Delhi government providing Rs 5,000 assistance to taxi, auto drivers amid COVID-19

The Cabinet Minister Kailash Gehlot also said that he felt happy to know that the drivers are getting financial assistance of ₹ 5000 in their accounts

On Sunday, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot claimed his Department has authorized more than 1.5 lakh applications under a program to provide each para-transit vehicle driver Rs 5,000 as one-time assistance during the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also confirmed the statement and said that the auto, taxi drivers have started receiving assistance of Rs 5000 in their accounts.

“This amount will reach the accounts of 1,51,000 driver brothers,” he said in a tweet.

The Cabinet Minister Kailash Gehlot also said that he felt happy to know that the drivers are getting financial assistance of ₹ 5000 in their accounts. “There will be some relief from this amount during this lockdown,” he added.

The minister was replying to a tweet from a person, a driver, named Laxman who had tweeted, “Respected Transport Minister “Kailash Gehlot” Thank you! You have been doing very noble work during this lockdown.”

Meanwhile, Kailash Gehlot said that the Department of Transport has cleared 1,55,301 cases for the financial assistance of drivers / owner of Para Transit vehicles and they will receive ₹ 5000 financial assistance in their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.

“Out of 155301 cases in the previous year, 151000 cases have been approved by National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). Their information has been sent to the bank for transfer of money. Transport and Finance Department officials are in regular contact with the bank, so that the beneficiaries can get the amount soon,” he stated.

He further revealed, “The remaining 4301 cases which have not been verified by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) are being sent again for verification.”

The Delhi government said earlier this month that it will expand its one-time financial aid plan to include e-rickshaw owners.

More than 60,000 permit holders of para-transit vehicles and owners of e-rickshaws registered in Delhi are anticipated to gain from the decision.

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