A Group of Ministers (GoM)’s meeting on Saturday examined suggestions received to enlist services of retired doctors, health professionals and medical students.
The meeting chaired by defence minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation in the wake of extension of lockdown due to Covid-19 up to May 3, in New Delhi.
The GoM noted that these measures will allow resumption of graded economic activity keeping in view local conditions “within the ambit of measures to prevent the spread of the virus”.
The members reportedly deliberated on allowing partial economic activity in non-hotspot zones from April 20, as proposed by the Centre.
The GoM obtained feedback from various Ministers on the COVID-19 situation.
The GoM unanimously appreciated the decision of gradual opening up of economic activity in areas which have not reported any Corona cases in line with the MHA guidelines issued on April 15.
During the meeting, the disbursement of Rs 31,000 crore to more than 33.25 crore beneficiaries under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana to mitigate the problems of economically weaker sections of population was “strongly appreciated”.
All GoM members felt the need to reiterate an appeal to fellow Indians to observe strict social distancing norms and refrain from participating in mass prayers or religious congregations.
This is the fifth meeting of the GoM on COVID-19 since March 25.