In an important decision, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his ministers announced to donate 30% of their salaries in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
Chouhan during a review of Covid-19 situation on Friday urged all the MLAs and MPs to contribute to the fight against the lethal virus. Accordingly, it was decided that 30% of the District Mineral Funds will be earmarked for amenities including hospital beds, PPE kits, ventilator and other medical equipment.
These expenses will be monitored by the minister in charge of the district. Total 22 districts in the state have this fund.
The Chief Minister said that he has donated 30% of his three months’ salary with Rs 40,500 per month to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Chouhan during the meeting said that second phase of Kill Corona campaign will be run from August 1 to 14 in the state. In this period, no minister, MP or MLA will hold any public rally or meeting. Urging public representatives to practice discipline, the Chief Minister asked them to lead by example.
On leaders’ engagement in poll preparations, Chouhan said people’s lives are more important adding they won’t leave any stone unturned for upcoming by-polls. We have a recovery rate of around 70% and mortality of 2.7% and stand at 15th place in terms of covid19 spread, said Chouhan underlining the need for discipline and adherence to safety guidelines.
He went on to say that lockdown is no permanent solution to this pandemic as the lockdown has dented the economy and keeping the economy in shape is also required.
Chouhan, who has was found positive for coronavirus last Saturday, is reviewing the situation in the state on a daily basis through video conferencing.
He also said it is important to cut down on unnecessary expenses and focus on Covid-19 fight, he added. He urged the public to also contribute to the Covid-19 fight.