Days after Union minister Jairam Ramesh alleged that Delhi has the “most dubious” reputation in terms of women’s safety, chief minister Sheila Dikshit hit back, reminding him that the Delhi Police is under the administrative control of the central government.
Dikshit, who had been demanding that the Delhi Police should be brought under the state government’s control, asked Ramesh to take up the issue with the Union government.
“While appreciating your concern for the safety of women in Delhi, you are aware that
policing in Delhi is directly under the administrative control of the Central government. You may, therefore, like to take up the matter with the central government for taking urgent steps to restore confidence in law-and-order machinery,” she said in a letter to Ramesh on Monday.
Support for Dikshit swelled from her party as well. Senior Congress leader Anil Shastri on Monday tweeted in favour of one of Dikshit’s previous comments where she spoke about the “insensitivities” of the Delhi Police.
“It’s nice that Delhi CM is speaking the language of the common man. Police is inefficient,” he tweeted.
Dikshit not only narrated all steps taken by her government to improve the security of women in Delhi but also pointed out that her government will give 5,000 auto permits to companies who are willing to set up their own call centres and run autos on demand.