Construction ban: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal announces financial aid of Rs 5,000 to 10 Lakh registered workers

New Delhi, November 2: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday ordered Labor Minister Manish Sisodia to provide Rs 5,000 each as financial aid to 10 lakh registered workers due to ban on pollution-related construction activities in Delhi .

With pollution levels worsening, the Centre’s air quality panel on Saturday ordered authorities to ban construction and demolition activities in NCR Delhi, except for projects essentials, and other restrictions as part of the third stage of the graduated response action plan. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Says Consumers Can Give Missed Call, Fill Form to Opt for Electricity Subsidy From Today; Check the details here.

The GRAP is a set of anti-air pollution measures followed in the capital and its surroundings depending on the seriousness of the situation. “Construction activities have been halted all over Delhi due to the pollution. I have ordered Labor Minister Sh Manish Sisodia to give Rs 5,000 as financial support to every construction worker during this period when the activities construction are not allowed,” Kejriwal tweeted.

The Delhi government will deposit Rs 5,000 into the accounts of more than 10 lakh of Delhi construction workers. A sum of around Rs 500 crores is to be spent on the project, a Delhi government statement said. Arvind Kejriwal alleges that the BJP bought off AAP MPs to smash the government of Bhagwant Mann in Punjab.

The aid amount will soon be deposited by the government directly into the accounts of registered construction workers, he said. The Delhi government had also spent Rs 350 crore to support 7 lakh construction workers last year due to pollution-induced ban on construction activities. Even during the coronavirus crisis, the Delhi government had provided aid of Rs 5,000 to all construction workers, he said.

A complete ban on construction and demolition activities has been imposed due to the increase in pollution in recent days. Due to the sudden building ban, there was a sense of anxiety among the workers who found them out of work for an uncertain period.

Air quality in Delhi improved slightly on Wednesday morning due to relatively better weather conditions. as part of the fourth stage of the GRAP.