A yr in the past, the folks of Delhi gave me the chance to serve them for the third time as their chief minister. In a rustic the place governments change each 5 years, I contemplate it a terrific honour that my folks reposed their religion in me and the Aam Aadmi Celebration. We set many difficult, bold objectives for our first yr this time period. The universe, sadly, had different plans. Quickly we have been all confronting one of many biggest challenges to face humanity. As we began getting ready to face the pandemic, many experts said that Delhi, like most different worldwide cities, would crumble underneath stress. However in reality, with the collective effort of each single man, girl and youngster of my metropolis, now we have come out of this disaster stronger than ever earlier than.
Your complete world, nation, and the folks of Delhi have been combating the pandemic for the previous yr. It was particularly tough for Delhi as we bore the brunt of the first wave. 1000’s of incoming passengers from everywhere in the world arriving within the Capital led to a number of an infection spikes throughout the previous few months. The US recorded 6,300 instances in New York within the first week of April, far fewer than Delhi on the time. But the well being system of maybe the best metropolis on the planet was dropped at its knees. There have been traces of New Yorkers on the streets outdoors hospitals, which have been full, with no house for sufferers even within the corridors. Main cities all around the globe, irrespective of how refined their methods, have confronted important challenges. Many have been dropped at the purpose of collapse. Some did collapse.
However in Delhi, even in November 2020 — with the town recording a file excessive 8,500 Covid-19 instances a day — we had greater than 7,000 beds vacant for sufferers who sought remedy.
On July 2 final yr, our authorities launched India’s first plasma financial institution at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Delhi. The Delhi authorities was the primary in India to hunt permission for trials of plasma therapy in April 2020. Subsequently we turned the primary state to open a plasma financial institution in India in July 2020. A complete of 4,929 sufferers have acquired plasma from the plasma bank at ILBS hospital. With the success of the primary plasma financial institution, a second plasma financial institution was commissioned at Delhi’s LNJP hospital. Taking a cue from the ‘Delhi Mannequin’ of battling Covid-19, the US adopted the mannequin of convalescent plasma remedy for the remedy of critically-ill coronavirus sufferers.
The home isolation model of the Delhi authorities was a lot appreciated all through the nation. Round 312,000 folks have been handled underneath residence isolation thus far, a way we have been the primary to pioneer, at scale. It was later adopted by a number of cities throughout the globe. This mannequin helped asymptomatic sufferers or sufferers with delicate signs get well within the consolation of their properties, with enough provision of steering and help from the Delhi authorities’s medical groups.
Whereas we have been dealing with the pandemic, we additionally needed to face a humanitarian disaster within the type of unemployment and migration triggered as a result of lockdown. Over 13 million folks have been supplied with free ration each month throughout this era. This accounts for almost 65% of Delhi’s inhabitants. We offered one-time monetary help to auto and taxi drivers– an important lifeline for thus many households who had no supply of earnings throughout the lockdown.
All through this entire course of, this unrelenting battle in opposition to Covid-19, we labored laborious to verify no individual needed to depart their residence and stand in a queue to get help. My authorities was effectively conscious that a number of the worst affected folks throughout the lockdown have been building workers–and they have been supported with the very best monetary help of ₹10,000 every. Roughly 40,000 building staff who have been registered in Delhi with the Construction Workers Welfare Board benefited from this initiative.
To salute the contributions of our Corona warriors, my authorities launched a singular scheme underneath which, if a Corona warrior, be it civil defence volunteers, policemen and policewomen , docs, sanitation staff, misplaced their life to Corona, their households can be supplied with monetary help of ₹ 1 crore from the Delhi authorities. At each level on this battle the folks of Delhi have stood firmly by those that have stood with them.
Amidst these chaotic situations, the scholars of Delhi authorities colleges made us all proud by excelling of their class 12 board examinations. 98% of our college students handed. This has been a historic excessive and a stamp of approval for Delhi’s schooling system. As soon as once more, they managed to outperform Delhi’s non-public colleges. One other vibrant spot this yr was discovering a viable answer to the recurring subject of stubble burning that causes air pollution throughout northern India. We collaborated with IRAI to efficiently pilot the Pusa bio-decomposer technique. This can show to be a landmark step that may carry down air pollution arising from crop stubble burning.
Though the federal government was battling Corona for a lot of the final yr, we additionally ensured that work didn’t cease on different vital points dealing with the nationwide capital. Within the coming yr, we will probably be launching some flagship schemes that may additional enhance the lives of hundreds of thousands of Delhiites. I’m comfortable that the doorstep delivery of ration will probably be began by the month of March, after which individuals will now not must queue up at a ration store. Will probably be delivered at their residence at a time of their comfort. This can eradicate the frequent corruption and harassment confronted by so many individuals as they wait for his or her month-to-month ration. That is actually a revolution within the historical past of Indian public distribution.
This yr has taught us many classes. It has been a yr of self-reflection for many of us. We’ve got all had an opportunity to reassess the priorities in our life. I, for one, really feel grateful and privileged to have been given a possibility to serve the folks of Delhi. I promise to work more durable and do my greatest to be sure that our lovely metropolis is prepared for any problem that we could ever come throughout. Covid has solely made the sturdy folks of Delhi even stronger.