Before statehood drive, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal pens open letter
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday released an open letter in which he raised issues pertaining to women security, college admission for students who are Delhi residents and the Supreme Court-monitored sealing drive in the city among other problems, while also elaborating on how full statehood for the city can solve it all.
“Before starting any work, the Delhi government has to take prior approval from the central government. And the central government creates barriers and hurdles in our work,” Kejriwal wrote. “Many agencies dealing with everyday problems of the citizens like MCD, Delhi Police are under the direct control of the Central government. The citizens of Delhi have no say in these matters (sic).”
There is only one solution to these problems, he said.
“Just like every other state, Delhi should also get full statehood. All agencies serving the city should come under the Delhi government.”
In his demand for full statehood for Delhi, Kejriwal has often said how bringing Delhi Police under the Delhi Government’s jurisdiction would lead to better redressal for victims of crime and improve law and order system.
In 2018, Kejriwal had also pitched for 85% reservation for residents of Delhi for jobs in departments under the Delhi government. He reiterated the same on March 4.
“Once Delhi becomes a full state, the dreams and aspirations of the citizens of Delhi will be fulfilled,” the chief minister said in the letter. “Women will be safe and secure as law and order will improve. Our youth will get jobs. Students securing 60% and above will also get admission in Delhi colleges. Sealing will come to an end. Each citizen will have their own house in Delhi. Delhi will become clean and beautiful. Delhi will grow and develop at a faster pace.”.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is going to start a door-to-door campaign across the national capital from March 10 to push for the demand.
A team of central goods and services tax (CGST) was assaulted by a family and their accomplices during a raid on Friday afternoon at Basant Avenue here. Following the complaint filed by CGST Inspector, Sadar police lodged an FIR against house owner Yashpal Mehta, his daughters-in-law Alka Mehta and Shakumbra Mehta, his daughter and their accomplices, who are yet to be identified. They carried a search warrant also. Yashpal Mehta manhandled Assistant Commissioner Hemant Kumar.
Work on cleaning more than 7.5 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste rotting at the Dadumajra landfill since 2005 is finally set to start within a month. In its second attempt at allotting the work, the municipal corporation on Friday finalised the firm. Of the three shortlisted companies, Aakanksha Enterprises had submitted the lowest bid of ₹79.68 crore and after negotiations, it has been brought on par with the project's estimated cost of ₹68 crore.
A 17-year-old boy was hacked to death by seven members of a family over an old rivalry in Ambala's Dadiyana village on Thursday night. Three of the accused, Gautam, Balram and his brother Gulshan, were arrested on Friday, said Ambala Sadar SHO inspector Manish. The absconding accused include three brothers – Sonu, Rameshwar, who is Gautam's father, and Ramnath, who is Balram and Gulshan's father, apart from Ramnath's another son Vikas, the prime accused.
In an endeavour to help jail inmates and former convicts to join the mainstream by empowering them, Sangrur jail authorities will be soon setting up a petrol pump, right outside the jail premises, which will be entirely run by the inmates. The jail authorities had sought a no-objection certificate from Sangrur administration before bypolls of Sangrur Lok Sabha and now it has got the official nod.
A day after a 68-year-old man from Sector 8 succumbed to Covid-19 in Chandigarh, two more senior citizens lost the battle to the virus in the city on Friday. The deceased included a 99-year-old woman from Sector 11 and an 87-year-old woman from Sector 28. Apart from the two deaths, Chandigarh also recorded a spike in its daily Covid cases. As many as 103 new infections were detected on Friday, compared to 84 on Thursday.