People engaged in essential services in Delhi can call 1031, can avail e-pass on WhatsApp as soon as possible: CM Arvind Kejriwal
- *E-pass not required for the general public, people can go for the purchase of essential items: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
- *Landlords threatening doctors and nurses to evacuate will not be tolerated, strict action will be taken against such people: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
- *As a duty to society, please ensure no one in your colony or street goes hungry: CM Arvind Kejriwal*
New Delhi, March 25, 2020-Delhi is prepared to ensure the supply of essential goods to its residents during the 21-day "total lockdown" ordered by Hon'ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country, Hon'ble Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal said today. He also urged people, once again, to respect the lockdown and stay inside their homes during this period. Addressing a press conference CM Arvind Kejriwal said that his government will do their best to make sure nobody goes hungry. To ensure a smooth supply of essential services, Mr. Kejriwal announced a helpline number 1031, using which persons can apply for e-passes.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that in the last 24 hours, 5 new cases have come up in Delhi, out of which one case is foreign and 4 cases are via local transmission. This has totaled the number of cases to 35.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "We are here to serve you. Please do not engage in panic buying. It is our responsibility to provide you with all the essential supplies such as vegetables, milk, and medicines. Those who are providing essential services to the people, general store owners, water and electricity department employees, government employees, government hospital doctors, vegetable vendors, will be issued passes by the government. The employees belonging to government services such as hospitals will already have their identity cards. We will issue e-passes to people engaged in manufacturers, transport, and storage of essential items, as well as the people who work in private or government essential services. Also, people engaged in the supply and distribution of five basic essential items like milk, vegetables, ration shops, chemists and pharmacists. The helpline number for this is 1031. You can call the helpline number, intimate the authorities regarding the essential services you are engaged in, and you will be issued the e-pass."
"1031 is not a general helpline number, please do not make generalized calls on the number. I want to appeal to people to only use the helpline number if they are engaged in providing essential services and want an e-pass to be issued in their name. On the other hand, citizens do not need to have any pass for going to their nearby ration shops, general stores, or chemists for purchasing essential items," he added.
CM Arvind Kejriwal also warned landlords of strict action if they force doctors and nurses to vacate their premises under fear of infection. He said, "I also heard that some landlords are forcing doctors and nurses to vacate their spaces, under the belief that these doctors or nurses may have been infected while treating the patients. This will not be tolerated. We will take care of our doctors if something is to happen for them, we are there for them. The whole country should thank all the doctors and nurses, they are the only ones who can save our lives. We have issued orders in this regard and strict actions will be taken on behalf of the Delhi Police against landlords engaging in such unlawful activities."
CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that his government has increased the number of spots across the city where free food for the poor will be made available. "We have arranged for food for poor in our night shelters, free ration for 72 lakh beneficiaries, increased pension rates under widow, elderly and physically disabled schemes. However, there are a lot of people who fall outside the ambit of many schemes. We also know that people are more in number. We are increasing the number of spots where free food has been provided," he said.
CM Arvind Kejriwal had also addressed a joint press conference with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal earlier in the day. Hon'ble LG Mr. Baijal said, "In the apex committee meeting of the group which has been meeting every day in the wake of COVID-19, we congratulated the Hon'ble Prime Minister for the bold and decisive, but unavoidable initiative. Given the situation we are in, the lockdown was the only answer. How to implement this lockdown without adversely impacting people and meeting their needs, was discussed in detail."
He added, "We felt that we should implement the instructions given in the notification of the government of India, as effectively as possible. We are also going to issue instructions from the office of State-level Disaster Management Committee accordingly, for the benefit of users and suppliers of the services. While we would ensure effective implementation, we also felt that we want minimum inconvenience for the public, particularly to the lower strata of the society. We would ensure that the essential services are maintained during the lockdown. Details have been worked out on how we will go about it. Nodal officers and officers have been appointed for this. We would like to deliver the services either telephonically or online."
Followed by the Hon'ble LG, Hon'ble Delhi CM Mr. Arvind Kejriwal said, "The Hon'ble Prime Minister has announced a complete nation-wide lockdown yesterday, which was an essential step towards ensuring the welfare and good health of the people of the country. We have to ensure two things, the first is to avoid getting out of our houses, and second, only getting out of our houses for acquiring basic essential items."
He added that in the context of Delhi, the Central government, Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor, the Delhi government, and the Delhi Police are working in unison to ensure the safety and security of the people, along with working on providing essential supplies for sustenance. "We hope that all of you will support us in this endeavor," he said.
Mr. Kejriwal said, "We observed that after the announcement of the lockdown by the Hon'ble Prime Minister, there were long queues of people outside general stores. If we continue to crowd places this way, the whole purpose of the lockdown will be defeated and the local transmission will not be contained."
He said that the Police Commissioner of Delhi has issued an official helpline number 011-23469536, which can be contacted in case of any police-related problems.
"We have taken all efforts possible to ensure that nobody during this 21-day lockdown sleeps hungry. We are doing our best to provide convenience to you. There will be hindrances, but we are here to do our best," said the CM.
CM Arvind Kejriwal reiterated that it is important for the people to support the government in their actions. "Please be responsible, ensure no one in your colony or street goes hungry. This is our duty to society and a true act of patriotism," he said.
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*Delhi Government will assist construction workers through Delhi Labour Welfare Board*
*- 37127 registered construction workers will get the assistance immediately*
*- 9149 construction workers will get the assistance of Rs 5,000 as soon as registration is complete*
New Delhi, March 25, 2020-The Delhi government has expedited the process of assisting Rs 5,000 to the daily wage labourers associated with the construction work during the lockdown. Yesterday, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Delhi Mr Arvind Kejriwal made the announcement.
The Delhi government has already sent the file to Hon'ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Mr Anil Baijal on the said matter. The Delhi government will send the assistance amount to the account of all registered daily wage labourers as soon as it gets Hon'ble LG's nod.
Around 9149 daily wage labourers have not been registered under the board yet but process of registration of all these people already started, so that they can also be given relief amount soon.
There are a total of around 37127 registered (with Delhi Labour Welfare Board) labourers. To tackle the Coronavirus outbreak India is under 21 days lockdown. The Delhi government is working hard to ensure every basic facility to the people. The Delhi government is very concerned with the economic crisis faced by the poor people due to this lockdown, therefore, Mr Kejriwal yesterday announced the assistance.
*Delhi government is doing everything possible to reduce the problems of the people*
The Government of Delhi is continuously making positive efforts to save the people of Delhi from the outbreak of Corona virus and to reduce the troubles during lock down. All the Cabinet minister and MLAs are working on the ground to ensure the basisc facilities to the people.
Hon'ble Delhi CM is monitoring the whole work himself. Amid the surge in cases of Coronavirus in Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal announced a heap of measures, such as doubling pension under various pension schemes of the Delhi government, free ration for 72 lakh beneficiaries and free food in the night shelters across the city. The government has also decided to provide 7.5 kilos free rations to 72 lakh beneficiaries attached to ration scheme for one month. Earlier, wheat was available at Rs. 2/kg, rice at Rs.3/kg and sugar at Rs. 13/kg. Now, the ration will be provided free of cost at 50% more quantity than normal entitlements for April. The Delhi government has also decided to double the pension under the widow pension scheme for 2.5 lakh beneficiaries, old-age pension scheme for 5 lakh beneficiaries, and disability pension scheme for 1 lakh beneficiaries. The beneficiaries will get the pension amount for March and April, by April 7.