New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a fresh round of consultations with chief ministers next week as the country gradually emerges out of the coronavirus lockdown, his office said on Friday.

The two-day virtual meet comes also against the backdrop of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Under "Unlock 1" several relaxations have been made for public and businesses to ensure that economic activities hit by the lockdown gather momentum. 

PM Modi will hold the videoconference with chief ministers on June 16 and 17.

States have been divided in two slots for the two-day virtual meet.

21 states and union territories, including Punjab and some north-eastern states, will hold interactions on June 16, the Prime Minister's Office tweeted.

The rest 15, including West Bengal, Delhi, Maharashtra, and Karnataka, which have reported a surge in coronavirus cases, will interact with Modi on June 17.

This would be the Prime Minister's sixth round of consultations with the chief ministers, the last being on May 11.

Home minister Amit Shah had spoken with all the chief ministers over telephone in the last week of May, just before lockdown-4 was to end.

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