Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said that the lockdown in the State will continue post-May 3rd, 2020 with relaxation in the non-COVID-19 affected districts.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 27th, 2020 interacted with Chief Ministers of states via video conferencing to discuss the emerging situation and plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was the fourth such interaction of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers.
- Rapid Response System
Sangma suggested Prime Minister Modi on the Meghalaya model of ‘Rapid Response System’, wherein within specified time frame response is initiated by health, administration and police on detection of new COVID-19 cases.
In the video conference with Prime Minister, the Chief Minister said, “The rapid response system will enable the government to work at the micro-level, like the panchayat institutions and prepare us for any such situation that may arise in future.”
He suggested that the response of different stakeholders should be specified in the form of standard operating procedures (SoPs), who can respond immediately within 60 minutes.
- Economic Task Force
He also suggested the Prime Minister that an ‘Economic Task Force’ by all the States be setup for exchange of ideas and possible solutions to initiate economic activities by adhering to necessary precautionary protocols.
“There is an economic State to State dependence. The establishment of the economic task force will help States and its adjoining neighbours to a large extent in devising practical measures to revive the economy,” the Chief Minister added.
- Tech check
Talking about the prevailing situation, the Chief Minister told the Prime Minister that the use of technology has become more important and we should prepare ourselves for the change by integrating technology in governance, healthcare and business.
It may be mentioned that the Meghalaya government relaxed a number of activities including the sale of essential goods, courier services for essential goods, e-commerce operations in essential goods and Common Service Centres from April 27th, 2020.
The relaxation will be allowed in the entire state except in Shillong and in Mylliem Block of East Khasi Hills District.
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