The Delhi government sanctioned a one-off financial assistance of ₹From 5,000 to more than 150,000 drivers of auto-rickshaws, taxis, e-rickshaws and other modes of public transport, as a measure of relief in light of the Covid-19 lockdown, tweeted on Sunday. Minister of Transport Kailash Gahlot.
“… Under the leadership of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Department of Transport sanctioned financial assistance from ₹5,000 per month for 155,301 drivers and owners of public transport vehicles. The amount will be credited to their bank accounts from Monday, ”Gahlot tweeted.
Recipient drivers received similar assistance during the nationwide lockdown last year and have not had to seek assistance this year. A senior Delhi government official said more drivers were being registered and several more would likely be paid in the coming days.
On May 14, the Delhi cabinet approved ₹5,000 aid to drivers of public transport vehicles and holders of public service vehicle (PSV) badge and license, given limited economic activity during the lockdown and resulting financial hardship .
Among the beneficiaries, said an official, drivers of automatic rickshaws, electric rickshaws, taxis, “ Phat Phat Sewa ”, eco-friendly Sewa, “ Gramin Sewa ” and maxi taxi drivers with public service badges.
Delhi has more than 280,000 PSV lakh badge holders and 190,000 license holders eligible for assistance, the government said.
The chief minister announced a similar program on April 2 last year.
However, the Delhi high court arrested the state government on May 30, 2020 and ordered it to disburse the pledged amount at the earliest, while hearing a plea from an NGO that cited complaints from several vehicle drivers. transit companies who said they did not have I have no financial assistance.
Records have shown that the state government ultimately disbursed ₹78 crore in financial assistance to more than 156,000 car and taxi drivers in 2020.