Overwhelming public response to suggestions sought by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on lockdown relaxations in Delhi post-May 17

  • More than 548700 suggestions received through WhatsApp, e-mails, calls, and Change.org
  • Important suggestions received on a number of issues including transport, business, school-college, and industry
  • The Delhi government will refer to the suggestions received from the public and send a proposal to the central government on May 15

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday had sought suggestions from the public on the relaxations of lockdown post 17 May. With the COVID-19 lockdown extending up to three phases, CM Kejriwal said that based on the suggestions received by the people, his government will send a proposal on the same to the Centre on May 15, Thursday. He said that the suggestions received will also be discussed with doctors and experts.

The move to seek suggestions from the public by the Delhi government has received an overwhelming response. Till 5 PM on Tuesday, the Delhi government has received 4,76,000 WhatsApp messages, 10,700 emails, and 39,000 calls. 22,700 responses have been received on the Change.Org petition.

Addressing a digital conference on Tuesday, CM Arvind Kejriwal had sought 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. He also sought suggestions on whether markets and industrial areas should reopen.

The responses have been received under various categories such as industrial and MSME operations, transportation, education, and day-to-day activities of the people such as commercial and non-commercial activities.