Coronavirus outbreak: Delhi govt to give extra ration to 72 lakh people, double pension for 8.5 lakh beneficiaries
The Delhi government on Saturday said the novel coronavirus was causing terrible financial stress to the poor and announced that those receiving ration from fair-price shops would get 50 percent extra for next month
New Delhi: The Delhi government on Saturday said the novel coronavirus was causing terrible financial stress to the poor and announced that those receiving ration from fair-price shops would get 50 percent extra for next month.
During his first-ever digital-only press conference, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal doubled the pension for widows, differently-abled and elderly for this month.
Urging people to stay indoors, Kejriwal said the government had not imposed a lockdown in Delhi for now, but would have to do it if the need arises in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
"We are extremely concerned about daily wagers, labourers who have been hit hard over the coronavirus crisis; don't want anyone to go hungry," he said, adding that lunch and dinner would be provided for homeless in night shelters.
The chief minister said restrictions due to COVID-19 were causing terrible financial stress to the poor. "Seventy-two lakh people in Delhi get ration from fair price shops. Ration per person is being increased by 50 percent. It will be provided free," Kejriwal said.
The government has doubled the pension for widows, differently-abled and the elderly for this month, he said, adding that would benefit 8.5-lakh beneficiaries.
"The government has also reduced the size of social, religious and political gatherings to not more than five people," Kejriwal said. "It has not imposed a lockdown in Delhi for now, but will have to do it if the need arises."
Considering some people may have to travel due to an emergency, 50 percent of the buses will ply on roads in Delhi during the 'Janata curfew' on Sunday, he said.
The chief minister urged the elderly to stay indoors, and skip morning and evening walks for time being as "they are most vulnerable group and need special care". He announced that the goods and services tax would be waived to make it more affordable for those who needed to be quarantined and were opting for the paid hotel facility.
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 283 on Saturday, according to the Union health ministry. The deadly COVID-19 , which has plunged many states into near-total lockdown, has claimed a life and infected over 20 in Delhi.
A haunting silence pervades cafes, restaurants in Greece as the country's second lockdown continues for six months
Restaurants, bars and cafes, whose nature it is to gather groups of people closely together, have remained shut since November when the Greek government imposed a second lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections
Air India sale: Centre begins process of inviting financial bids; deal likely to conclude by September
Last month, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said there is no choice but to either "privatise or close" the airline which has a debt of 60,074 crore
COVID-19 surge: Efforts to increase beds in private, govt hospitals underway in Delhi, says Arvind Kejriwal
The Delhi chief minister chaired a review meeting on the COVID-19 situation in the National Capital on Monday