New Delhi, July 06 2021 || News Desk
Synopsis: Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Congress has been demanding, since long, that the families of those who died of the Covid-19 virus should be paid an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh, under the Disaster Management Act, passed in 2005, as there was provision in the Act to pay compensation, but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind, rather belatedly, announced a measly sum of Rs 50,000.
Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ch. Anil Kumar said that though people of Delhi have been going through untold suffering and hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis for the past 15 months, and thousands of people have succumbed to the virus, the Arvind Government has not yet extended any help to ameliorate the plight of the people. He said that the Rs 50,000 compensation announced by Chief Minister Arvind for each Covid victim was a pittance, and an insult to the families who lost their bread-winners.
Addressing a press conference at the DPCC office, Rajiv Bhawan, here today, Ch. Anil Kumar said that Delhi Congress has been demanding, since long, that the families of those who died of the Covid-19 virus should be paid an ex-gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh, under the Disaster Management Act, passed in 2005, as there was provision in the Act to pay compensation, but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind, rather belatedly, announced a measly sum of Rs 50,000.
He said that thousands of people lost their lives in the first, second, third and fourth waves of the Covid-19 pandemic as Delhi was one of the worst Corona-hit Capitals in the world, but the official death figures given out by the Delhi Government till now (24,997) were far fewer than the death certificates issued by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi. He said that in the fourth wave of the pandemic between April and May, MCD issued 34,450 Covid death certificates, while the Delhi Government put the death toll at 13,201. He said that such a heavy death toll could have been averted had the Arvind Government been alert and active, instead it stirred up an imaginary oxygen crisis, which created panic among the people, resulting in hoarding and black-marketing of this life saving gas and other Covid medicines. Others present at the press conference were Ex-MP Shri Udit Raj and DPCC vice-president Shri Ali Mehndi.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Modi Government at the Centre had collected around 20 lakh crore from Excise Duty on petrol and diesel while the Arvind Government had pocketed over Rs 25000 crores in VAT, but the Modi Government filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court that the Centre does not have funds to provide compensation to the families of Covid victims while the Arvind Government’s decision to give Rs 50,000 to the families of Covid victims was very meagre, as many children have lost both their parents, and many families lost their sole bread winners to the pandemic.
Ch. Anil Kumar demanded probe by a retired judge of the Delhi High Court to find out the actual Covid death toll in the Capital, as many Covid deaths, including those in home isolation, were not included in the official Covid death category. He said that many people have suffered terrible after-effects of the Covid infection, requiring costly medical treatment, and an audit should be held to find out such category of people, to include them in the incentive beneficiary category.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that the Congress workers protested outside the residence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind demanding roll back of VAT on petrol and diesel, and bring them back to at least the level prevalent during the Congress regime, which will give a lot of relief to the consumers, but the Congress workers were beaten up by the police, including DPCC vice-president and five-time MLA Jaikishan, which the Delhi Congress strongly condemned, as it was an assault on the people’s right to engage in peaceful protests. He said that instead of listening to the demand of the Congress workers, who raised the issue affecting the common people, and who also wanted to remind Arvind of his pre-CM days when he used to boast that of his knowledge about “Tel Ka Khel”, but CM Arvind is a different man now, far removed from his common man image, when he won the Assembly elections with the votes of the common people.
Ch. Anil Kumar said that petrol and diesel prices have almost hit the near century mark in Delhi even though crude oil price in the international market was cheaper, compared to the days of the Congress Government when crude oil prices hit the roof, but petrol and diesel were sold rather cheaply in Delhi
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