New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With the country entering the last week of the third phase of the coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is meeting all the chief ministers of the states via video conference at 3 pm on Monday.

This is PM Modi’s fifth meeting with all the CMs after the outbreak of the dreadful coronavirus in the country.

“PM Narendra Modi to hold the 5th meeting via video-conference with state Chief Ministers tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM,” the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) had said in a tweet earlier.

In his fifth interaction with the CMs, the Prime Minister will likely discuss a lockdown exit strategy and steps to boost the economy of the country.

Sources, quoted by news agency PTI, said that PM Modi will also discuss about efforts to convert 'red' zones with high COVID-19 case load into 'orange' or 'green' zones. As per a NDTV report, several states have raised objections to the categorisation of districts as red, green and orange zones, saying that amid the rising number of coronavirus cases, all of the districts will come under red zone.

However, some reports have suggested that the government will unlikely withdraw curbs in one go.

“Efforts would be made to ensure that all participating chief ministers get an opportunity to put forth their views in the virtual meet,” PTI quoted sources as saying.

PM Modi had last interacted with the chief ministers on April 27. Days after his interaction, the government had extended the lockdown till May 17, giving some relaxations in economic activities and movement of people.

Since his last interaction with the CMs, the number of coronavirus has increased from just over 28,000 cases to over 67,000 cases.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba also held a video conference with the Chief Secretaries and Health Secretaries of all states and union territories (UTs) on Sunday.

As per a PTI report, the state chief secretaries told Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba that while protection is required from COVID-19, economic activities also need to be stepped up in a calibrated manner.

With thousands of migrant workers taking special trains to go back to their home states due to lockdown, the restarting of industrial activities will prove to be a challenge for states.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed by the government from March 25 in order to control the spread of the dreadful coronavirus in the country.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma