A cabinet has still not been sworn in and the CM is functioning as minister for every department (there’s been some criticism about this).
Fair share: CM Chouhan distributing food packets in Bhopal
Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Shivraj Singh Chouhan was sworn in as chief minister on March 23, a day after the Janta Curfew when the state went into lockdown. His immediate task was to respond to the COVID-19 challenge. A cabinet has still not been sworn in and the CM is functioning as minister for every department (there’s been some criticism about this).
Chouhan’s typical style has been to reach out to people. Even now, sometimes he hits the streets, asking fruit sellers and vegetables if they were doing alright. It’s a nightmare for the local administration but Chouhan does it nonetheless. His other attempts at providing succor include scriptures which he cites in his social media messages. In the middle of the crisis, the new CM also transferred a number of key bureaucrats (for which again he has received a lot of flak). All meetings are now via video conferencing. Though for many in the state, especially daily wagers, food has become a problem, Chouhan is veering towards an extension of the lockdown beyond mid-April. Sources say a cost-benefit analysis decided the issue.