India’s Home Minister Amit Shah has said the Government will take all necessary steps to check the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi. Chairing a meeting of all political parties in Delhi on the COVID-19 situation in the national capital, Mr. Shah urged all political parties to stand united under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this fight against the pandemic.
The Minister informed the all-party meeting of key decisions taken during a meeting convened by him on June 14 and appealed to all political parties to ensure that decisions are implemented in earnest at the ground level. He called on the parties to mobilise their workers to help implement the decisions taken by the Central Government for the welfare of the people of Delhi.
The minister urged all parties to rise above political differences in the interest of the people. Political unity will create confidence among the public and lead to improvement in the pandemic situation in the capital, he said.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Sanjay Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party, Mr. Adesh Gupta, Delhi State President of the BJP, Mr. Anil Chaudhary, State President of the Congress, and the representative of the BSP. Leaders attending the meeting gave proposals regarding the fight against COVID-19 and assured full support to the Central Government, Delhi Government and the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi.
The various decisions taken at the meeting convened by the Home Minister included, immediate provision of 500 converted rail coaches to the Delhi Government, adding 8,000 beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients, house-to-house health survey for Contact Mapping in Containment Zones and doubling of COVID-19 testing within the next two days and trebling the testing capacity in six days. The meeting also decided to ensure the availability of 60% of their Corona beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of Corona testing and treatment, constituting a Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Paul, Member NITI Aayog, to oversee these guidelines for private hospitals and setting up of a COVID-19 helpline under AIIMS Delhi for telephonic guidance.