The UP government under Yogi Adityanath has launched a contest that encourages people to come up with creative suggestions on how to prevent further spread of COVID-19. The advertisements were published by the state health department in most newspapers in the state
The advertisement states that there are two categories. In the first type, they call for suggestions in 150 words for ideas on breaking the coronavirus transmission chain. The Yogi government is then going to choose ten of the most âoriginal and innovativeâ submissions and they shall be rewarded a cash prize of Rs 10,000 each.
For the second category, participants are asked to submit a one-minute short-form video with possible ideas like, COVID-19 prevention tips, safety practices to beat the virus, measures to keep physical and mental health in check, and inspiring stories of patients who have successfully recovered from the virus. The best 100 entries in this category will be awarded Rs 10,000 each.
The criteria to judge the videos have also been mentioned. This includes the presentation, content, entertainment value, and technical quality of the submissions. To submit an email ID and a WhatsApp number has been provided. The last date for sending entries is 8 July and the names of the winners will be declared on 15 July.
Amit Mohan Prasad, UPâs principal health secretary has said that the main motive behind this contest is to defeat the coronavirus pandemic with the help of the citizens. âWe are encouraging people to make videos about coronavirus. One-minute videos have been invited from the public on various issues, including prevention for coronavirus, awareness, and ways to break the chain of infection. Selected entries will be given a cash award,â he said.
He insists that the contest submissions will be considered seriously for further action, âWe will work further on the basis of fresh ideas received from the public,â he added.
The opposition was rather critical of the move. Congress MLC Deepak Singh said the state government should be focused on measures that would give tangible results instead. âIf it is indeed concerned about the welfare of the people, then they should be informed about correct figures of coronavirus cases and more testing should be done,â he said.
Singh added that the government processes with regard to COVID-19 needed to be streamlined. âIt is a government led by people who believe in crazy ideas like clapping and banging plates to beat COVID. They have absolutely no idea about how to tackle this pandemic,â he added.
As of Tuesday, Uttar Pradesh has a total of 22,828 COVID-19 cases, which includes 672 deaths. While the nation stands at a grand total of 5,67,000 cases and 16,893 deaths.