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Delhi govt will give Rs 5000 to each construction worker as their livelihood has been affected due to COVID-19 outbreak: CM

Number of night shelters in the city has been increased and more food is being distributed for poor people: CM

In the last 40 hours Delhi has not reported a single COVID-19 case: CM

Discrimination of any person who is working in the battle against Coronavirus as a doctor, nurse, pilot or air hostess is unacceptable: CM

Addressing a video conference on Tuesday Hon’ble Cheif Minister of Delhi Mr Arvind Kejriwal proposed that the Delhi government will give Rs 5000 to each construction worker as their livelihood has been affected due the outbreak of coronavirus under the Construction Workers Welfare Board Fund. He also said that the number of night shelters in the city has been increased and more food is being distributed for homeless people. The Delhi CM reassured the people that the state did not record any new case of coronavirus in the last 40 hours. Mr Kejriwal also said that due to Curfew, several people were not able to get food, and urged the public to send such people to the nearest shelters of Delhi government, where food was arranged.

“Today I want to tell you that in the last 40 hours there has been not a single new Coronavirus positive case in Delhi. Earlier we had total 30 such positive cases and among them, many people are getting better and going home. Till now 5 people have survived and gone home. Right now we have only 23 positive cases in Delhi. But I want to tell you that this is good news but there is no need to cheer yet because the number of cases can increase any time if we do not put proper restrictions or if you do not follow the restrictions. In Italy, in the last 24 hours, more than 600 people have died and in America, in the last 24 hours, more than 150 people have died,” said Mr Kejriwal.

He said that this is an alarming situation worldwide that is why Delhi government has imposed such tough restrictions like lockdown and curfew. “We are trying our best because we understand that these restrictions have brought many difficulties in your life but this is something we have to do because we want to save you, your family, your neighbours and every resident of Delhi,” said the Delhi CM.

He further added that the beauty of India is humanity. “Yesterday I requested the residents of Delhi to come together and help each other in this tough time. Today I am very happy that many people are coming forward and helping each other. In Delhi, nobody should suffer in hunger and it is our collective responsibility to stand beside each other. I also requested the house owners not to force the tenants if they cannot pay the rents. I am not suggesting to not take the rent but the owners can delay the collection or take it in instalments. It is very encouraging that many people have responded to this call and I have received hundreds of messages where people have described how they are helping each other. I am proud of such citizens and I want to tell them that you are the real patriots of India. I want to take the name of Raj Bainsla Ji who has decided that he will not take the rent for the month of March from any of his tenants. Anil Kaushik Ji has informed that he will not take rents from his tenants and drivers for the months of March and April. Naveen Nambardar Ji has also decided not to take rent of this month from his tenants. Azad Shaukeen Ji has also decided the same. Sukant Ballav Ji is an additional DCP of North East Delhi, has taken an old man on his car to the hospital for dialysis. I want to thank all these people for such encouraging steps in this tough time,” said Mr Kejriwal.

He said that the Delhi government is working to ensure that not a single person in Delhi should suffer from hunger. “We have already started distributing food in all the night shelters of Delhi where any person can come and eat. We have witnessed that the number of people is increasing, therefore, we have also decided to increase the number of such night shelters and we will also increase food distribution. But again I want to tell you that I am very happy to know that many people are coming forward to volunteer in the distribution of foods. Many people have said that they will ensure not a single person in their area will suffer from hunger. Gaurav Rai Ji’s name I want to mention because he has ensured that he will distribute food to all the needy people in his area. These are very encouraging incidents and this is how as a nation we become stronger. We all need to come together and ensure that not a single person in our area will suffer from hunger. If we can all come together then that will be the biggest achievement in this toughest time of our country,” said Mr Kejriwal.

He further said that last Sunday in the invitation of our Hon’ble Prime Minister every citizen of India held Janta Curfew across the nation and at 5 PM all came to the balconies and clapped as a mark of encouragement to the people who are serving us in this tough time. “We want to show our gratitude to the nurses, doctors, pilots, air hostess, and other people working on this battle. But with much regret, I am saying that I have received complaints in many places in Delhi that these great people are facing discrimination. Somewhere the people did not allow a pilot to enter the colony because they thought that he could be affected by Coronavirus and the same has happened in some other cases. This is something absolutely unacceptable and such discrimination should not happen in our country. The people who are working as doctors, nurses, pilots, air hostess their responsibility is also ours. If anyone is affected by Coronavirus it is our responsibility to do their treatment so that they can recover fast but if they are not affected then they should not face any kind of discrimination. These are the people who are working relentlessly to give you proper medication and support, therefore, these people should be welcomed and they should not face any kind of discrimination,” said Mr Kejriwal.

He added, “From today we have started preparation to build a foolproof health system to combat the situation if ever we get into stage three of this pandemic. Under senior Dr Sareen, I have constituted a team which will make all the preparations and submit me a report within 24 hours. We do not want to get into stage three but we have to be fully prepared in terms of medical support.”

He also said, “Delhi government will give Rs 5000 to each construction worker as their livelihood has been affected due the outbreak of coronavirus under the Construction Workers Welfare Board Fund.”

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CM welcomed a list of people who have come forward in this fight to help the residents

1) Raj Bainsla has decided that he will not take the rent for the month of March from any of his tenants.

CM’s Tweet: Raj Bainsla ji, your step is highly appreciated. At this time, we all have to work for each other and have to help each other. People like you are an inspiration to everyone. I also appeal to other landlords – if your tenant is unable to pay rent, then delay the collection.

Link: https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal/status/1242361231261831168

Anil Kaushik: He has decided not to take rent from his tenants and drivers for the months of March-April.

Link: https://twitter.com/anilkaushik07/status/1242397454089109509

Naveen Nambardar and Azad Shaukeen: They have also decided not to take rent of this month or the next month from his tenants.

Link: https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal/status/1242422336449478657

AD DCP North East Sukant Ballabh: He used his official car to transport an elderly man who needed dialysis urgently to the hospital.

CM Tweeted: Great Sukant ji. This is a time to show empathy and help fellow beings. Let’s all help each other.

Link: https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal/status/1242358723592384512

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