The Delhi Cabinet has approved the ₹5,000-assistance scheme for Auto, Taxi drivers to help them cope with the financial difficulties arising due to the second wave of Covid-19 and hence the related curfew announcements made by the Delhi Government.
The capital has been under lockdown since April 20 and therefore the initial week long curfew has already been extended thrice till May 17.
The financial assistance of ₹5,000 (to each eligible individual) are going to be handed bent all the individuals holding public service badge (drivers) of para transit vehicles and permit holders of para transit public service vehicles.
Delhi currently has over 2.8 lakh PSV badge holders and 1.9 lakh permit holders are eligible to use for the scheme and therefore the Delhi transport department has already made necessary budgetary provisions for an equivalent .
Even within the year 2020, when the primary wave of Covid-19 struck India, the Delhi had given an identical financial assistance amounting to ₹78 crore to quite 1.56 lakh auto/taxi drivers.
Beneficiaries of the 2020 scheme needn’t reapply, but will get ₹5,000 directly transferred to their Aadhaar-linked bank accounts.
It may be recalled that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had on May 4 this year announced that a one-time financial assistance of ₹5,000 are going to be provided to the PSV badge and permit holders of paratransit vehicles – – namely autorickshaws, E rickshaws, taxis, phatphat Sewa, eco-friendly Sewa, Gramin Sewa and maxi cabs.