The Centre is brainstorming with states before it goes ahead with its plan to undertake a staggered lifting of the 21-day lockdown from April 15. Some of the issues that are likely to be taken up are crop harvest, procurement of grains by government agencies, and restoring inter-state supply chains.
A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought suggestions on staggered lifting of the lockdown, some states stressed the need to restore supply chains. They also said the Centre wants them to identify hotspots of the virus, which could help in enforcing a limited lockdown in urban areas.
Experts, however, believe this will be temporary. A longer lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) would be needed, with the number of cases and deaths from it spiking every passing day.
In his talks with chief ministers, Modi