Delhi Government Directs Paid Holiday for G20 Summit: What You Need to Know
The Delhi government has issued a directive that shops, businesses, and commercial establishments in the New Delhi district must provide paid holidays to their employees and workers during the upcoming G20 summit scheduled from September 8 to 10. This significant step comes as preparations are in full swing for the G20 Summit in Delhi, which is set to host top leaders from member countries, including notable figures like US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The Delhi government has already declared a public holiday in the national capital for the entire duration of the G20 Leaders’ Summit. The summit itself will be held at the state-of-the-art convention center at Pragati Maidan, reflecting India’s commitment to hosting the event in a prestigious venue.
Public Holiday Announcement and Closure of Establishments
Last week, the government announced the closure of banks, financial institutions, and commercial establishments in the New Delhi district. The official notification reads, “All employers of shops, commercial and business establishments functioning in New Delhi, district of NCT of Delhi shall close their shops, commercial and business establishments from 08/09/2023 to 10/09/2023 and grant paid holiday to their employees/workers.”
This move is expected to have a positive impact on the workforce, allowing employees and workers to participate in the significant event without concerns about their livelihood.
Virtual Help Desk for Delegates and Tourists
Delhi Police have taken a proactive step to ensure a smooth experience for both delegates and tourists visiting the national capital during the G20 Summit. They have introduced a virtual help desk that offers real-time traffic updates to facilitate commuting in the city.
The traffic police stated, “Our mission is to ensure a smooth and seamless travel experience for residents and visitors alike during this historic event.”
The virtual help desk provides essential maps, police services information, social media updates, and medical facilities. It serves as a comprehensive source for traffic information, road closures, alternative routes, and travel advisories, enabling efficient navigation and minimizing potential delays.
According to the police, the entire area of the New Delhi district will be designated as “Controlled Zone-I” from September 8 at 5 am to September 10 at 11:59 pm. However, authorized vehicles, emergency vehicles, and bonafide residents will be allowed to travel within the road network of the district during this period.
NSG’s Expertise in Full Force: Security Measures for G20 Summit
The upcoming G20 Summit in Delhi will witness the deployment of the National Security Guard (NSG), India’s elite and highly trained force, with its full range of expertise. This deployment includes tasks related to anti-terrorism, anti-sabotage, anti-drone operations, house interventions, sniper teams, chemical attack response, and bomb disposal squads.
According to sources, the renowned “black cats” of the NSG will be strategically positioned at various locations, ready to respond within minutes to any potential threats. The NSG will not only serve as the primary responders but will also provide crucial backup support to the Delhi Police.
The fully equipped NSG teams will be stationed at venues where heads of state will be accommodated. This deployment showcases India’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all attendees, including prominent global leaders.
The G20 Summit in Delhi holds immense significance on the global stage, bringing together leaders from various nations to discuss critical issues and collaborate on solutions. The measures taken by the Delhi government, such as mandating paid holidays for employees and implementing robust security arrangements, reflect the dedication to hosting a successful and safe event.
Furthermore, the introduction of a virtual help desk by Delhi Police underlines the commitment to facilitating smooth traffic flow and enhancing the overall experience for delegates and tourists alike. With the deployment of NSG’s expertise, the security aspect is well-addressed, ensuring that the summit can proceed without compromising safety.
As world leaders converge to address global challenges, Delhi stands ready to host the G20 Summit, fostering collaboration and meaningful discussions for a better future.