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Transport dept services go online as AAP govt enters third year in office

In the absence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in Bengaluru for treatment, deputy CM Manish Sisodia unveiled the report card enlisting the government’s achievements and upcoming projects

delhi Updated: Feb 14, 2017 23:39 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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(L-R) Kapil Mishra, Satyendra Jain, deputy CM Manish Sisodia Kapil Mishra and Gopal Rai released the AAP government’s two-year report card at Delhi Secretariat.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

The residents of Delhi will soon be able to get their driving licence and other transport-related work done while sitting at home.

All one needs to do is to dial the number issued by the department and call them home for the service.

In a bid to take government services to the doorsteps, transport minister Satyendar Jain announced the ambitious scheme on Tuesday as the Aam Aadmi Party government completed two years in power.

“We are going to make all the services of transport department online. People will have to come to the authority only when they are required to take the test or get their vehicle checked. Those unable to avail the services online can call and fix time between 9am and 10pm. A transport official will come to your home and do the required work,” said Jain at an event to unveil the Arvind Kejriwal-government’s two-year report card.

In the absence of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in Bengaluru for treatment, deputy CM Manish Sisodia unveiled the report card enlisting the government’s achievements and upcoming projects.

On the big-ticket projects which are yet to fructify, the AAP ministers said most of them are in process and they will be implemented in due course as the 70-point manifesto was a five-year document.

Jain said that a Master Plan is being prepared for integrated transport system and they are buying buses for the same. Sisodia said work on another big promise of AAP, free WiFi in the city, is also on.

“WiFi is something which is not available anywhere in the country. WiFi is available at airports and smaller establishments, but world over not many cities have free WiFi. We had a dream and we have worked on this with commitment. There were many hurdles as Delhi might be geographically small but it is densely populated. We have studied many models and zeroed in on a few. But it was a promise of pannch saal Kejriwal and not do saal Kejriwal,” said Sisodia.

The deputy CM said the biggest achievement of the AAP government has been that it is fast moving on the path to realise the dream with which the city residents gave the unprecedented mandate in 2015 assembly elections.

“A disconnect had set in between the priorities we have in personal life and the way people in government plan and prioritise. While education and health top the list of any household, they fall of the priorities list in the government. One of our biggest achievements has been that we have plugged this disconnect in two years,” said Sisodia.

The deputy CM also highlighted implementation of “innovative ideas” as the hallmark of the government’s two year tenure. “We have implemented several things which were not in the manifesto. As we went along we took several innovative decisions such as odd-even, bill banao inam pao scheme, reading melas and parent-teacher meetings in schools,” he said.

While the AAP government has shared an ‘uneasy’ relationship with the bureaucracy, the ministers also tried to reach out by giving all credit of implementing the decisions of the government and delivering the achievements. Besides the deputy CM and Gopal Rai, Chief secretary MM Kutty also appealed the officers to contribute in service delivery as desired by the Delhi government.

First Published: Feb 14, 2017 22:52 IST