MUMBAI: Days after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray appealed for efforts to make villages Covid-free, the state government on Wednesday announced a ‘Corona-Free Village Contest’ to encourage villages to follow Covid-19 norms. Prizes will be given to three villages who are found doing novel work in Covid-19 management from each of the six revenue divisions. In all there will be 18 villages and a total of Rs 5.4 crore has been budgeted for the initiative.
The first prize will be Rs 50 lakh, second Rs 25 lakh and third Rs 15 lakh, said rural development minister Hasan Mushrif. Villages will be graded on 22 criteria and a total of 50 marks will be given to the village based on its performance. Winner will also get an additional amount equivalent to the prize money as encouragement, and it will be utilised for development works in those villages, said Mushrif.

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