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  Metros   Delhi  19 Feb 2020  Delhi CM calls meet to give shape to party’s 10 poll promises

Delhi CM calls meet to give shape to party’s 10 poll promises

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Feb 19, 2020, 7:10 am IST
Updated : Feb 19, 2020, 7:10 am IST

The third guarantee is to give a world-class education facility for each child in Delhi.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal
 Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called a meeting of top officers on Wednesday to discuss the implementation of “ten guarantees” including uninterrupted power supply, garbage-free Delhi, and basic facilities for unauthorised colonies, sources said.

Issues like potable piped water supply, education for every child, free bus ride scheme for different sections of society, healthcare facilities, safety of women, and cleaning of Yamuna are included in the agenda of the meeting scheduled to be held at noon on Wednesday, the sources said.

 

This would be the first meeting of Mr Kejriwal with top officers of various departments of the Delhi government after taking oath of office on Sunday.

“All secretaries and principal secretaries have been asked to attend the meeting to be chaired by the chief minister on Wednesday,” the sources said. A Cabinet meeting is also scheduled to be held on Wednesday.

After taking charge of their respective offices on Monday, Delhi Cabinet ministers said they would work to fulfill the promises made in the “guarantee card” which includes reduction in pollution and expansion of the Metro network.

Among the 10 guarantees promised in the guarantee card, reducing air pollution by three times is one of those. Mr Kejriwal promised continuation of 24-hour uninterrupted power supply and 200 units of free electricity to all in his first “guarantee.”

“The city will be freed from the web of wires and electricity will reach each household through an underground cable,” the guarantee card said.

As per the second guarantee, AAP promised 24-hour supply of pure piped drinking water to each house in the next five years and said the scheme of providing 20,000 litres of free water will continue.

The third guarantee is to give a world-class education facility for each child in Delhi.

The card also promised better health facilities for all as the fourth guarantee.

Mr Kejriwal’s fifth guarantee is to have the “biggest and cheapest” transport facility for the city.

“More than 11,000 buses will be on Delhi roads and the Delhi Metro will have more than 500 km stretch in the city,” the card said.

The AAP government will also work to improve the last mile connectivity.

In the card, Mr Kejriwal also said that on the lines of free bus travel for women, students’ travel will also be made free.

“The bus rides for women will continue,” Mr Kejriwal added.

The sixth guarantee is controlling air pollution in the city. It also includes a promise to clean the Yamuna.

While garbage management is with the MCD, AAP said it will make the national capital garbage-free in the next five years.

His eighth guarantee was to make the city safer for women and said the AAP government will also deploy “mohalla marshals.”

He promised roads, water supply, sewer, CCTV, and mohalla clinics for the unauthorised colonies as his ninth guarantee. His last and tenth promise is to give ‘pucca’ houses to people living in slums under the ‘Jahan Jhuggi Wahin Makan’ scheme.

“I am giving 10 guarantees to the city. This is not a manifesto. This is superior to the manifesto. These 10 things are the issues which affect all the people in Delhi,” he said.

Mr Kejriwal had signed the card after announcing the guarantees, saying “he will fulfill these promises in the next five years.”

Environment minister Gopal Rai has convened a high-level meeting of officers on Thursday to chalk out an action plan to tackle air pollution in the national capital.

Mr Rai, who was given the charge of the crucial environment department in the new AAP government, said reduction in pollution levels will be among the top priority of the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation.

An official said that top officers of the environment department have been asked to give a presentation of their plan on how to reduce pollution levels, especially in winter months, in the city.

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