New Delhi: A day after thousands of daily wage workers and labourers thronged the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border to return to their hometowns, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged them to stay back ‘wherever they are’ and said the Delhi government will pay their house rents. Also Read - I am Sad, Tweets Manish Sisodia as UP Blames Delhi For Migrant Crisis: A Two-Pronged Emergency As Mudslinging Begins
“Large number of people are returning from cities they work in due to lockdown. I appeal to them to stay wherever they are,” Kejriwal said. Also Read - COVID-19: Delhi Police Doing Commendable Job in Testing Times, Says Star Paddler Manika Batra
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal also urged the landlords not to force their tenants to pay rent. Also Read - Delhi Police to Issue E-passes For Delivery of Essential Commodities- Here's How You Can Get it
“Appeal to all landlords not to force tenants to pay rent; if anyone unable to pay, the Delhi government will pay for them,” Kejriwal said.
He also urged the industrialists, businessmen and all well-to-do families not to allow their employees or workers go hungry at this tough time. “Please don’t let your workers go hungry,” he said.
Kejriwal said that if one person in huge crowd is infected with COVID-19, all can be affected and the virus can reach villages also.
“Yesterday, I saw pictures of the gathering of thousands of people. When you are standing in a crowd, even if a single person among it is infected with COVID-19, you will also get infected. Think about your own life and your family,” Kejriwal said.
He also said that the Delhi government has emptied stadiums, schools to shelter migrant workers.
“When Prime Minister Modi announced the corona lockdown he said, ‘stay wherever you are’. I think it is the mantra of this lockdown, if we don’t follow this the lockdown will not be successful and the country will fail in the fight against this virus,” he added.
He said that the Delhi government is providing lunch and dinner to more than 4 lakh people every day. “We are putting in all the efforts to make sure that everyone gets food in the national capital. There is no dearth of food and water,” Kejriwal said.