New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a meeting with the chief ministers and representatives of 21 states and union territories and discussed the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

In his meeting with the chief ministers, PM Modi said that timely decisions have helped in containing the dreadful coronavirus in the country, adding that this fight a fine example of "cooperative federalism".

"2 weeks have passed since Unlock 1.0, our experience during this time could be beneficial for us in future. Today I will get to know ground reality from you, your suggestions will help in chalking out future strategy," PM Modi was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Stressing that 'Do gaj ki doori', use of masks, frequent hand-washing and use of sanitisers is important in fight against the deadly virus, PM Modi said that India's recovery rate has gone above 50 per cent.

He also said that because of the efforts made in the last few weeks, green shoots have begun to be visible in India's economy.

"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.

He also spoke about the migrant workers and stranded Indians abroad and said that all modes of transport have resumed operations but the COVID-19 impact has not been that huge in India as in other parts of the world.

The meeting between PM Modi and chief ministers and representatives of 21 states and union territories is underway. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is also present in the meeting. 

This is PM Modi's sixth interaction with the chief ministers of the states and representatives of the union territories since the coronavirus pandemic began in the country. He will also interact with the CMs on Wednesday.

The Prime Minister’s meeting with the chief ministers comes at a time when the phase-wise upliftment of the lockdown continues across the country.

Ahead of his meeting with chief ministers, the prime minister 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.

PM Modi had suggested that the home minister and the health minister convene an emergency meeting with the Delhi Lt governor and chief minister and other officials to plan a "coordinated and comprehensive response" to handle the challenge posed by rising cases of COVID-19 in Delhi.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the highly contagious coronavirus has affected more than 3.43 lakh people and claimed the lives of 9,900 in India so far.

India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil and Russia. While the US has reported more than 20 lakh confirmed cases so far, the tally for Brazil is over 8 lakh and for Russia more than 5 lakh.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma