NewDelhi : With number of COVID19 cases climbing, India likely to extend the lockdown period beyond its April 14 deadline till the month end. The central government, however, is expected to allow certain relaxations keeping in view of the plights of the poor people, farmers and small businesses. An official announcement will be made soon in this regard, sources said.
Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the pandemic situation with Chief Ministers of various states through video conferencing. Most of the states have supported the proposal to extend the deadline. However, BJP ruled state Madhya Pradesh has opposed the proposal to extend the deadline.
Two states Odisha and Punjab have already announced extension of the lockdown period till the month end. While Odisha has extended the lockdown till April 30, Punjab has extended its till May 1.