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Here’s why Delhi CM Kejriwal and L-G Jung should bury the hatchet

delhi Updated: Oct 05, 2016 16:27 IST
Prawesh Lama
Prawesh Lama
Hindustan Times
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The Supreme Court directed chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to meet the L-G and chalk out a strategy to stop dengue spread. (HT FILE)

As dengue and chikungunya cases continue to haunt the city, the Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Delhi government to hold a meeting with lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and chalk out a strategy to stop the outbreak.

A review meeting was held at the L-G House on Wednesday and it was attended by Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, health minister Satyendra Jain besides top civic and health officials. The L-G office and the elected Delhi government have been at loggerheads over several issues in the last two years making Delhities sufferer.

Take a look at five key issues Kejriwal and Jung should quickly sort out:

POWER PROBLEMS

After the Delhi high court declared L-G as the administrative head of the city, all decisions taken by the state government without his approval have been declared null and void. Some of these decisions include, the policy to make discoms accountable. The policy proposed to make discoms payable to consumers for unscheduled power cuts. Recently, L-G Jung quashed the appointment of DERC chief Krishna Saini because of which the annual power tariff revision will not happen for second tie. Jung had also raised questions on the constitution of the Selection Committee to select the chairperson and members of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) and scrapped Saini’s appointment.

No decision has been taken on deciding the multi-year tariff based on which power tariffs are fixed.There is no one to mediate disputes between various stakeholders in the power sector.

DENGUE AND CHIKUNGUNYA OUTBREAK

As Delhi grappled under one of the worse dengue and chikungunya outbreak this year, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that people should question lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung and Prime Minister Narendra Modi because ’all powers rested with them’. He tweeted that the CM and his ministers had no power to even buy a pen. Later, heath minister Satyendar Jain accused Jung of not allowing his government to work for Delhi and transferring to the then health secretary.

TEACHER APPOINTMENT

The proposal to induct teachers across government school in the city has hit a road block as the government has alleged that the file related to creation of 9,000 new posts has not been approved by the L-G. This has also affected regularization of guest teachers working in government schools. In the proposal, the government had said that guest teachers presently working in schools will get extra points, during the recruitment process.

BUS AGGREGATOR SCHEME SCRAPPED

The Delhi transport department had proposed an app based premium bus service but the L-G returned the file related to the bus service saying that the scheme appeared to have been launched to benefit one particular company. Later, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta filed a complaint with the anti-corruption branch seeking probe into the premium bus service. The anti- graft unit also questioned former transport minister Gopal Rai for his alleged role in favouring a private company by launching the scheme. The bus service never took off.

GARBAGE PROBLEMS

Last year, when MCD sanitation workers went on strike against the non-payment of salaries by the Delhi government, the city residents had suffered the most. Thousands of tonnes of waste lay unattended outside residential colonies and Delhi streets. The AAP government accused the MCD of being run by the Central government alleging it was the most corrupt body. The Delhi High Court intervened later and ordered the state government to pay the dues and get workers off the strike.