BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has claimed that Delhi's private hospitals bought over 9 lakh vaccine doses while the state government procured only 8.17 lakh. He stated 46 lakh doses were supplied to Delhi from Centre; however, of the total vaccinated people, only 13% received their jab from the government hospitals. Accusing CM Arvind Kejriwal of politicising the issue, Patra also sought data for Sputnik Vaccine orders made by the government… read-more
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Citing shortage of COVID-19 vaccines in Delhi, CM Arvind Kejriwal has urged the Centre to increase Delhi’s share of vaccines. Kejriwal also advised the Centre to bring in the COVID vaccines at a national level, “instead of leaving it to the states to raise global tenders”. Meanwhile, CM Kejriwal has made four appeals to the Centre in relation to the same.
The Centre on May 19 slammed Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's statements which claimed that Singapore strain of coronavirus can usher third wave of COVID-19 in India. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, "Irresponsible comments from those who should know better can damage long-standing partnerships. So, let me clarify- Delhi CM does not speak for India". Singapore had also objected to Kejriwal's statement, saying the variant concerned… read-more
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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on May 18 announced a compensation of Rs 50,000 to families of COVID-19 victims and monthly pension of Rs 2,500 to families that lost their only earning member. Besides, children who became orphans will be given Rs 2,500 till the age of 25 along with free education. CM Kejriwal also stated poor people without ration cards can also avail free monthly ration without showing income certificate.
Singapore, in its retaliatory statement over Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's Singapore strain remark, said that the variant B.1.617.2 which Kejriwal is worried about is already in India. The Singapore government tweeted, "There is no truth in the assertion that there is a new COVID strain in Singapore" and that it originated in India only and causing clusters in Singapore. Earlier, Kejriwal had said Singapore strain can cause third COVID-wave. … read-more
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The Delhi government on May 16 announced the lockdown extension by a week till May 24 owing to the increasing COVID-19 cases. CM Arvind Kejriwal stated, "We are extending the lockdown for one more week." With over 66,000 active cases, Delhi registered 6,430 fresh cases on May 15. He added that the number of cases in declining trend "but I do not want to lose the gains".
The Delhi government has announced to provide financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to auto-drivers to support them during the lockdown. As per the state government, "Beneficiaries of the 2020 scheme need not reapply but will get the Rs 5,000 directly transferred to their bank accounts." The scheme will also benefit drivers of e-rickshaws, taxis, Gramin Sewa, eco-friendly Sewa and maxi cab drivers, after verification by the local authorities.
The Delhi government on May 14 announced free education for children who lost their parents to the deadly coronavirus. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the government will cover their education expenses and living as well. The government will provide financial assistance for the families who lost the only earning member to COVID-19, he added. Moreover, CM Kejriwal also highlighted the need to extend lockdown by another week.
Former journalist and Aam Adami Party MLA Jarnail Singh passed away on May 14 due to COVID complications. He was admitted to a hospital in Delhi after contracting the virus in the last week of April. The 47-year-old was also an author and had worked with the ones who were affected by the 1984 riots. Meanwhile, many leaders, including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, expressed their grief through Twitter.
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BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on May 10 attacked Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for spending Rs 804.93 crores on advertisements but not opening even "a single hospital". Responding to Kejriwal's remarks on the Centre's COVID-19 management, Patra also said, "Before forming his government, Kejriwal had promised to add 30,000 new hospital beds." Patra also questioned CM Kejriwal that why he thinks that the Centre is partial against the Delhi… read-more
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