New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Delhi Commissioner of Police and asked him to take strict action against landlords asking doctors and nurses who are treating Covid-19 patients to vacate residences. Shah's directive comes after woes of the medical personnel surfacing on Twitter and Facebook.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan too spoke against the recent trend of landlords evicting their tenants who happen to be medical personnel.
"Deeply anguished to see reports pouring in from Delhi, Noida, Warangal,Chennai etc that doctors and paramedics are being ostracised in residential complexes and societies. Landlords are threatening to evict them fearing Covid-19 infection. Please don’t panic," he said.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said: "On the request of Prime Minister we clapped for our doctors, nurses and others who are giving essential services. But now I am getting information that a landlord has forcefully evicted a nurse tenant as she works among coronavirus patients."
He was referring to the appreciation that people showed towards the medical personnel combating the coronavirus during the 'Janta Curfew' by ringing bells and clapping. On Sunday, Indians took to their balconies and streets at 5 pm to collectively appreciate the dedication and hard work of the people involved in containing and treating the coronavirus pandemic. However, a day since, several stories of harassment faced by them have surfaced on social media.
Twitter is full of such instances where the harried medical personnel shared their woes.
Kejriwal's appeal went beyond the doctors and nurses.
"Some people are not allowing the pilots and air hostesses to enter their colonies. This is not right. These people are risking their lives for us and we are behaving in this way. We should change this mindset," he said.