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PM Modi to Hold Fresh Round of Consultations with Chief Ministers Next Week, Discuss Unlock 1.0

This will be PM Modi's fifth meeting with chief ministers on the lockdown strategy.

This will be PM Modi's fifth meeting with chief ministers on the lockdown strategy.

The virtual interaction will take place on June 16 and June 17 -- the states and union territories have been divided over the two days and discussions on the government's Unlock 1.0 will take place.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a fresh round of consultations with chief ministers next week as the country gradually emerges out of the coronavirus lockdown, his office said on Friday.

The virtual interaction will take place on June 16 and June 17 -- the states and union territories have been divided over the two days and discussions on the government's Unlock 1.0 will take place.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted an image of the schedule.

Twenty-one states and union territories, including Punjab and some northeastern states, will hold their interaction on June 16. The others, including West Bengal, Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka, which have reported a surge in coronavirus cases, will interact with Modi on June 17.

The meet comes against the backdrop of India's coronavirus tally crossing the three lakh-mark.

Under Unlock 1.0, several relaxations have been made for public and businesses to ensure that economic activities hit by the lockdown gather momentum.

This will be Modi's sixth round of consultation with the chief ministers, the last being on May 11.

Home Minister Amit Shah spoke with all the chief ministers over telephone in the last week of May, just before lockdown-4 was to end.