Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Announces Rs 5,000 Aid To Workers Amid Ban On Construction Work

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Announces Rs 5,000 Aid To Workers Amid Ban On Construction Work

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed Labour Minister Manish Sisodia to provide Rs 5,000 each as financial aid to labourers due to a pollution-related ban on construction activities in the city.

With pollution levels worsening, the Centre’s air quality panel had on Saturday directed authorities to impose a ban on construction and demolition activities in Delhi-NCR, except in essential projects, and other curbs under the GRAP III.

“Construction activities have been stopped across Delhi in view of pollution. I have directed Labour Minister, Sh Manish Sisodia, to give Rs 5000 pm as financial support to each construction worker during this period, when construction activities are not permitted,” Kejriwal tweeted.

Delhi and the nearby areas continue to reel under increasing air pollution, especially after the Diwali and Chatth Puja celebrations. Fire crackers were used in the celebrations despite the absolute ban by the court which further aggravated the situation. The Yamuna river was also coated in toxic foam due to the pollution and efforts are on to contain the same. Smog guns among other measures have been deployed to tackle the pollution menace.

The AAP government also in the past provided financial help to registered construction workers in Delhi during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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