Mumbai: In a bid to contain the COVID-19 spread in the rural areas, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday (June 2) launched a ‘corona free village’ contest with prize money up to Rs 50 lakh.
Announcing the “My Village Corona Free” initiative recently, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray hailed the efforts of the villagers in containing the infection.
State Rural Development Minister Hasan Mushrif said that a ‘corona free village’ contest is a part of the initiative.
The prize money will be given to the best three village panchayats that excel in COVID-19 management.
“The first prize will be of Rs 50 lakh, second of Rs 25 lakh and third of Rs 15 lakh,” the minister was quoted as saying by PTI.
“There are six revenue divisions in the state, hence there will be a total of 18 prizes. The total prize money is Rs 5.4 crore,” he added.