The talk about trains getting lost is complete falsehood. Obviously no train gets lost. When congestion on routes became too much, we diverted only 71 trains. We have run 4,040 trains. I monitor them thrice a day.
You can expect the full potential of the relaxations to be utilised only by the end of the week, as the announcements came over the weekend, and firms will look for state-specific tweaks to finalise their plans.
In an e-Adda hosted by The Indian Express, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road, Transport & Highways and MSME, spoke on clearance of dues to MSMEs, how to get demand back in the market and restarting industry.
In a meeting on Sunday that has set the stage for Monday’s discussions, state chief secretaries called for a calibrated stepping up of economic activities in a video conference with the cabinet secretary.
In an e-Adda hosted by The Indian Express, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), who is part of the core team monitoring the pandemic in India, spoke on what the lockdown has achieved, how we cannot lower our guard and learning to live with the virus
The PM-CMs meeting will give broad indications of the future course of action, but the details may be announced later in the week after considering the latest epidemiological data. A new push to bridge shortfalls at various levels is likely to begin in this week, irrespective of the decision on the lockdown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not reveal an economic plan or package for the country despite repeated pleas from chief ministers for urgent measures that could help states tide over the current gloom.
There is a sense in the government that giving states more room may not actually make a big difference on the ground as no state, at this point, can afford to opt for a “thoughtless” relaxation and then bear the burden of a spike in cases.
The committee met for the third time on friday and is likely to meet early next week again. It is learnt that the group may be in a position to make up its mind only after looking at the corona numbers — rate of growth of new cases, extent of the spread — by April 10.
Former Union Minister and senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Beni Prasad Verma (79) died at a private hospital in Lucknow on Friday. Verma, a Rajya Sabha member from Uttar Pradesh, had been ailing for some time.