Delhi Government announces free ration for 2 months, Rs. 5,000 each to autorickshaw drivers

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal stated that it does not mean that the lockdown will continue for two months and that it is done to help the poor going through the financial crisis.

Created On: May 4, 2021 17:27 IST
Delhi government extends help
Delhi government extends help

The Delhi state government announced on May 4, 2021, that it will provide free ration to all the ration cardholders in the state for the next two months and Rs. 5,000 each to all the taxi and autorickshaw drives in the state.

The decision has been taken as the government decided to extend the ongoing lockdown in the state till May 10, 2021.

As per the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, the imposition of lockdown was required to control the spread of the virus and for breaking the COVID-19 chain. However, he added, that the lockdown can create financial difficulties for the underprivileged sections of the state, particularly the daily wage labourers.

In 2020, the Arvind Kejriwal government had also helped around 1,56,000 taxi drivers and autorickshaw drivers.

Delhi extends help to those in need:

The Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal informed that the government has decided that all the ration cardholders in the state, around 72 lakh, will be given free ration for two months.

He further added that it does not mean that the lockdown will continue for two months and that it is done to help the poor going through the financial crisis.

The CM also announced that all the taxi drivers and autorickshaw drivers will be given Rs. 5,000 each by the state government. This will help them in going through the ongoing financial crisis.

Delhi Government provides financial aid to construction workers:

The Arvind Kejriwal government had also disbursed ex-gratia payments of Rs. 5,000 each to the construction workers who have been registered under the Delhi building as well as other construction workers' welfare boards.

The Chief Minister has urged all the political parties and people to help each other without doing any form of politics. He added that if we all fight together, we will be able to win the fight against the pandemic.

COVID-19 cases in Delhi:

On May 3, 2021, Delhi has reported 18,043 new infected cases and 448 deaths. This is also the single -highest death toll in the city since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020. The total active cases in Delhi now are 89,592.

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