadav, Sarbananda Sonowal, Mansukh Mandaviya, Giriraj Singh and Smiriti Irani were named in the all-important Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA).

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