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Govt Likely to Extend Lockdown Beyond April 14: Congress After All-party Meet with PM Modi

File photo of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

File photograph of Congress chief Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Azad mentioned round 80 per cent of the leaders from numerous political events, who interacted with the prime minister by way of video-conferencing, favoured extending the lockdown.

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  • Last Updated: April 8, 2020, 5:48 PM IST

The authorities is prone to lengthen the continued countrywide lockdown past April 14 to fight the coronavirus, the Congress indicated on Wednesday after an all-party assembly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Leader of Opposition within the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned the prime minister informed the assembly that he has obtained a number of requests for extension of the lockdown to include COVID-19, however will take a name on it solely after consulting specialists and the chief ministers of assorted states.

Azad mentioned round 80 per cent of the leaders from numerous political events, who interacted with the prime minister by way of video-conferencing, favoured extending the lockdown.

“It is likely that the government may extend the lockdown,” Congress chief within the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury mentioned after the assembly. He mentioned his social gathering put forth sure recommendations with regard to the disaster within the farming sector.

“The prime minister told the all-party meeting that he is happy that political parties have risen above politics and come together in national interest in this hour of crisis,” Azad mentioned, including Modi informed the assembly that he’ll try to implement the recommendations put forth by numerous leaders.

“The prime minister said he is receiving requests for extending the lockdown, but he will talk to chief ministers and experts before taking any decision in the best interest of the nation,” the Congress chief mentioned.

Azad steered to the prime minister to arrange a process drive comprising Union ministers and chief ministers of assorted states to suggest the best way ahead and assist folks tide over the disaster.

He additionally steered establishing of a multi-party working group to assist the federal government sort out the COVID-19 disaster. Azad mentioned the Congress has referred to as for a particular monetary package deal for the states most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Chowdhury mentioned the Congress has steered to the prime minister that farmers could also be exempted from the 21-day lockdown for the harvesting of rabi crops. The social gathering has additionally demanded that every one taxes on fertilisers be withdrawn.

Chowdhury mentioned his social gathering has steered that these enrolled underneath the agricultural job scheme MGNREGA be given precedence whereas finishing up harvesting of the standing crop.

Azad and Chowdhury had been the Congress representatives on the assembly of the ground leaders of assorted events with the prime minister.

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