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In an attempt to bring relief to the lives of auto-rickshaw drivers in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that drivers will be paid an amount of Rs 5,000 to help them sustain.
The Delhi Auto-Rickshaw Association had demanded that they receive some form of help from the government after the lock down affected their earning and livelihood.
The Government of Delhi has already started processing payments of Rs 5,000 into the drivers' bank accounts. The Ministry announced that a total of 23,000 auto-rickshaw drivers will be helped via this initiative.
Delhi Transport Minister. Kailash Gahlot said, "A total of 1.60 lakh applications have been received by the government. Of this, 23,000 auto drivers have been provided with a direct transfer scheme of Rs 5,000, after verification of Aadhaar Cards and bank accounts."
Auto-rickshaw drivers however, are skeptical of the initiative, and most feel that this is a rather ambitious project taken up by the government. They feel that most rickshaw drivers do not know how to apply for the benefit, and have no support from the government.
Others feel that the Rs 5,000 is a big help, and will help auto-rickshaw drivers take care of themselves and their families.
With a nationwide lock down in place, auto-rickshaw drivers have been rendered jobless for now, and are unable to cope with daily survival considering most of them have to earn on a daily basis.
In Delhi related news, the city recently got its first Covid-19 drive-through testing facility. Set up by a Dr Dang at the West Punjabi Bagh area in Delhi, the facility collects DNA samples to be tested for Covid-19.
To get tested, one has to book an appointment via the facility's website. One also has to upload a government issued identity card (Aadhaar Card, Driver's License, Passport, etc.), and a doctor's prescription that advises Covid-19 testing. To know more, click here.
Thoughts About The Delhi Government Financially Supporting Auto-Rickshaw Drivers
While this is a fantastic initiative, what about the other 1.37 lakh auto-rickshaw drivers? Why isn't the Government of Delhi helping them? The government cannot be bias about who to help and who not to. The initiative is great Mr Kejriwal, but the government needs to do a whole lot more.