‘Announcements being made without proper deadlines’
While price rise of essential commodities was one of the major poll planks of the Aam Aadmi Party, the Delhi Government failed to even make a mention of the issue in the Lieutenant-Governor’s address that unveiled the roadmap of the ruling dispensation, alleged legislators of the Opposition BJP and Congress on Tuesday.
Opening the discussion on the speech of Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, BJP legislator from Janakpuri Jagdish Mukhi said: “You (AAP) made inflation a major issue, but it finds no mention in L-G’s address. Moreover, your government has failed to take any action on price rise over the last ten days. On the contrary, CNG price has been increased, which affects the price of other things. Your government has further burdened the people by increasing the power tariff by 10 per cent.” Slamming the vision document of the government, Congress Legislative Party leader Haroon Yusuf said the L-G address lacks “direction”.
“Despite making it a campaign issue, there is no mention if inflation. Neither does it have any roadmap on how the government is planning to go ahead in dealing with the issue. The government has also not made any mention of the PDS system, under which lakhs of people are deriving benefits. Delhi became the first State to implement the Food Security Act. While 32 lakh people are getting ration, new cards have to be issued to another 40 lakh people. But the government has not come up with any roadmap on the issue,” said Mr. Yusuf.
Criticising the government for making announcements without proper deadlines and the final blue print to implement them, Congress legislator Devendra Yadav charged that “there is a difference between the vision document and the actions taken by the government”.
“You promised the Delhiites to slash power rates by 50 per cent. But you have announced subsidy only for those who would consume less than 400 units of power per month. Similarly, hardly few people would be benefitted by the decision on water. Moreover, the government has failed to specify till when would the decisions taken on the power and water be in force,” said Mr. Yadav, adding that the “government has failed to come up with any action plan for the villages and unauthorised colonies”.
Members also advised the government to opt for cash transfer of subsidy in order to ensure that all families accrue the benefits of free water. Congress members Devendra Yadav and Mohammed Asif and Shiromani Akali Dal legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa also raised the issue of “attitude” of the AAP MLAs and ensure a “dialogue” between the members of the treasury and opposition benches. Acknowledging the suggestions and the issue raised by the members, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said “he would ensure his government and Ministers work in tandem with all the 70 MLAs ”.