Discussing the ways to minimise the hardships being faced by the people throughout the country due to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic,
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh-headed Group of Ministers (GoMs) met for the fifth time on Saturday. Sources in the government establishment said the GoM on COVID-19 crisis also reviewed various measures that are being initiated by the concerned ministries, to allow partial economic activity in “nonhotspot zones” from April 20. “Interacted with the GoM on the Covid-19 situation.
We discussed ways to mitigate the hardships faced by the people and the role ministries can play in providing relief to people,” Mr Singh tweeted. Several Opposition parties have demanded the government to announce specific welfare measures to help the poor people, as the lockdown had triggered job losses due to economic disruptions. The guidelines to allow limited activities and the measures as announced by the Reserve Bank of India were also appreciated in the meeting. The meeting was attended by Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan,
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar. HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Civil Aviation Minsister Hardeep Singh Puri also attended the meeting. India went under a total shutdown of 21 days from March 25 to April 14, to fight the pandemic. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced extension of lockdown till May 3. However, the Prime Minister had said that the drastic measures would be relaxed in some areas from April 20.