Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is not present attending the video conference of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the chief ministers on Monday, sources said.
Pinarayi Vijayan has decided to depute State Chief Secretary Tom Jose and the reason is, Kerala does not have the permission to speak, as only seven states are allowed to speak during the video meet with the Prime Minister.
Kerala had the opportunity in the last interaction and on Monday all the states which are not speaking have been asked to give in writing what they wish to say.
Just six days before the extended lockdown ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarted his interaction with Chief Ministers of all states and Union territories on Monday morning through a video link. The meeting started at 10 a.m.
While the meeting is likely to discuss the country's overall and state-specific progress in the war on COVID-19 in the second leg of the lockdown and the way forward, a large emphasis will be address the concerns of most states of revenue shortfalls and job losses.
By Monday morning, India's COVID-19 tally reached 27,892 and 872 deaths. So while addressing the life versus livelihood debate, saving lives remains the priority of the government, during video conference PM Modi may well have to allay fears of the states regarding the revenue generation that pays salary to government employees.