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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Sheila promises to engage citizens in governance

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 30, 2013
First Published: 23:18 IST(30/6/2013) | Last Updated: 23:20 IST(30/6/2013)

Sheila Dikshit — who has come under direct attack by her political opponents, especially the AAP — sought to reach out to her electorate in the New Delhi constituency on Sunday at a workshop organised by her government, promising time-bound delivery of services to the citizens.

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The Delhi chief minister promised time-bound delivery of services to the representatives of resident welfare associations (RWAs) at the workshop organised at the Thyagraj Stadium. It saw participation by RWAs from all districts of the Capital. 

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had recently launched a stinging campaign against the Delhi CM, holding her directly responsible for alleged corruption and rising tariffs of water and power in the Capital. The newly-launched party has fielded its leader Arvind Kejriwal against the CM in New Delhi — the constituency she represents in the Delhi assembly.

According to officials, Dikshit interacted with over 100 representatives directly and later spoke to around 200 of them individually. She directed the deputy commissioners of all the districts to hold monthly meetings with the RWAs to record their feedback so that governance could be made citizen-friendly.

“My government values the feedback of the citizens. The time-bound delivery of services is a tool to root out delays in execution of work at government offices. The mechanism, which has been introduced in Delhi for the first time in the country, has helped in taming the lethargic government servants who were in the habit of sleeping over people’s applications,” said the chief minister.

Several RWAs complained over the delay in disbursement of funds under the ‘My Delhi I Care’ fund, which is meant to help residents improve facilities in their area.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal also visited Valmiki Colony on New Delhi’s Mandir Marg on Sunday and interacted with the residents.

According to an AAP spokesperson, Kejriwal met the people in the area and was told that the chief minister had not visited the place in the past 15 years despite it falling under her own  constituency.

Kishanpal Mangvana, a community member, claimed the area has been facing several problems and despite repeated complaints to the chief minister and other officials, nothing has been done so far. 


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