NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with Parliamentary floor leaders of various parties on Wednesday morning at 11 am through video conference, to make a decision on the future course of action as far as coronavirus outbreak in India is concerned, among other key issues.
The primary point on the agenda is going to be whether to finish the shutdown or extend it and if the govt. wishes to withdraw it, what should be the approach. the present shutdown is slated to finish on April 14.
Another point of discussion is going to be the economic impact of the shutdown on India and how to cope with it. Money released to states, future of daily wage workers who are the worst hit because of total shutdown and scope if any possible economic package will be discussed within the meeting, say sources.
The government is expecting some opposition to the ordinance to suspend MPLADS for 2 years. Modi will hear their views and attempt to reason with them, the sources said.
Explaining the present food supply chain, and availability of essentials will certainly feature during the discussion in view of an extension of the continued shutdown. Government sources indicated on Tuesday that the govt. is 'considering request' by various Chief Minister against ending the present shutdown on April 14.
Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Pralhad Joshi, Nirmala Sitharaman among others are going to be present on behalf of the govt. alongside PM Modi.
The Shiv Sena is going to be represented by Sanjay Raut, the Lok Janshakti Party by Chirag Paswan, the Samajwadi Party by Prof Ram Gopal Yadav, the Bahujan Samaj Party by Danish Ali and Satish Mishra and therefore the Biju Janata Dal by Pinaki Misra.