Guwahati: Amid the ongoing battle against the Covid-19, each member of the Mizoram Council of Ministers has contributed 50% of their basic pay to the Chief Minister's relief fund to ramp up efforts to fight the infectious disease.
"Council of Ministers contributed 50% of their Basic Pay to the Chief Minister Relief Fund in the ongoing fight against this rampant Covid-19 pandemic", the state's Chief Minister Zoramthanga tweeted.
Deputy CM Tawnluia, Ministers R. Lalthangliana, Lalchamliana, R Lalzirliana, C Lalrinsanga, and Ministers of State K Lalrinliana, Lalchhandama Ralte, Lalruatkima, K Beichhua, T.J. Lalnuntluanga, Robert Romawia Royte, and Lawmawma Tochhawng have each contributed Rs 40,000 towards the cause in the month of May, taking the total sum that has been committed towards the relief fund to Rs 4,80,000.
Council of Ministers contributed 50% of their Basic Pay to the #ChiefMinisterReliefFund in the ongoing fight against this rampant #COVID19 pandemic.#MizoramagainstCovid19#TogetherWeCan pic.twitter.com/OGolNwq43k— Zoramthanga (@ZoramthangaCM) June 10, 2020
This announcement has been made days after Mizoram Governor, Sreedharan Pillai has earned plaudits for pledging 30% of his salary to the Chief Minister's relief fund during crisis time. "Overwhelmed at the generosity shown by Shri P.S. Sreedharan Pillaiji, the current serving Governor for the state of Mizoram, who out of love for the people will be contributing 30% of his salary to the CM Relief Fund for 6 months starting May 2020", Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga, lauding the Governor for his sacrifice, tweeted.
Mizoram, meanwhile, amid a rising number of Covid-19 cases, has entered a 14-days long 'total lockdown' phase that began on the midnight of June 9. On Wednesday, Mizoram registered 5 more Covid-19 positive cases, taking the total number of infected persons in the state to 93. A single patient has been released so far. After 669 samples were tested since June 8, 5 more positive cases (one each from Aizawl, Lawngtlai, Serchhip, and 2 from Saitual) were detected. The patients, 1 male and 4 females) are aged between 18-37. With the detection of these cases, the number of Covid-19 detections rose to a staggering 51 in a mere 48 hours.