New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday assured his counterparts from all the states that people from their states, who had to come to live in Delhi, were the responsibility of his government, which, he said, will do everything in its capacity to help them. Also Read - Factories, Shops of Essential Items Can Run 24X7 in Delhi, Says Arvind Kejriwal
The development comes a day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Thursday, wrote a letter to 18 of her counterparts, including Kejriwal, urging them to provide aid to migrant workers from her state who now find themselves stuck in various parts of the country due to the ongoing 21-day lockdown. Also Read - 'Have no Money': Despite Kejriwal's Assurance, Daily Wagers Leave Delhi
Today, announcing a series of additional measures to help those stuck due to the lockdown, Kejriwal tweeted: “Lakhs of Delhi residents have come from other states. CMs and people from those states have been writing to me seeking help for these people.” Also Read - '5 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours,' Says Arvind Kejriwal; Total COVID-19 Cases in Delhi Rise to 35
“I want to assure all that migrants in Delhi are Delhiites. They are our responsibility. We will do everything in our capacity to help them,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief added.
Notably, in the wake of the announcement of the lockdown, videos have emerged from various parts of the country, including Delhi, of migrant workers leaving on foot for their home states as public transport has been closed due to the lockdown.
Besides Mamata, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, too, has sought help from his counterparts for workers from his state who are now stuck in various parts of the country.
Last night, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray tweeted: “This morning I received a call from Mr Derek O’Brien with a message from West Bengal CM Mamata ji. About 800 labourers from there are stuck in Maharashtra. Of course, we can’t let them go back as state borders are sealed, but we reached out and are taking care of them.”
In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night announced the 21-day lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.