Nirmala Sitharaman Meets PM Narendra Modi Amid Extended Lockdown, Concerns Over Economy

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Nirmala Sitharaman Meets PM Amid Extended Lockdown, Concerns Over Economy

Coronavirus: Nirmala Sitharaman met PM Narendra Modi amid the extended lockdown

New Delhi:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid the extended lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns about the state of the economy as several sectors are not running in their full capacity.

The Prime Minister’s Office and the Finance Ministry have been holding regular meetings.

The centre last month announced a financial package for those hardest hit by the pandemic. “It is our firm resolve that the poor and vulnerable get all possible help to cope with the testing times,” PM Modi had said while announcing the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, a Rs 1.75 lakh crore stimulus that included free food grain and cooking gas to the poor for three months, and cash doles to women and senior citizens.

The manufacturing sector that was already under stress has been hit hard, so is banking. Financial institutions have been told to defer EMIs by three months due to the pandemic. Several firms across sectors have announced pay cuts and reduced their workforce.

A report by Bloomberg said the country’s economy may be heading for its first full-year contraction in more than four decades after PM Modi extended the world’s biggest lockdown to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Some industries in rural areas, e-commerce, information technology (IT) and farming will be allowed after April 20, the government said on Wednesday in new guidelines a day after PM Modi extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown till May 3 and said restrictions would be relaxed after a week in the least infected parts of India.

The government says it will also allow the construction of roads and buildings in rural areas and the manufacture of IT hardware to reduce the distress of millions during a prolonged lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The inter-state transport of goods, essential and non-essential items, will be allowed after April 20. Highway dhabas, truck repair shops and call centres for government activities can reopen from April 20. So can manufacturing units of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment.

Manufacturing and other industrial establishments with access control will be allowed in special economic zones, industrial estates and industrial townships after implementation of SOP (standard operating procedure) for social distancing. Manufacture of IT hardware and of essential goods and packaging can resume.

World

20,64,891Cases

14,15,529Active

5,12,276Recovered

1,37,086Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 185 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 20,64,891 and 1,37,086 have died; 14,15,529 are active cases and 5,12,276 have recovered as on April 16, 2020 at 11:31 am.

India

12,380 941Cases

10,477 721Active

1,489 183Recovered

414 37Deaths

In India, there are 12,380 confirmed cases including 414 deaths. The number of active cases is 10,477 and 1,489 have recovered as on April 16, 2020 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

