Delhi govt gives ‘Samman Rashi’ of ₹1 crore to families of Covid warriors

Delhi Govt had announced to donate ₹1 crore to the families of COVID warriors who lost their lives while performing their life during the second wave of COVID-19

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By: Alok Singh | NEW DELHI
Updated: 18 January, 2023 4:00 am IST
Kailash Gahlot pays his obeisance to Dr Bhupendra Gupta

Delhi Revenue minister Kailash Gahlot visited the families of the deceased COVID-19 warriors, Jessy Mathew and Dr Bhupendra Gupta and handed over cheques of ₹1 crore each to their families on January 17.

Delhi Govt had announced to donate ₹1 crore to the families of COVID warriors who lost their lives while performing their duties during the second wave of COVID-19. The government has already donated the money to a dozen COVID warriors.

On Tuesday, the Revenue Minister gave the ‘Samman Rashi to two such families in Timarpur, in north Delhi. MLA Dilip Pandey from Timarpur and senior officers from the Revenue Department were also present during Gahlot’s visits.

Kailash Gahlot also consoled the family members of the Corona warriors and assured them of all possible help from the Kejriwal government.

Late Jessy Mathew hails from Kerala. She worked as a medical lab technician at Loknayak Hospital in Delhi. While on duty in 2021, she developed symptoms of COVID and later succumbed to the dreaded virus on April 24, 2021. She left behind her husband and a daughter.

Kailash Gahlot with family members of late Jessy Matthew


Late Dr Bhupendra Gupta was a resident of Mukherji Nagar in Delhi. He retired from Safdarjung Hospital in 2014 and thereafter worked at Hindu Rao Hospital. During the COVID pandemic, he tirelessly served patients and became infected with the virus. Later, he lost his life due to the virus on May 18, 2021. He is survived by a wife and a son.

While providing aid to the families, Gahlot said, “The Delhi government will always stand with the families of COVID warriors who sacrificed their lives to protect humanity and society, without caring for their own lives.”

“I completely understand and acknowledge that no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one, but this ‘Samman Rashi’ is a way for the Delhi Government to pay tribute to the sacrifice made by these Corona warriors,” he said, adding, “We would like to express our gratitude to all our Corona warriors who have served the people while laying their own lives on the line.”

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