The Delhi government announced on Tuesday to provide free ration to all ration cardholders for the coming two months along with Rs 5,000 each to all the autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in Delhi.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “We have decided that all ration card holders in Delhi, around 72 lakh in number, will be given free ration for the next two months.”
It is just being done to help the poor going through this pandemic and it does not mean that the lockdown will continue for two months, he further said.
“Imposition of the lockdown was necessary to curb the spread of the virus and to break the COVID-19 chain. But a lockdown can create great financial difficulties for the underprivileged sections, especially the daily wage labourers,” said Kejriwal.
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All autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in Delhi will be given Rs 5000 each by the Delhi government so that they can get a little help during this financial crisis they are going through, announced the Chief Minister.
Earlier this week, the Delhi government informed that it has disbursed ex gratia payments of Rs 5,000 each to construction workers registered under the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
Delhi CM further urged all the people and all the political parties to help each other without doing any politics. “If we all fight together, I hope that soon we will win the fight against coronavirus,” he added.
Last year the Delhi government helped around 1,56,000 autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers, he further mentioned.
Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, the national capital reported around 18,043 new coronavirus cases and 448 deaths and this is the highest single day death toll in the city since the pandemic broke out.
The total active cases in the city now stand at 89,592. The cumulative positive cases now stand at 12,12,989, including 11,05,983 recoveries and 17,414 deaths.