MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to chair first virtual cabinet meet from hospital bed

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to chair first virtual cabinet meet from hospital bed

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who tested positive for coronavirus on July 25 and is recuperating at a private COVID designated hospital in Bhopal, will chair the scheduled meeting of his cabinet at 11 am from his hospital bed on Tuesday. Chouhan’s cabinet colleagues will participate in the meet from their homes through video conferencing in what is being seen as the first virtual cabinet meeting anywhere across the country.

"All ministers will attend the meeting from their homes while Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will chair it from Chirayu Hospital," Medical Education Minister Vishwas Saran told.

Chouhan’s cabinet colleague Arvind Bhadoria who has also tested positive for coronavirus is admitted to the same hospital and will participate in the cabinet meeting from there itself.

Earlier, Bhadoria had traveled to Lucknow along with Chief Minister Shivraj Singh, state BJP president VD Sharma and BJP organization secretary Suhas Bhagat in the CM's official plane to participate in the last rites ceremony of MP Governor Lalji Tandon. He had first tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.

In the coronavirus tests that were subsequently conducted on Chouhan, Sharma, and Bhagat, the CM tested positive while the remaining two leaders tested negative.

According to sources in the government, all arrangements for the first virtual cabinet meet have been made by the state IT department that has put up a special system for the chief minister at the Chirayu Hospital through which he can interact with all his cabinet colleagues at the same time.