Time to Reopen Delhi, said Arvind Kejriwal

Time to Reopen Delhi, said Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi is “ready to lift the lockdown” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today, announcing a list of services and industries which have been given restricted relief as the countrywide lockdown is set to enter its third phase. “The time has come to re-open Delhi. We will have to be ready to live with coronavirus,” declared the Chief Minister at a press conference on 3 May’s evening.

The list of relaxations and rules for Lockdown 3.0 announced by Delhi government include:

  • All government offices to become operational from tomorrow. Those involved in essential services will see 100 percent attendance.
  • For non-essential government departments, only deputy secretary and 33 percent of staff will be allowed to report to work.
  • Private offices can function with 33 percent of staff.
  • Suspension of travel by flight, Delhi Metro, and the bus will continue in the national capital. Plying of cycle rickshaws and autorickshaws, running of taxis and cab aggregators, intra-district and inter-district plying of buses will remain shut.
  • Schools, malls, gyms, and social, political, cultural, and sports gatherings will remain banned.
  • Salon and barbershops will remain closed.
  • No movement of people will be allowed from 7 pm to 7 am.
  • Those aged above 65 years, pregnant women, those with pre-existing medical conditions, and children below the age of 10 shall continue to stay at home except for meeting essential requirements and for health purposes.
  • Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange and Green Zones, with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; however, these will not be permitted within the containment zones.
  • Self-employed personnel is allowed to resume commercial activities.
  • Connaught place, malls, and markets will remain closed barring shops selling essential goods.
  • Stationary and standalone shops will be allowed to open.
  • Print and electronic media, private security firms can open.
  • Firms involved in the manufacturing and supply of essential goods will be allowed to open.
  • I-T, hardware, and e-commerce firms will be allowed to provide essential services.
  • Private vehicles carrying a driver and 2 rear passengers will be allowed to commute but only to access essential services.
  • Wedding functions with 50 people will be allowed. Funerals allow 20 people.
  • Industrial establishments in industrial areas/estates, SEZs, and EOUs with access control have been permitted.
  • The other industrial activities permitted are manufacturing units of essential goods, including drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, their raw material and intermediates; production units, which require continuous process, and their supply chain; manufacturing of IT hardware; jute industry with staggered shifts and social distancing manufacturing units of packaging material.
  • In-situ construction (where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside) and construction of renewable energy projects are allowed.
  • All standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops, and shops in residential complexes are permitted to remain open without any distinction of essential and non-essential.
  • Shops selling liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco, etc. are allowed to operate provided they are standalone (single) shops, neighborhood (colony) shops, or shops in residential complexes. These shops shall ensure a minimum 6 feet distance among customers and also ensure that not more than 5 persons are present at one time at the shop.
  • All agriculture activities, e.g., sowing, harvesting, procurement, and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain are permitted.
  • A large part of the financial sector remains open, which includes banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), insurance and capital market activities, and credit co-operative societies.
  • All goods traffic is to be permitted, which is essential for maintaining the supply chain of goods and services across the country during the lockdown period.

Because of the lockdown, the government is not able to get any revenue. “How will we pay salaries? How will the government function? Every year, in April we used to make at least Rs 3,500 crore revenue, this year, we have made only Rs 300 crore revenue. We can’t pay salaries with this money,” he added.

Kejriwal said that even if the number of cases increases, the state is prepared to handle it.

“We are suggesting to the Union government that all containment zones should remain sealed. Rest they can start terming as green zones. Shops can be opened on an odd-even basis. Even after the complete lifting of lockdown, if a few cases increase, we are prepared to handle that as well,” Kejriwal told reporters.

Although residents of Delhi seems not so happy with this decision as Delhi. Delhi has 4549 confirmed cases of Corona and over 64 deaths had been reported till now.

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