New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a fresh meeting via video conferencing with all the chief ministers of the states on June 16 and June 17, said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

In a tweet, the PMO said that PM Modi will interact with the chief ministers on June 16 and 17. States have been divided in two slots for the two-day virtual meet.

On June 16, PM Modi will interact with chief ministers and Lieutenant Governors of Punjab, Assam, Kerala, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Nagaland, Ladakh, Puducherry, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu, Sikkim and Lakshwadeep.

While on June 17, PM Modi will interact with the chief ministers and Lieutenant Governors of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Telangana and Odisha.

This would be PM Modi’s sixth round of consultation with the chief ministers, the last being on May 11. In his interactions with the chief ministers, the Prime Minister will likely discuss about the alarming surge of the COVID-19 cases and talk about the easing of lockdown. However, several states have announced the extension of lockdown on their own.  

According to a India.com report, PM Modi will also discuss about a special strategy for the containment zones and the emerging epicentres of the coronavirus cases in the country.

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Last month, Home Minister Amit Shah also spoke with all the chief ministers over telephone, just before lockdown 4 was to end and discussed the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

The meeting with the chief ministers comes at a time when the number of coronavirus cases in India have been growing at an alarming rate.

India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the COVID-pandemic 19 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.

According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the deadly coronavirus has affected more than 3 lakh people and claimed the lives of over 8,800. As per the Health Ministry, the recovery rate in India stands at 49.94 per cent as more than 1.54 lakh people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.   

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has also said that doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 17.4 days currently from 15.4 days a couple of weeks ago. It said that the doubling time in the country at the start of the lockdown was 3.4 days.

“The doubling rate/time continues to improve and has increased from 3.4 days at the beginning of lockdown to 17.4 days currently,” it said.

The government, however, has denied reports of community transmission in India, asserting that mortality rate in India is 0.59 per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma