Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. (Photo Credit: ANI)
Amid continuous mass exodus of migrant workers from the national capital because of national-wide lockdown, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday urged them to stay back and follow the social distancing. “I have asked MLAs to request migrant workers to not leave Delhi as we have made arrangements for all. I will appeal that initiative of lockdown taken by PM is necessary to contain this epidemic. If people will migrate then COVID-19 cases will rise,” he said.
Kejriwal assured migrant workers that all arrangement is in place and Delhi government will take good care of them in this situation of crisis because of coronavirus pandemic.
“We have built the capacity to feed at least 4 lakh people from today onwards. We are also distributing food in over 500 schools and 238 night shelters,” the chief minister said.
“Our flying squads are patrolling in each district and distributing food packets to the needy. From tomorrow the distribution process will be carried out smoothly and food will reach everywhere,” he added.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia also made a similar appeal, while stating that the Delhi government has deployed 100 buses for people attempting to walk home from the city.
"The governments of UP and Delhi have arranged buses. Still, I appeal all to remain where they are. We have made arrangements for stay and food. Please stay at home. Do not go back to your village, otherwise the objective of the lockdown will fail," Kejriwal said in a Hindi tweet.
A Delhi Transport department officer said buses were deployed after a large number of people started walking to their home states. The DTC and cluster buses will drop them at points along the border with UP where buses from that state will carry them ahead, he added.
With PTI Inputs