A day before being officially sworn-in, chief minister-designate and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal swung into action and asked all Delhi government officers to submit a presentation to him on 18 major issues, including Jan Lokpal, water, power, Swaraj and others.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal arrives to address a press conference at the party headquarters in Ghaziabad. (AFP photo)
According to Delhi government officials, the 18 pointers on various issues which the AAP leaders had sent both to the BJP and Congress to seek their opinion on, had been circulated by the chief secretary to all the officers concerned. All the officers have been given less than 24 hours to complete their presentation.
AAP has promised to provide 700 litres of free water to each household, and has also in their manifestos vowed to pull down power bills by at least 50%.
The party, that has rejected the Lokpal passed by the centre, has also made it clear that it wants a more powerful Jan Lokpal for the city.
"The 18 issues have been divided and depending on the departments, officials have been asked to take care of them. Right now they have been asked to prepare presentations. All of them will work throughout the night to complete it, as it has to be submitted by 11.30am tomorrow to the chief secretary’s office. Even the finance department will be kept in loop regarding all the presentations and the cost involved in case subsidy has to be offered if power bills have to be lowered or free water provided," said a senior Delhi government official.
The presentation will focus on the issues and what the department can do to achieve the points raised in the AAP manifesto. A detailed report highlighting the cost involved; the time frame in implementing the schemes and what changes it would require in the present system will be part of the presentation.
"We have been informed that the first cabinet of the new government will take place at around 2 pm and at around 2.30pm the chief minister will address the officials. Everyone has been asked to be present then," added the official.
The Jan Lokpal would be a priority for the Kejriwal government and the officials have been asked to study anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare’s version of Jan Lokpal, and how it can be implemented for the city.