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Kejriwal seeks public suggestions for lockdown 4.0 relaxations

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New Delhi, May 12, 2020-

Asserting that the ongoing lockdown cannot be lifted completely after May 17, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday sought suggestions from the city residents on the relaxations in the lockdown 4.0 for sending it to the central government.

Kejriwal said though the lockdown, the third phase of which ends on May 17, cannot be lifted totally, there could be more relaxations.

Citing his meeting with the Prime Minister, Kejriwal said on Monday the Prime Minister discussed the situation with all the chief ministers of the country.

“After the discussion, the PM asked the states on the level of relaxations and restrictions that each state wants. He said that all states should send their suggestions by May 15 and the Central government will decide on the activities post-May 17 based on those suggestions.”

Kejriwal said he wants to reach out to the people of Delhi and want their suggestions regarding the removal of lockdown.

“The COVID-19 infection is indeed spreading and full removal of lockdown would not be a good idea. But I want your suggestions on the relaxation of lockdown, about the tenure and gravity of the relaxation, on the sectors that should get the relaxation, and whether the public transport system should begin or whether buses, autos, metros ply. I also want your suggestions on whether markets and industrial areas should reopen.”

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Kejriwal also said that if the relaxations come into play, people will have to maintain social distancing, wear masks, and follow all the other norms.

“This is time to stop the spread of COVID-19 but there is also a need for starting economic activities.”

He said he is now asking people to send him suggestions and ideas on what kind of lockdown relaxations should be provided in the national capital post-May 17.

The Chief Minister said that the Delhi government will consider these suggestions and forward them to the Centre on Thursday. Not just the public, he said, he will also solicit suggestions from experts and doctors. People can send their suggestions on the lockdown relaxation by 5 p.m. on Wednesday in three ways — dial 1031 and record their message; on WhatsApp at 8800007722; and email to [email protected]

“Waiting for your suggestions. The Centre will decide on whether the lockdown should continue or not, or how much it will be there,” Kejriwal said.

He said there is no voting on which suggestion has been received. “They are the ideas of the people on what they feel about how easy the relaxations should be or what should be relaxed up to what extent.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday.

The lockdown was imposed by the Centre for 21 days from March 25. However, it was extended till May 3 and later till May 17. Now, more states are demanding the extension of the lockdown.

Due to the lockdown, the national capital has reported a revenue loss of about Rs 3,200 crore in April as compared to the previous year.  (Agency)

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