Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday announced 10 kg of free ration in May (5 kg from Delhi government and 5 kg from the Centre’s quota) for residents of the national capital, adding those without ration cards will also be able to avail the benefit. He also announced free education for children orphaned due to the coronavirus.
“There are 72 lakh ration card holders in Delhi and they are given 5 kg ration by the government every month. This month, ration will be given free of cost. An additional 5 kg of free ration is being given by the Central government. So they are being given 10 kg free ration this month," Delhi CM said.
“Those who do not have ration card but are poor will also be given ration by the Delhi government. They need not produce their income certificate, they just need to tell us that they are poor and they want ration," Kejriwal said.
कोरोना के ख़िलाफ़ जारी इस जंग में कुछ परिवार बेहद मुश्किल हालातों का सामना कर रहे हैं, ऐसे सभी ज़रूरतमंद परिवारों के लिए कुछ महत्वपूर्ण घोषणाएं | LIVE https://t.co/tEAtZCKMSb— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 18, 2021
He said an ex-gratia amount of Rs 50,000 will be provided to families who have lost members to COVID-19. “Rs 2,500 will be provided to children who lost both their parents to the virus. They would also receive free education," the Delhi CM said. He also announced pension for families that have lost their sole breadwinners.
On Sunday, Kejriwal had extended the COVID-induced lockdown till May 24 with several experts attributing the lockdown to be the main factor behind the dip in cases.
The national capital reported 4,482 cases, lowest since April 5, and 265 fatalities on Tuesday while the positivity rate dropped to 6.89 per cent, according to the latest health bulletin released by the city government. This is the second day on the trot that the number of cases has remained below 5,000.
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