Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced free ration for 72 lakh ration card holders in the national capital. This free ration will be given to help the needy for next two months to survive during the lockdown imposed in the city.
He made this announcement with a clarification that this free ration for two months does not mean two months of lockdown. Kejriwal also expressed his hope at lifting up the restrictions imposed in Delhi soon after a decrement in Covid-19 cases.
The chief minister has also announced a financial aid of Rs 5,000 to each auto and taxi driver in the city as a sudden stop in their earning due to the lockdown. In this development total of 1,56,000 drivers will be covered. “These are those drivers who were provided a similar amount during the lockdown imposed for the first time in Delhi,” said Kejriwal.
“The amount, however, will not be sufficient for the drivers but it will surely help them economically during the crisis,” he added.
Mr Kejriwal also substantiate upon imposing the lockdown as it was necessary to contain the curb the coronavirus that is infecting about 25,000 people on everyday basis since few days.
Referring that the lockdown majorly affects the poor the AAP leader also said that the Delhi government had recently transferred Rs 5,000 to each labourer’s account in the national capital.
The city in its later daily cases has reported a spike of 18,043 new Covid-19 cases with 448 deaths in last 24 hours taking the total caseload to 12,12,989 in the national capital. The total fatalities reported so far in Delhi stands at 17,414.
The current lockdown in Delhi will end on May 10 at 5 am in the morning.