Nearly all top ministers are working with reduced staff strength, with most officials, especially those above 50 years of age, not being asked to come to work as per the Department of Personnel and Training’s rotational workforce .
Details with ET from meetings held with states by the Centre over the last three days show that states such as Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala delayed lockdowns till the Centre pushed them, while some others like Punjab went beyond lockdown to impose a day’s curfew, citing thousands of NRIs and locals with foreign travel history.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has asked people to stay at home to save themselves and their loved ones from Covid-19, is emulating the same by staying put at his 7 Lok Kalyan Marg (LKM) residence for the past few days.
PM Modi says newspapers carry tremendous credibility, appreciates media’s contribution in tackling Covid-19
In a video conference with over twenty journalists and stakeholders from print media from across the country on Tuesday, PM Modi underlined the importance of social distancing and asked the media to generate awareness about its importance.
Passenger trains, interstate buses and suburban and metro trains have been halted until March 31. State borders have been sealed. The number of districts under lockdown, initially fixed at 75 after a Centre-state videoconference earlier in the day, increased by late evening as more states announced closures.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday interacted with Chief Ministers of all states via video conferencing to discuss measures to combat COVID-19 and told them that the next 3-4 weeks were crucial in efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Madhya Pradesh government approved a ‘Walk of the Stars’ walkway project in Bhopal where Bollywood celebrities’ names will be emblazoned similar to ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
PM Modi is closely monitoring the situation daily and discussed on Wednesday the ways to further strengthen India’s preparedness, including further enhancing testing facilities and actively engaging with individuals, local communities and organisations in chalking our mechanisms to fight the COVID-19 menace.
“Harnessing innovation for a healthier planet. A lot of people have been sharing technology-driven solutions for COVID-19. I would urge them to share them on @mygovindia. These efforts can help many,” the Prime Minister said on Monday.
As per the Uttar Pradesh government figures, the state saw a 87% increase in domestic and foreign tourists, primarily due to the Kumbh held in Prayagraj last year. Over 54 cr tourists came to UP last year compared to about 29 lakh in 2018, the data show. Foreign tourists increased by almost 25% to 47 lakh last year. About 24 cr tourists visited the Kumbh.
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