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PM to directly interact with DMs of 10 States to plan Covid strategies

Friday, 14 May 2021 | PNS | New Delhi

Amid spike in Covid-19 cases across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will directly interact with District Magistrates (DMs) of ten States from next week to work out containment strategy.

However, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the PM-DMs meeting as an act of overlooking Chief Ministers and against the federal structure.

According to sources, the Prime Minister is scheduled to interact with the DMs of 54 districts of ten States and other officials from  May 20 to devise strategy for speedy containment of the coronavirus cases with suggestions from the Empowered Group whose members will be present during the online interaction.

In the first phase, DMs of Maharashtra, West Bengal, UP, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Jharkhand, Kerala, Puducherry and Haryana would participate in the video conferencing.

Maharashtra, the State with the largest positive cases in the country, will have the largest number of DMs who will interact with Modi, said sources.

Mamata has on several occasions attacked the Modi Government for violating the federal principles and bypassing the State Government.

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