BHOPAL: At a time when the government is preparing for the ministry expansion seven people in MP Raj Bhavan in Bhopal have tested positive for COVID-19. The incident has stirred up a hornet’s nest and thrown the government into confusion over how to hold the swearing-in ceremony. After 7 people who live in the staff quarters at Raj Bhavan tested positive, others have been quarantined.
According to rules, 1-km area where a corona patient is found is put under containment zone. After Raj Bhavan has been declared a containment zone, the plan to hold a big function like swearing-in ceremony has raised questions over the arrangements for tackling the pandemic. According to officials in Raj Bhavan, the area where staff quarters stand has been sealed.
There will be no problem in holding any function at the office in Raj Bhawan, they said. Nevertheless, those who live on the campus of Raj Bhawan were in continuous touch with ones who tested for corona positive.
So, there is fear among the employees in Raj Bhawan. Earlier, when principal secretary Pallavi Jain Govil tested positive for the disease there was a great hue and cry at Raj Bhavan where she had visited the day before she tested positive.
Governor Lalji Tandon together with many officers tested. Nevertheless, nobody was found positive at the Governor’s House at that time. Reports said the spread at Raj Bhavan is connected to Jehangirabad. Meanwhile, about the ministry expansion, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said it is in the offing. Chouhan visited the party office on Wednesday and discussed the matter with BJP’s state unit president VD Sharma.