Govt to help ‘good’ journos set up newspapers, channels: Kejriwal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 11, 2015 10:57 IST

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said his government will help “good” journalists who want to start a newspaper or a news channel.

The chief minister made the comments during a Google hangout chat with AAP volunteers. The remarks came at a time when the Delhi government is being accused of gagging the media after a new media circular which tells officials to report defamatory content.

“The media keeps showing us in a negative light. But don’t worry about that. The people of Delhi are happy with us and as far as starting a media house is concerned; we don’t want to do that. There are good people in the media too, who are not happy. If some senior people come together and want to start a news channel or news paper, the government will help them. We also want an honest media house which shows news,” Kejriwal said.

This is was Kejriwal’s first such interaction with the volunteers after AAP’s spectacular win in Delhi assembly polls.

The Delhi CM also said that the government will amend the Delhi School Education Act and Rules 1973 to regulate fee hike in private schools. “Some private schools arbitrarily increase their fees. So we have decided to amend the act first,” the chief minister said.

Also within a year, the Delhi government will start 45 new model government schools and improve the infrastructure of 100-150 existing government schools, he said.

Kejriwal also reiterated that his government will fulfill all its promises. He also said that the government has reduced the electricity tariff and started working towards bringing in the Lokpal.

On his government’s continuing tiff with the centre over administrative matters, the CM said: “The police are targeting us and the Centre is asking them to do so. They have got false FIRs registered against our three MLAs. I have been writing to the Union home ministry but have not received any response yet.”

He told his party volunteers to draw comparisons between the work done by the Modi government at the Centre in one year and the Delhi government in 100 days. Kejriwal government will complete 100 days in office on May 26.

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