Extend Closure Of Educational Institutes Till May 15: GoM To Modi

The GoM suggested closure of educational institutions, restricting public activities till May 15

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A Group of Ministers (GoM) on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) suggested the extension of closure of all educational institutions and shopping malls till May 15.

The nation-wide lockdown was imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 25th, 2020 to contain the spread of COVID-19. It will end on April 14th, 2020.

The GoM also suggested restricting religious activities having public participation to break the chain of transmission. The meeting was chaired by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence on April 7th, 2020.

The meeting was attended by Home Minister Amit Shah, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, and Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

The meeting suggested that the religious centres, shopping malls and educational institutions must not be allowed to resume normal functioning at least for four weeks from April 14th, 2020.

Union HRD Minister had told media a few days back that the government will take the decision on reopening of the educational institutions on April 14th, 2020 only after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country.

In view of the requests from several states and experts, there are indications that the government, will lift the countrywide lockdown over coronavirus in a staggered manner.

Earlier, Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu opined that this week will be critical for deciding on the exit from the present nation-wide restrictions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 6th, 2020 also mentioned that the fight against COVID-19 would be a long one and that the country has pledged to win the war against the high contagious virus.

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