The state government is not in favour of a further lockdown because it would not be a solution to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma said today.
A lockdown would merely be a delaying tactic, Sangma said after the review meeting at the Secretariat.
Instead of a catch-all lockdown, the government is focused on targeted micro-containment in order to prevent a shutdown of an already beleaguered economy.
Talk of lockdowns came back to the fore after a fake viral message over the weekend announcing that Shillong would undergo a lockdown this week. September has been Meghalaya’s worst month against Covid, with over 2,000 cases and 38 fatalities from the virus.
Today’s review meeting discussed the overall situation, the rise in cases and the death toll.
The only way ahead is to be cautious and adaptive, Sangma said.
Meanwhile, the CM also informed that 11 Industrial Training Institutes will be opened in the state from September 24.
Moreover, Sangma lauded the passing of the Farmers Bill by Parliament and stated that this will liberate the farmers and bring about economic benefits.
“The Farmers Bill is positive and should have been passed a long time ago,” Sangma said.