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HindustanTimes Sun,23 Nov 2014

CM seeks Rahul’s help in making Delhi better

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 11, 2013
First Published: 02:00 IST(11/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:02 IST(11/9/2013)

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday said she was waiting for the day when Rahul Gandhi became the prime minister of India to seek his help in making Delhi a better city.

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Dikshit, while speaking at a function organised to confer freehold rights on residents of 45 resettlement colonies, added that multiplicity of authorities in Delhi was an obstacle in getting projects cleared.

“The day he (Rahul Gandhi) becomes PM, we will go to him for improving conditions. There is a need for systemic change,” Dikshit said.

Dikshit was speaking at a function to give the certificate of ownership to the residents of 45 resettlement colonies, which were either developed by the DDA or the Central government between 1960 and 1980 to accommodate families dislocated due to removal or demolition of slum clusters.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi distributed certificates of ownership among 10 beneficiaries.

The Central government had given its approval to grant ownership against the payment of a nominal amount in July this year.

Delhi urban development minister Arvinder Singh said the entire nation was “looking up to Rahul ji”.

Addressing the gathering, Singh said it was then prime minister Indira Gandhi who had promised ownership rights to people living in resettlement colonies in a political rally in 1977.

“The process was delayed because someone from the opposition moved the Court and got a stay. The stay was vacated only in 2010 and then the process again gathered speed,” Singh said. He listed regularszation of unauthorised colonies, relaxation of Section 81 of the land reforms act and extension of Lal Dora in villages as achievements of his government.


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