Chandigarh, Apr 11: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday recommended extension of the national lockdown by at least a fortnight, while suggesting a slew of health and relief measures to the people in the state’s COVID-19 battle, in addition to special concessions for industry and agriculture sectors on an urgent basis.
Participating in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Video Conference with all the Chief Ministers, Capt Amarinder pointed out that there was huge uncertainty about the likely incidence of disease and the nation was in for a long fight.
Given the trend in China and several European countries, it was necessary to continue the lockdown, he said, adding that though the restrictions were causing a lot of hardship to the people, India could not afford to take any chances. The people of Punjab have a high morale, and will continue to support government efforts to combat the pandemic, he added.
Capt Amarinder informed the meeting that the state government had already decided to go for curfew/complete lockdown till May one, with all educational institutions to be closed till June 30, with state Board examinations also deferred till further orders.
Section 144 remains in place, along with prohibition of public service vehicles till May one.(UNI)