Ready to sew masks at home, government of MP will now pay you
Bhopal: The government of Madhya Pradesh has launched a novel scheme to mask up its citizens by paying them up for manufacturing masks at home. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday launched the new Jeevan Shakti scheme under which the government will pay up Rs 11 per for a cotton mask. While launching the scheme the CM also interacted with some of the women who have registered themselves for the initiative. Terming it as virtuous work he spoke with women from districts of Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Raisen and Neemuch.
It was on April 1 when the union government had allowed home made masks to be used in the Coronavirus pandemic. Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India, K Vijay Raghavan, had released a manual for making re-useable masks at home, using cotton cloth.
Masks lower the chances of coronavirus entering the respiratory system through droplets from an infected person. According to a recent study in the New England Medical Journal, SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes Covid-19 — can be detected in aerosols for up to three hours and on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces for up to three days.
The manual released by the top scientific officer said masks made of a double-layered cotton cloth are capable of trapping most tiny particles of .02-micron size (up to five times smaller than coronavirus). In tests carried out by scientists, while a surgical mask captured 97 per cent of the particles of this size, the re-useable cotton mask captured 70 per cent of smaller particles.
Considering that coronavirus is at least five times bigger than these particles, the home-made masks are as good as surgical masks in containing the spread of Covid-19 infection, as per the manual.
Besides, the cotton masks are easy to make, allow one to breathe easily and can be reused if properly washed and dried. The statement said that if 80 per cent of the population wears the mask, the outbreak can be stemmed immediately.
Those interested in making masks will have to register themselves through their telephone or mobile by calling the call centre number 0755-2700800. After registration, they will get order as per requirement to make masks on their mobiles. A minimum order is of 200 pieces.
The government has also launched a Facebook page for more information.
Once completed the masks will have to deposited to a designated officer of the local urban body and payment will be transferred into the bank account in 48 hours.