Mumbai514

Pune134

Mumbai Suburban65

Thane31

Sangli24

Ahmednagar22

Nagpur17

Latur8

Palghar8

Aurangabad8

Raigad6

Satara5

Yavatmal4

Osmanabad4

Buldhana4

Jalgaon2

Kolhapur2

Hingoli2

Ratnagiri2

Washim1

Nashik1

Sindhudurg1

Amravati1

Jalna1

Gondia1

Details Awaited*2048

2916 229

2434 184

295 36

187 9

DistrictCases

South172

Central100

North66

Shahdara60

New Delhi55

South West21

West18

South East18

East14

North East9

North West5

Details Awaited*1040

1578 17

1506 5

40 10

32 2

DistrictCases

Chennai150

Coimbatore60

Dindigul45

Tirunelveli36

Erode32

Tiruchirappalli30

Namakkal28

Ranipet27

Chengalpattu24

Theni24

Madurai24

Karur22

Tiruppur19

Thoothukudi17

Villupuram16

Cuddalore13

Salem12

Thiruvallur12

Thiruvarur12

Nagapattinam11

Tirupattur11

Thanjavur11

Virudhunagar11

Tiruvannamalai9

Kanniyakumari6

Kanchipuram6

Vellore5

Sivaganga5

The Nilgiris4

Ramanathapuram2

Kallakurichi2

Tenkasi2

Perambalur1

Ariyalur1

Details Awaited*552

1242 38

1110

118 37

14 2

DistrictCases

Jaipur102

Jodhpur54

Bhilwara26

Tonk20

Jhunjhunu20

Jaisalmer16

Bikaner11

Churu11

Kota10

Banswara9

Ajmer7

Dungarpur6

Dausa5

Bharatpur5

Alwar4

Udaipur4

Nagaur2

Pali2

Pratapgarh2

Dholpur1

Karauli1

Sikar1

Details Awaited*704

1023 18

873 18

147

3

DistrictCases

Indore116

Bhopal70

Morena12

Jabalpur8

Ujjain8

Barwani3

Khargone3

Chhindwara2

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Vidisha1

Details Awaited*760

987

870

64

53

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad76

Surat18

Bhavnagar13

Gandhinagar12

Vadodara12

Rajkot9

Patan5

Porbandar3

Mahesana2

Kachchh2

Gir Somnath2

Panch Mahals1

Anand1

Sabar Kantha1

Jamnagar1

Chhotaudepur1

Morbi1

Botad1

Details Awaited*605

766 71

669 63

64 5

33 3

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar58

Agra49

Meerut32

Ghaziabad23

Lucknow21

Shamli14

Saharanpur13

Kanpur Nagar8

Sitapur8

Varanasi7

Bareilly6

Maharajganj6

Ghazipur5

Basti5

Firozabad4

Hathras4

Kheri4

Pratapgarh3

Hapur3

Jaunpur3

Bulandshahr3

Azamgarh3

Baghpat3

Rae Bareli2

Mathura2

Mirzapur2

Pilibhit2

Banda2

Prayagraj1

Auraiya1

Shahjahanpur1

Moradabad1

Kaushambi1

Barabanki1

Bijnor1

Budaun1

Hardoi1

Details Awaited*431

735

673

51

11

DistrictCases

Hyderabad169

Nizamabad26

Warangal Urban23

Medchal Malkajgiri16

Nalgonda13

Jogulamba Gadwal12

Ranga Reddy12

Adilabad10

Kamareddy9

Karimnagar8

Mahabubnagar8

Suryapet8

Sangareddy7

Jagitial4

Vikarabad4

Medak4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Nirmal4

Nagarkurnool2

Mulugu2

Jangoan2

Peddapalli2

Siddipet1

Mahabubabad1

Jayashankar Bhupalapally1

Details Awaited*295

647

509

120

18

DistrictCases

Kurnool57

Spsr Nellore42

Guntur38

Krishna28

Y.s.r. Kadapa27

Prakasam24

West Godavari21

Visakhapatnam20

Chittoor17

East Godavari12

Anantapur6

Details Awaited*233

525 22

491 13

20 4

14 5

DistrictCases

Kasaragod152

Kannur53

Ernakulam23

Thiruvananthapuram15

Malappuram14

Pathanamthitta13

Kozhikode12

Thrissur11

Idukki10

Kollam7

Palakkad7

Alappuzha3

Kottayam3

Wayanad3

Details Awaited*62

388 1

167

218 7

3

DistrictCases

Srinagar33

Bandipora24

Baramulla16

Badgam9

Jammu9

Udhampur8

Kupwara5

Pulwama3

Rajauri3

Shopian3

Ganderbal2

Details Awaited*185

300 22

260 16

36 6

4

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban59

Mysuru34

Bidar10

Chikballapur10

Uttar Kannad10

Belagavi7

Dakshin Kannad7

Ballari6

Kalaburagi6

Bagalkot5

Bengaluru Rural5

Udupi4

Mandya3

Davangere2

Gadag1

Tumakuru1

Kodagu1

Dharwad1

Chitradurga1

Details Awaited*106

279 2

187

80 5

12 1

DistrictCases

Kolkata37

Howrah15

Medinipur East12

Kalimpong7

24 Paraganas North6

Jalpaiguri5

Nadia5

24 Paraganas South4

Hooghly4

Purba Bardhaman3

Medinipur West2

Paschim Bardhaman2

Darjeeling1

Details Awaited*128

231 18

182 13

42 5

7

DistrictCases

Gurugram35

Mewat28

Palwal28

Faridabad19

Nuh10

Karnal5

Ambala4

Panipat4

Fatehabad3

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Bhiwani2

Rohtak1

Sonipat1

Kaithal1

Jind1

Charki Dadri1

Hisar1

Details Awaited*56

205 6

159

43 9

3

DistrictCases

S.a.s Nagar25

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18

Amritsar10

Hoshiarpur7

Jalandhar6

Ludhiana5

Mansa5

Ropar3

Fatehgarh Sahib2

Pathankot2

Sas Mohali1

Moga1

Barnala1

Patiala1

Faridkot1

Kapurthala1

Details Awaited*97

186

146

27 13

13

DistrictCases

Siwan6

Gaya5

Patna5

Munger4

Gopalganj3

Begusarai2

Nalanda2

Saharsa2

Bhagalpur1

Lakhisarai1

Saran1

Details Awaited*38

70

40

29

1

DistrictCases

Khordha33

Bhadrak3

Cuttack2

Jajapur1

Kalahandi1

Kendrapara1

Puri1

Details Awaited*18

60

41

18

1

DistrictCases

Dehradun13

Udam Singh Nagar4

Nainital3

Almora1

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*15

37

28

9

0

DistrictCases

Solan7

Kangra3

Una3

Details Awaited*22

35 2

18

16 3

1

DistrictCases

Golaghat9

Goalpara4

Marigaon4

Nalbari4

Dhubri3

Cachar1

Hailakandi1

Kamrup1

Karimganj1

Lakhimpur1

Kamrup Metro1

South Salmara Mancachar1

Details Awaited*2

33

32

0

1

DistrictCases

Raipur5

Korba2

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*23

33

16

17 4

0

DistrictCases

Ranchi2

Hazaribagh1

Details Awaited*25

28 1

26 1

0

2

DistrictCases

Chandigarh18

Details Awaited*3

21

14

7

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil3

Details Awaited*3

17

7

10

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

Details Awaited*1

11

1

10

0

DistrictCases

East Khasi Hills1

Details Awaited*6

7

6

0

1

DistrictCases

North Goa5

South Goa1

Details Awaited*1

7

2

5

0

DistrictCases

Pondicherry4

Mahe1

Details Awaited*2

7

6

1

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Thoubal1

2

1

1

0

DistrictCases

Gomati1

Details Awaited*1

2

1

1 1

0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0

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