Kejriwal writes 52,000 letters to Delhi citizens
Government officials confirmed that they are sending 52,000 letters to various addresses, including to those of underprivileged students who got admission in private schools under the EWS schemes, and those who receive monthly senior citizen pension.Updated: Oct 30, 2017 07:44 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
In a massive direct outreach programme, the Delhi government is sending letters addressed individually to the beneficiaries of welfare schemes and signed by chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Government officials confirmed that they are sending 52,000 letters to various addresses, including to those of underprivileged students who got admission in private schools under the EWS schemes, and those who receive monthly senior citizen pension.
In the letters, copies of some of which are in HT’s possession, Kejriwal has written about his government’s commitment to provide better facilities and urged the citizens to approach him directly with any grievance they face.
“Your Delhi government respects elderly people and its pensioners. There were numerous problems for pensioners, and we have tried to address those grievances,” reads the CM’s letter to a pensioner, Kali Charan — a resident of Sultanpuri. “Consider me your son. Come to me whenever you face any problem,” says the letter written in Hindi. It was signed off as: “Your son, Arvind Kejriwal”.
A page, listing recent initiatives of the government to address pensioners’ issues such as free treatment at 20 major hospitals for the ailments of kidney, heart, cancer, and increase in funds for pension trust, etc, was also attached to the letter.
Delhi government spokesperson Arunoday Prakash said the initiative aims to establish a connection with the people at grassroots and boost their faith in the government.
“Around 21,000 letters are being dispatched to pensioners of the erstwhile Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB) and 31,000 letters to the parents of students who got admission in private schools under EWS category. Five lakh letters written by the chief minister will soon be sent to the beneficiaries of old age and disability pension schemes,” Prakash told Hindustan Times.
In another letter, the AAP’s national convener congratulated a parent, Naveen Kumar, for his daughter’s admission at a private school under economic weaker section (EWS) category.
“It is very hard to get admission in a good school. Earlier, people had to bribe touts for admission in a good school. Our government has improved the system. We have reduced corruption,” Kejriwal said.
In the next phase, Prakash said the chief minister will write to students who are getting various government scholarships.
First Published: Oct 30, 2017 07:44 IST