Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Credit: File Image)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday urged Delhiites to adhere to the norms of the lockdown in the national capital which has been imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. The chief minister said that the restriction on public movement will be tightened-up from tomorrow. Requesting people to stay at home, Arvind Kejriwal said that strict actions will be taken against those who violate the norms set by the government.
"I have been informed that many employees of hospitals, Delhi Jal Board, Electricity Board&other essential services department faced difficulty in reaching offices due to less number of DTC buses. From Tomorrow, 50 per cent of DTC fleet will remain operational," Kejriwal added.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had showed his displeasure over violation of norms by some people. He requested all state governments to make sure that the citizens adhere to the rules and regulations. PM Modi took to Twitter to point out that people are still not taking the lockdown seriously.
"Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments to get the rules and laws followed," the PM tweeted on Monday morning.
Responding to PM Modi’s call, Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and wrote, "I agree with you sir. Today many people violated the lockdown. This is not at all acceptable." The chief minister also assured that the state will implement the lockdown norms strictly.
Currently 13 states and 80 districts are in complete lockdown, barring essential services, while citizens have asked to minimise interaction at every level to stop the spread of novel coronavirus.
The lockdown orders were issued after Indian followed a 14-hour-long Janata Curfew appealed by the prime minister. While the purpose of the whole exercise was to increase isolation, many people were seen taking large gatherings or even celebrating together during the curfew on Sunday. Meanwhile, the centre has asked states to strictly enforce lockdown and to take legal action against violators.