Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma during a video conference call with PM Narendra Modi on Monday Credit: Twitter

Shillong: In a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Monday suggested the Meghalaya model of ‘Rapid Response System’, wherein within specified time frame, response is initiated by health, administration and police on detection of new COVID-19 cases.

During the video conference, Sangma said, “The rapid response system will enable the government to work at micro level, like the panchayat institutions and prepare us for any such situation that may arise in the future.”

He suggested that the response of different stakeholders should be specified in the form of standard operating procedures (SoPs), who can respond immediately within 60 minutes.

Sangma also suggested the PM that an ‘Economic Task Force’ by all the states should be set up for exchange of ideas and possible solutions to initiate economic activities by adhering to necessary precautionary protocols. “There is an economic state to state dependence. The establishment of the economic task force will help states and their adjoining neighbours to a large extent in devising practical measures to revive the economy,” Sangma added.

During the video conference, Sangma expressed his willingness to continue with the lockdown post May 3, with relaxation on activities in green zones or non-COVID-affected districts in Meghalaya.

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