The Maharashtra government on June 2 announced the “Corona-free village” contest with an award of ₹ 50 lakh for the village which wins the first position, in order to encourage the local administration in Maharashtra’s villages to take steps to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The villages which come second and third will get ₹ 25 lakh and ₹ 15 lakh respectively.
Maharashtra Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif stated that this contest is a part of the ‘My Village Corona Free’ initiative announced by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently.
“The aim is to make talukas, districts and ultimately, the entire state of Maharashtra corona-free as soon as possible,” he stated.
There will be a total of 18 prizes and the cumulative prize money is Rs 5.4 crore, Mushrif said in a statement.
“By such initiatives, there will be more awareness about Covid-19 and we will be able to stop it in villages. Everybody from the village must cooperate, and the gram sabha and sarpanch (village head) must take this initiative seriously,” Mushrif said.
The “Covid-free village” contest requires the villages to meet 22 standards. The villages will compete for 50 marks, based on the assessment of the work done between June 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022.
Meanwhile, the state recorded 15,169 new cases, 285 deaths and 29,270 recoveries in the last 24hours, according to data updated on June 3 morning and the recovery rate stands at 94.54 per cent.