Delhi CM Kejriwal announces Rs 5000 relief for auto, taxi drivers, free ration for cardholders for 2 months

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today promised help to auto and cab drivers of the UT, whose incomes have taken a huge hit due to the coronavirus. The Delhi government also said it will give free ration to 72 lakh ration card holders.

UPDATED: May 4, 2021 14:38 IST

As the national capital fights the Covid-19 second wave, the Delhi government has decided to extend financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers to help them tide over the Covid-19 crisis.

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.”

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The CM also announced free rations for all ration card holders in Delhi for two months. “Delhi government to give free ration for two months to 72 lakh ration cardholders,” CM Arvind Kejriwal said. The Delhi CM, however, added this does not mean that the lockdown imposed in the national capital to break the chain of transmission will last for two months.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said he hoped the situation in Delhi will improve and lockdown will not be needed.

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During the first wave of Covid-19, the Delhi government had said it 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.

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“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.

Delhi is under lockdown till May 10 due to a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 cases.


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