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    In hospital, Shivraj Singh Chouhan holds virtual Cabinet meet, washes own clothes

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    “I am in good health. Cough is almost over and I am not suffering from fever anymore,” the CM told his colleagues.

    “It is a must for corona patient to do his own work as far as possible to ensure that no other person gets infected with corona. I have benefitted by washing my own clothes," Shivraj said.
    New Delhi: Admitted in hospital after he tested Covid-19 positive, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan held a virtual Cabinet meeting on Tuesday and shared with his ministerial colleagues that he is washing his clothes himself and preparing his own tea as he recuperates from the infection.

    “I am in good health. Cough is almost over and I am not suffering from fever anymore,” the CM told his colleagues. Chouhan is the first CM to have tested Covid-19 positive last week. “It is a must for corona patient to do his own work as far as possible to ensure that no other person gets infected with corona. I have benefitted by washing my own clothes. I was not able to close my fist fully after the fracture in my hand. I went through physiotherapy for this but now I am able to close my fist because of washing clothes,” the CM said. He also stressed that the disease was curable, like cough-cold and fever and it can be controlled with alertness and hence there was no need to fear the same.



    State government officials said the CM had immediately got himself examined as soon as he experienced the initial symptoms of Corona and got hospitalized without wasting time as soon as he tested positive. In hospital too, the CM has kept himself busy in work while adhering to all necessary precautions as this helps in constantly distancing oneself from negative thoughts, the officials said.

    In the first virtual Cabinet meeting on Tuesday chaired by the CM, the state government took the important step of extension in the last date of the crop insurance scheme and the Chief Minister’s Rural Street Vendors Loan Scheme has been operationalised. Under the scheme, working capital of up to Rs 10,000 will be made available to eligible persons in the age group of 18 to 55 years as a loan from the bank. This scheme, to be implemented from July 2020 to March 2022, aims to benefit one lakh rural poor. The scheme will result in an annual financial burden of about Rs. 14 crore, officials said.

    The Cabinet granted post facto approval to the proposal for implementing Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana from Kharif 2020-21 till Rabi 2020-22. Under the scheme, the state government will bear the financial burden of Rs 6,494 crore. An amount of Rs. 6,305 crore is expected to be received from the Central government. In this way, the scheme will of more than Rs. 12,799 crore. The insurance company will be selected through open tender.

    The Cabinet also endorsed the arrangements for treatment of Covid infected people, in which Ayushman Bharat Niramay Madhya Pradesh will bear 40 percent burden of the expenses as per the value of the package prescribed for the treatment of Covid under Jan Arogya Yojana in the recognized hospitals of people deemed eligible by the Government of India. Similarly, under the Jan Arogya Yojana, Ayushman Bharat Niramay Madhya Pradesh will bear 100 percent of the expenditure as per the value of the package prescribed for treatment of Covid in hospitals recognized by the state government.

    Approval was also given by the Cabinet for construction of Chambal Progress-Way under Bharatmala Project. Under the scheme, approval was granted for the construction of 309 km four-lane greenfield road from Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border to Bhind district via Morena. Free land will be provided by the state government for the project, officials said.
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