Bhubaneswar: Prime minister Narendra Modi told the State chief ministers that the Centre is planning to send the migrant workers to their respective States.

The prime minister on Monday interacted with the chief ministers through video conferencing. He discussed about the next course of action as the second phase lock down period is ending on 3rd May. The meeting also discussed about the situation raised due to the stranded migrant workers.

Expressing concern over the plights of the migrant workers stranded in other States, the State chief minister Naveen Patnaik suggested that the migrant workers be tested in the host States before they were shifted to their home State. Many of the chief minister agreed to the proposal.

The prime minister,however, assured the State that the Centre is going take steps for return of the migrant workers to their home State.

Regarding the lock down, Modi said lock down has been very effective and the nation has benefied from it.

The union home minister, Amit Shah, urged the State chief ministers to enforce strictly the lock down guide lines.

All the chief minusters including West Bengal were present. Only nine chief ministers were allowed to speak in the conference. The Kerala chief minister, P Vijayan, who was absent in the conference, had send a written memorandum to the prime minister.

Most of the chief ministers suggested that the lock down period be extended by another month.