Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal seeks suggestions of people, experts on lockdown relaxations post-May 17


  • Send in your suggestions on what relaxations you want post-May 17 by 5 PM tomorrow on 1031, WhatsApp no. 8800007722 or e-mail at delhicm.suggestions@gmail.com: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We will transfer ₹ 5000 in bank accounts of construction laborers like the previous month: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday sought suggestions from people on lockdown relaxations post May 17 and said his government will send a proposal on the same to the Centre on Thursday. He said that the suggestions received will also be discussed with doctors and experts.

Suggestions can be sent by calling toll-free number 1031, WhatsApp number 8800007722, or by sending emails to delhicm.suggestions@gmail.com by 5 pm on May 13, Wednesday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the third phase of the lockdown is till May 17. He said, “Yesterday (May 11), the Prime Minister discussed the situation with all the chief ministers of the country. After the discussion, the PM asked the states on the level of relaxations and restrictions that each state wants. He said that all states should send their suggestions by 15th May and the central government will decide on the activities post May 17 based on those suggestions.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Yesterday, the Prime Minister of India had a meeting with all the Chief Ministers of India. The PM has directed that all states should submit their proposal about the lockdown post-May 17 by May 15. I want to reach out to the people of Delhi and I want your suggestions regarding the removal of lockdown. The COVID-19 infection is indeed spreading and full removal of lockdown would not be a good idea. But I want your suggestions on the relaxation of lockdown, about the tenure and gravity of the relaxation, on the sectors that should get the relaxation, and whether the public transport system should begin or whether buses, autos, metros ply. I also want your suggestions on whether markets and industrial areas should reopen. If the relaxations come into play, we have to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and follow all the other norms. This is time to stop the spread of COVID-19 but there is also a need for staring the economic activities.”

“I want to ask the people of Delhi to send their suggestions on what they want post May 17. You can send in your suggestions by 5 pm tomorrow on the number 1031, WhatsApp no. 8800007722 or e-mail at delhicm.suggestions@gmail.com,” he added.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said “There is no voting on which suggestion has been received. They are the ideas of the people on what they feel about how easy the relaxations should be or what should be relaxed up to what extent. He said that he will also talk to doctors and experts about the relaxations. Based on the suggestions received from the people and experts’ opinions, the Delhi government will prepare a recommendation and send it to the Center by May 15.

Addressing an online media briefing, CM Arvind Kejriwal paid condolences to the family of Smt. Baikali who lost her life due to Corona on May 4. She was an MCD contractual teacher and was appointed for food distribution duty in a Hunger Relief Centre. He said, “She served her food distribution duty for the needy on 10th, 17th, and 18th April. But, on April 24 she could not come to the duty as she was unwell. First, she was admitted to the Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini, and then to RML hospital where she passed away on May 4. May God give strength to her family to face this irreparable loss. We all are proud of COVID warriors like her. The Delhi government will give an honorary compensation amount of Rs 1 crore to her family.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal also announced that the Delhi government has also decided to provide Rs 5,000 as financial assistance to the construction laborers this month as well. He said, “Labourers are working at several construction sites in Delhi. The poor are the most affected by Corona. Last month, the Delhi government had Rs. 5000 in the bank accounts of construction workers as financial assistance. This month, we will be providing Rs. 5000 as financial assistance to them. Money has been sent to some people’s accounts and those who are left will also get it soon.”