Kejriwal’s draft ready on power, water tariff

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Delhi CM seeks 10 days to put system in place

Kejriwal’s draft ready on power, water tariff
Delhi’s youngest chief minister, all set for his clean-up act, on Sunday sought 10 days to address issues and put a system in place for smooth governance.

Kejriwal, who holds charge of home, power, planning, finance, services and vigilance departments, said by Monday he would declare his next move on his promise of providing 700 litres of water daily to all households and would be able to announce some news on power tariff by Tuesday.

Party sources told this newspaper that the party has a blueprint in place to address the water and power issues. The party has also kept an account of the grievances and issues that were talked about during its elaborate campaign. “Broad strokes of how to provide solutions to major issues have been worked upon already,” said the source.

After an action-packed Saturday when Arvind Kejriwal fired nine IAS officers, and held a brainstorming meeting with his newly sworn-in cabinet, the chief minister on Sunday reiterated his promises.

Addressing a janta darbar outside his Kaushambi residence, he said, “I don’t want to give you false assurances. I will take your applications only when we put a system in place...” the CM said.

“We have formed the government, but a lot needs to be done now. We can’t do it alone, we all need to work together,” he said.

Many among the crowd had come to speak to the CM with their set of grievances. The crowd included the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) employees and people from the Valmiki community.

“About 14,000 drivers and conductors have been hired on contractual basis by DTC. We have been working on contractual basis for around 10 years. Despite such long service, DTC has still not made us permanent,” Ramesh, a DTC driver, said outside CM’s residence.

The party, which is being observed critically by many as it begins its maiden innings, is trying to make sure it delivers on its promises.

The party has also kept an account of the grievances and issues that were talked about during its elaborate campaign. “Broad strokes of how to provide solutions to major issues have been worked upon already,” said the source.

Kejriwal’s father Govind Ram Kejriwal along with local residents on Sunday organised a hawan at a temple in Kausambi, praying for his son to be able to fulfil the promises that he had made during the election campaign.

The senior Kejriwal, a retired government official, said the AAP-led government would complete its tenure as people are supporting them.

“We have organised the hawan so that Kejriwal is able to fulfil all his promises made during the campaign,” Govind Kejriwal said. Asked whether his son should take security cover, the senior Kejriwal said, “God is his protector and he will look after him.”

Asked if anything has changed after Kejriwal became CM, he said ‘no’. “He loves us a lot and is a very good person. Whenever he goes outside, he takes my blessing by touching my foot. After being CM, he is doing the same,” he said.

Kejriwal who has been tirelessly working since the party came into existence, on Sunday cancelled his meetings for day, saying he was not feeling well. However, he made sure he addressed the concerns of those who visited him at his residence. He also met former Samajwadi leader Kamal Farooqi.

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