New Delhi April 1st
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that the Delhi government will give Rs 1 crore for the families of health personnel who are working in different parts of the city if they lost their lives while handling the COVID-19 cases.
“If anyone loses their life while serving COVID-19 patients, whether sanitation workers, doctors or nurses, their family will be provided Rs 1 crore as respect to their service. Whether they are from private or government sector doesn’t matter”, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said as reported by news agency ANI.
Interacting with doctors, the chief minister said that at present, the Delhi government gives Rs one crore to the families of soldiers belonging to the national capital if they die in the line of duty. “During a war, a soldier protects his country, risks his life…. our whole nation is indebted to them. Today, the job that you guys (health workers) are doing is no less than that of a soldier. You are risking your life to save people of this country,” Kejriwal said.
“Delhi government had earlier announced that if any soldier dies while protecting the country, his family will be given Rs 1 crore. Today, as a mark of respect, I want to announce that if unfortunately, any health worker – sanitation workers, doctors or nurses – is martyred while serving COVID-19 patients, their families will be given Rs 1 crore. Whether they are from the private or government sector… it doesn’t matter,” Kejriwal added.
Kejriwal’s interaction with doctors came after three doctors tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier in the day, Delhi State Cancer Institute was shut for a day after a doctor tested positive for COVID-19. According to the officials, the Delhi government-run institute is being disinfected and that is why it has been shut for a day. The doctor, who tested positive for coronavirus, worked at the institute. The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi climbed to 120 on Tuesday after 23 new cases of the disease were reported. These 120 cases include 24 people who took part in a religious congregation at the Markaz in Nizamuddin West earlier this month.