New Delhi: After requests from states to extend the lockdown till the end of this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation tomorrow at 10 am on Tuesday, April 14. Speculations are rife that PM Modi will announce an extension of the lockdown till April 30, but with certain relaxations to boost economic activities. Also Read - Beware! If Found Not Wearing Face Mask, You Could Land up Cleaning Mumbai Roads
On Saturday, after a virtual meeting with at least 13 Chief Ministers on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had indicated that the nationwide lockdown will be extended. However, he had emphasised on saving both lives and the economy for India’s ‘prosperous and healthy future’.
Modifying his earlier remarks, ‘jaan hai to jahan hai’, PM Modi, while discussing if the ongoing lockdown should be extended, had said,”While announcing the lockdown, I had said ‘jaan hai to jahan hai’… Most people in the country understood it and discharged their responsibilities by remaining indoors. And now it is imperative to focus on both aspects, ‘Jaan bhi, jahan bhi’, for India’s bright, prosperous and healthy future”.
Speaking to a news portal, one of the Union Ministers, on the condition of anonymity had informed that PM Modi has called a meeting of stakeholders at the central level on April, 14, when the current spell of the lockdown, billed as the world’s largest shutdown ends.“…the announcement may come afterwards…it looks like we may have an extension of the lockdown since that’s what a majority of the states also want,” the minister stated.