New Delhi March 25
Day after the central government imposed a 21-day nation-wide lockdown in India to curb of a novel coronavirus from spreading, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal assured the people of the national capital, saying that the state government is prepared to ensure supply of essential goods to its residents.
While addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said that the Delhi government will issue passes for those providing essential services, adding that e-passes will be provided to those who need to open their shops and factories for these services.
“There is no need to panic. After PM Modi’s speech yesterday, people started lining up at shops for essential services. I again appeal to people to not do panic buying, I assure everyone that there will be no shortage of essential services,” Kejriwal said, as quoted by news agency ANI. The Delhi Chief Minister also said that a helpline number would be issued for the e-passes and urged people to stay at home during the lockdown period.
“Police Commissioner has introduced a helpline number at his office if you face any difficulty you can call at this number. The number is 23469536,” he said. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who was also present at the press conference, said that the government would ensure strict implementation of the lockdown in Delhi.
“While we would ensure effective implementation of the lockdown, we also want minimum inconvenience to the public particularly to the lower state of the society. During the lockdown we would assure that essential supplies are maintained,” he said, as quoted by ANI