Kejriwal govt takes charge of Delhi, has 70-point agenda to fulfill

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  • Updated: Feb 16, 2015 18:37 IST

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said his health is better now and asked people to pray for him as he took charge of his office.

"Fever gone. Feeling much better. Restarted daily morn walk and yoga, which had stopped due to elections. My first day in office today (Monday). Do pray for me," Kejriwal tweeted.

On the first working day of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, Kejriwal would hold a cabinet meeting with six other ministers, who took oath Saturday along with him. Government sources said that the ministers have called a meeting of heads of departments and their primary agenda would be to implement the promises made by the AAP before the elections.

"Commissioners and secretaries and almost every department such as women and child, education, food and supplies and environment have been called to meet their respective ministers. They will be briefed by the ministers on what they want and department heads will have to come back with a plan in a few days," a Delhi government official, requesting anonymity, told Hindustan Times.

Sources also said that the ministers will take at least a week to get familiar with every department and the real work will start after the assembly session. "The assembly session is likely to start by next Monday and when we have the speaker and all the MLAs in the house, it will be easy to get things done. Since four of the six ministers are first-timers, they will take at least a week to settle down. We don't want to rush in to any decision whether it is reducing the power tariff or giving free water. Ministers will be given time to work," said a member of AAP.

On being asked about the role of Kejriwal, a senior leader said, "The 70-point agenda of the AAP will be implemented through him. He will monitor the ministers to ensure the promises made in the manifesto are being fulfilled," he said.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is also likely to provide a helping hand to the other ministers.

The Kejriwal-led new AAP government will focus on curbing corruption, controlling price rise, and providing uninterrupted power and water.

Kejriwal, who had handpicked his team of ministers, won't hold any portfolio but oversee the work of all the ministers. Manish Sisodia is deputy chief minister.

The largest number of departments will be with Sisodia, including those of finance and power which were to have been held by Kejriwal.

A long-time confidant of Kejriwal, Sisodia will now hold finance and planning, services, education, IT, technical education, administrative reforms, urban development, revenue, land and building and vigilance, and all other departments not allotted to any minister.

Satyendra Jain, who like Sisodia was in the earlier 49-day Kejriwal government, would be the health minister and be in charge of industries, irrigation and flood control, public works department.

Gopal Rai, one of the four new faces in the Kejriwal ministry, will look after the departments of employment, development, labour and transport.

Jitender Singh Tomar has been given law and justice, tourism, art and culture, as well as home. Asim Ahmad Khan gets food and supply, environment and forest, and election.

Sandeep Kumar will take charge of the departments of women and child, social welfare, language, and Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe.

(With inputs from IANS)

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