In a fight against the pandemic coronavirus, Madhya Pradesh government has decided to transfer Rs 700 crore which was designated for the IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Awards-2020) ceremonies to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on COVID-19 assistance.
Announcing the same, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the sum would help the large number of people affected by a novel coronavirus.
The information was given by CM Chouhan during a video conference held to review the preparation on COVID-19 crisis. He said, “The IIFA event was planned as a big event in the state, however, in the present situation the amount to be spent on the mega ceremony will be transferred to the CM’s relief fund for COVID-19 assistance.”
For the uninitiated, the previous Kamal Nath government had planned to organise IIFA ceremonies in the state. The government had previously earmarked around Rs 700 crore for the event stating that the event would project the state to far corners of the world.
The event was to be held in the last week of March, but the event was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Additionally, during the review meeting, the Chief Minister directed that the hotspot areas affected by a coronavirus in the state should be completely sealed.
He further informed that 18 districts have been affected by coronavirus. Ujjain, Indore, and Bhopal districts have already been sealed and the remaining 15 districts will also be locked down and sealed.