Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan asked the Central Government for an extension of the lockdown period. This was during the video conference that took place with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The restrictions should be eased only in phases and the places considered as hotspots should be kept under complete lockdown till April 30.
In state like Kerala where the population density is high, if more people travel together it would lead to social transmission of the disease. So all forms of transport should be restricted. The Chief Minister also said that since threat of the disease still persists, restrictions should not be taken off completely.
Kerala also demanded that actions should be taken to ensure that people working in the informal sector is taken care of and demanded sufficient food grains for the state.
Pinarayi Vijayan said that the Prime Minister responded positively after listening to all the Chief Ministers.
Important demands put forward by Kerala
- Allocation of special non- stop trains for migrant labourers to return to their home states after the lockdown.
- Scheme to ensure income for all those working in informal sector.
- ESI has certain criterias in which they can sanction employees salary under emergency situations. Coronavirus epidemic should also be listed as one among that.
- Public distribution system should be ensured.
- The state needs 6.45 lakh tons of rice and 54,000 ton lakh of wheat for three months. This should be provided.
- More goods trains should be allowed to Kerala to ensure flow of fruits, vegetables and food items to the state.