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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Kejriwal says corruption in Delhi is down, but can’t prove it

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 31, 2014
First Published: 00:49 IST(31/1/2014) | Last Updated: 00:54 IST(31/1/2014)

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said the level of corruption had come down in Delhi ever since his government launched a new campaign to tackle cases of extortion and bribery among officials.



Listing his government’s achievements in one month of assuming office, Kejriwal said the new campaign had managed to instill a sense of fear among officials that they may be caught if they asked for a bribe.

"I do not have a scientific study to show that corruption has been reduced but people have told me random incidents that they were not asked for money to get their work done," Kejriwal told reporters.

Kejriwal said some private agency must conduct a survey to know how much change has happened. He said that the draft of the Delhi Lokpal Bill was ready and it would be tabled in an assembly session in 10-15 days. The Swaraj bill, which attempts at giving powers to the common man, would be tabled in the assembly session, he said.

Women’s security

Kejriwal said the proposed ‘Mahila Suraksha Dal’ will be at the "beck and call" of women very soon. "We will be hiring former police officers and retired army officers to patrol neighbourhoods. 

If you feel unsafe at a particular spot or stretch, you can ask them to stand guard there — they will be at your beck and call," Kejriwal said, He said the government was also looking at the need for more fast-track courts to deal with cases of violence against women. 

Nursery admission

Kejriwal said the nursery admission helpline set up by the government had got a tremendous response.

Electricity

The chief minister, who also holds the charge of the power department, said his government had managed to give subsidy to the consumers in a particular consumption slab and ordered a CAG audit of the discoms’ accounts.

"We have also started looking into the complaints of electricity meters that run fast and those who want to get their meters tested can contact the local DC office," Kejriwal said.

Withdrawal FDI in retail, breaking tanker mafia in water distribution system, giving permits to 5,500 auto-rickshaws, giving Rs1 lakh each to all government schools to improve infrastructure and administration and shunning VIP culture were some other achievements of his government.

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