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COVID-19: Delhi CM Kejriwal announces Rs 5000 for auto and taxi drivers, free ration for cardholders for 2 months

DNA logo DNA 04-05-2021 (DNA Web Desk)
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced that the Delhi government will provide free ration to 72 lakh ration cardholders in the city for the next two months. In addition to this, financial assistance of Rs 5,000 will be given to auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "All autorickshaw drivers and taxi drivers in Delhi will be given Rs 5000 each by the Delhi government so that they get a little help during this financial crisis."

The Delhi CM, however, cleared that this does not mean the lockdown imposed in the national capital to break the chain of transmission will last for two months.

As per the Delhi government, during last year's COVID-19 pandemic, it had provided similar financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to 1.56 lakh auto and taxi drivers, and Rs 10,000 to around 44,000 construction workers.

"The Delhi Government provided financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to each of 1.56 lakh auto and taxi drivers during last year's lockdown and will do so again to help them," Kejriwal said.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also hoped the situation in Delhi will improve and lockdown will not be needed. Right now Delhi is under lockdown till May 10 due to a steep rise in the number of COVID-19 cases.

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