At the Republic Day function in Delhi on Thursday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced several schemes for the people of the city and made promises in the run up to the MCD elections.
The announcements include increase in the retirement age of school teachers from 60 to 62 years, introduction of vocational training in schools from next academic year and the finalisation of the scheme for the regularisation of the unauthorised colonies.
The promises of the chief minister included relief for the people facing sealing and demolition squads of the MCD from the new Master Plan and functioning of a new university, Dr Ambedkar University in the Capital in the next 2-3 years.
The function was celebrated at Chhatrasal stadium where Dikshit took the salute of the parade and unfurled national flag and addressed the people of Delhi. In an investiture ceremony organised in the Republic Day celebration, Dikshit awarded Uttam Jivan Rakshak Padak to DTC Driver Kuldeep Singh, who lost his eyes while making an attempt to save valuable lives of people by throwing away explosives planted by the terrorist in a DTC bus.
Referring to the sealings and demolitions, the CM said the Capital was forced to go through a difficult phase last year. She said the government agencies were not able to extend much help to the people because of the court decisions. "Now a new Master Plan has been finalised after long brains-storming discussions and it has included 90 per cent suggestions submitted by Delhi Government and the legislative assembly," she told the gathering.