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State government to reward the winner of 'Corona Mukt Gaon' competition with INR 50 lakhs

Three village panchayats will be rewarded for doing the work as directed by the state government and keeping their villages free from coronavirus. As planned, the three prizes will be worth INR 50 lakh, INR 25 lakh, and INR 15 lakh respectively

State government to reward the winner of 'Corona Mukt Gaon' competition with INR 50 lakhs
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The state government of Maharashtra, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, announced a competition to motivate the local bodies to take steps in controlling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in rural areas of the state.  

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recently praised the efforts made by some villages to prevent the spread of this infection and announced the "Corona Mukt Gaon" initiative. State Rural Development Minister, Hassan Mushrif, also released a statement regarding the same which said that the competition has been planned as a part of the initiative announced by the Chief Minister.  

Three village panchayats will be rewarded for doing the good work as directed in this competition, and these will be distributed to deal with the COVID-19 crisis in each revenue division. 

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As planned, the minister said that the first prize will be worth INR 50 lakh, while the second and third will be INR 25 lakh and INR 15 lakh. He said that there are six revenue circles in the state and hence there will be a total of 18 awards, accounting for a total of INR 5.4 crore. Besides this, the minister also announced that the villages winning the competition would be given an additional amount equal to the prize money as an incentive which can be used for development work in these villages.  

Villages will be tested on a total of 22 criteria and the participating villages in the competition will be tested for the best performance. A committee will be formed to decide the same. 

Also Read: Has the third wave of coronavirus already hit the state?

Meanwhile, CM Uddhav Thackeray, in a virtual address on Sunday, May 30, 2021, praised Maharashtra's youngest sarpanch Rituraj Deshmukh (21) and his workforce for keeping his Ghatne village in Solapur district free from coronavirus.

On the other hand, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, on May 25, instructed the officials to control the rising COVID-19 cases in rural areas of Maharashtra. 

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