Reiterating the Delhi government’s commitment to provide good governance to residents of the Capital, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said his government was committed to “dismantling” the barrier that had cropped up between the “elected and the electors”.
Addressing the first session of the sixth Legislative Assembly of Delhi, Jung emphasised upon the issue of full statehood for Delhi. The LG said the provisions for essential services such as law and order and affordable housing can only happen if agencies such as Delhi Police, municipal corporations and the Delhi Development Authority are brought under the Delhi government.
Jung said that the government would bring the Janlokpal and Swaraj Bills and focus on security of women and ensure they feel safe in the Capital.
Seeking to protect whistleblowers, Jung said that the government would make every effort to establish a Janlokpal for time-bound investigation in corruption cases and bring in the Swaraj Act so that locals can have a say on issues affecting their daily lives.
“My government shall bring in the Swaraj Act to enable the local communities to have a say on issues affecting their daily lives. For this purpose, a Citizen Local Area Development (C-LAD) Fund will be provided to local communities,” he said.
Highlighting the issue of security of women, Jung said the government would ensure last mile connectivity in the public transit system and set up fast-track courts to ensure speedy justice. He said the government would create a Mahila Suraksha Dal by redeploying members of the home guard and civil defence volunteers.
Accepting the fact that rural Delhi had become an ‘island of neglect’, LG said the government will ensure decisions regarding the development of Delhi’s villages will be taken with people’s consent. The sectors of agriculture and animal husbandry will receive incentives and infrastructural support.
“It is not paucity of funds that has kept the citizens bereft of basic public services. The crucial question is this: How effectively are those services being delivered on the ground to the very poor? My government will rigorously do a resource audit whether it is in the area of providing electricity or water or other public services,” he said.
Jung said the government wanted to make Delhi a digital capital and planned to create Wi-Fi hotspots at various locations across the city. The new government will put an end to inspector raj and discourage raids on traders and create a new bond of trust between them and the government.