Arvind Kejriwal speaks during an event. File
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on Tuesday that Rs50,000 ex gratia will be given to each family in the national capital that has had a COVID-19 death.
Stating that many families have lost their loved ones during the second wave of the pandemic, Kejriwal said, "We cannot fill that void, but we will provide financial help of Rs50,000 to each family that has lost at least one of its members to the pandemic."
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government will also provide Rs2,500 a month to the families whose sole breadwinner fell prey to COVID-19.
"There are many such families wherein the main earning members have died due to COVID-19. Delhi government will provide Rs 2,500 per month to each such family," Kejriwal said.
Also, children whose parents have succumbed to the virus will be given Rs2,500 per month, while Delhi government will bear all expenses for their education.
Apart from these, the Delhi government will also provide free ration to all the poor families which are struggling during the COVID-19-induced lockdown.
"Each such family in Delhi will be given 10 kg free ration (5 kg from the Centre and 5 kg from the Delhi government). There will be no need of producing income certificates to avail this ration. It would be given even to those who do not have a valid ration card," Kejriwal said.
The Chief Minister said that all these decisions will be approved by the Cabinet and implemented soon.
Indo-Asian News Service
The man had returned to Karnataka from Saudi Arabia about 10 days back and died in Kalburgi district on Tuesday.
State Agriculture Minister V.S. Sunilkumar told the media that the 69-year-old man was in isolation.
The foreigner had initially tested positive and was admitted to the Kasturba Hospital in Mumbai. Later he recovered and tested negative after which he was shifted to a private hospital where he succumbed late on Sunday.
The deceased patient's son and nephew took him to 18 private hospitals across the city on Saturday and Sunday but all of them rejected admitting him on some pretext such as unavailability of beds or ventilators.
A third wave of coronavirus infections is likely to hit India by October, and although it will be better controlled than the latest outbreak the pandemic will remain a public health threat for at least another year, according to a poll of medical experts.
He added, “What we experience today will become something of the past tomorrow. Joining university and getting a degree was the ultimate end of our parents, but I assure you that education will never come to an end."
In a flash of a second, the men started to climb the pipe attached to the building forming a human chain.