Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Lt Governor that the decision for the doorstep delivery of ration has attained finality. Besides, it does not need Anil Baijal, the Lt Governor's approval. “Hon’ble L-G’s insistence on referring the matter to the central government for its approval does not appear correct. The approval of the Centre is neither mandated nor necessary,” Kejriwal said.
Courtesy: The Indian Express
A Delhi government hospital has drawn criticism after issuing a circular instructing nurses to not to talk in Malayalam. The Govind Ballabh Pant hospital's circular stated all communication at the workplace should be done in Hindi or English to avoid "serious action". While the hospital authorities cited that maximum people there did not know Malayalam, nurses' union has objected to the inclusion of the language's name in the circular.
Courtesy: Deccan Herald
The Delhi government has announced new relaxations to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in the state, effective from June 7. While private workplaces are allowed to function at 50% capacity, government offices can run with 100% of group A staff and 50% of group B. The Delhi Metro services will also resume with 50% occupancy. Besides, malls and local markets can operate on an odd-even basis from 10AM to 8PM.
Amid deepening COVID crisis, the Delhi HC has directed the AAP government and civic bodies to ensure preparedness for malaria and dengue outbreak. The court asked the bodies to file their status reports by May 27. Taking suo-moto cognisance of the mosquito-borne diseases, the court said due to COVID-19 the government and corporation body have neglected the measures to contain mosquito infections and 'You need to pull up your socks.'
Courtesy: Times Of India
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 Delhi government on May 15 started oxygen concentrator banks in every district. Reportedly, partnering with Ola Foundation and Give India, the Delhi government created a 200 oxygen concentrator banks in each district. Providing home delivery of concentrators, the government has also provisioned of sending technician to assist the use. CM Kejriwal said the medical team monitoring the home-isolated people will also help in admitting them to… read-more
Courtesy: Business Standard
The Delhi government on May 13 sought the Centre to give Delhi’s surplus oxygen quota to other states. Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said Delhi’s oxygen requirement has dropped from 700 metric tonnes to 582 metric tonnes/day. Thanking the Union and Delhi HC for rendering help in crisis, Dy-CM Sisodia said the positivity rate in Delhi dropped by 14% along with an increased availability in number of beds and oxygen concentrators.
The Prime Minister’s Office has written to the Union Health Ministry to allot 150 ventilators bought with the help of PM Cares fund to Delhi-based Sardar Patel COVID Care Center. Equipped with GPS devices the machines will be provided on six months loan to the COVID facility jointly run by the ITBP and Delhi government. The PMO also requested for speedy installation of the machines at the 500-oxygen bed facility.
Courtesy: The Hindu
Citing four deaths at Tihar jail due to COVID-19, the authorities have requested the Delhi government to allow the release of prisoners over parole. Reacting on the request, the officials have intended to decongest the jail as over 20,000 inmates i.e almost double the official capacity are currently lodged. However, several petitions among the city jails have been filed for the release of prisoners, accused of non-heinous crimes.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on April 29 said that Delhi does not have enough COVID vaccines to inoculate everyone above 18 years. Jain said “We have made requests to the company regarding vaccines, we will tell you when it comes”. Notably, the statement came after Centre said that over one crore vaccines are still available with the states and UTs and 20 lakh additional doses soon delivered to them