Coronavirus: PM Modi urges people to share technology-driven solutions, win money
The challenge was launched on Monday and the last date of participation is March 31. The first prize will be of Rs 1,00,000, followed by second and third prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to come forward and share technology-driven solutions for Covid-19 or the novel coronavirus on the government’s portal Mygov.in. According to the portal, the government of India “is taking all necessary steps to ensure that we are prepared well to face the challenge and threat posed by the growing pandemic of COVID 19 – the Coronavirus”.
“The most important factor in preventing the spread of the virus locally is to empower the citizens with the right information and taking precautions as per the advisories being issued by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Further, we are also getting inputs with regard to individuals and companies who have developed technologies and innovative solutions, Bioinformatics, datasets, Apps for diagnosis etc that can be leveraged for strengthening the fight against Corona,” according to a statement on the Covid 19 Solution Challenge page of mygov.in.
The challenge was launched on Monday and the last date of participation is March 31. It says that applicants who want to participate in COVID 19 Solution Challenge can be individuals or startups that comply with the definition of startup (as notified by DPIIT vide order no G.S.R. 127(E) dated 19th February 2019).
The first prize will be of Rs 1,00,000, followed by second and third prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively.
Harnessing innovation for a healthier planet.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 16, 2020
A lot of people have been sharing technology-driven solutions for COVID-19.
I would urge them to share them on @mygovindia. These efforts can help many. #IndiaFightsCorona https://t.co/qw79Kjtkv2
The Indian government had launched the mygov.in website in 2014 as a citizen engagement platform to promote the active participation of citizens in the country's governance and development. The motive of the platform is to crowd source governance ideas from citizens.
घबराएं नहीं, बस सतर्क रहें और अफवाहों से बचें। देखिए किन सावधानियों को अपना कर आप खुद के साथ-साथ सबको सुरक्षित रख सकते हैं। #CoronavirusOutbreak #CoronaVirusUpdate #HelpUsToHelpYou #IndiaFightsCorona @MoHFW_INDIA @drharshvardhan @AshwiniKChoubey pic.twitter.com/hNxfjPM6Nx— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) March 17, 2020
According to the Ministry of Family and Health Welfare, the confirmed COVID-19 cases across India have soared to 126, with three deaths. The deadly pandemic has so far killed 7,100 people across the globe.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan is in self-quarantine in Trivandrum, Kerala.
India has also banned the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia with immediate effect amid the virus outbreak.