New Delhi, June 1 -- The Delhi government has sought immediate assistance of Rs.5,000 crore from the Centre to pay salaries to its employees because revenues dried up during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Sunday.

Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said he had written to Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman for help and added that the Delhi government had not received money sanctioned to states under the Disaster Relief Fund.

According to Sisodia, Delhi's tax revenue has declined by 78% since the national lockdown came into force on March 25.

"At this juncture, paying salaries to government employees is our biggest concern. They include d...