Nine days of Delhi dharna: a recap

Ministers on strike, meetings cancelled

Four key meetings had to be called off

Four “important” meetings — two of which related to ironing out issues that continue to persist around the procurement of more buses both under the cluster scheme and by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) — were cancelled due to the non-availability of Cabinet Ministers over the last two days, government sources claimed on Wednesday.

According to government sources, among the remaining meetings which were cancelled due to the ongoing sit-in protest by CM Arvind Kejriwal and his Ministers at Raj Niwas, one pertained to a larger, inter-departmental audit of “significant policy proposals”.

This, even as sources in the bureaucracy alleged that the elected government was “cherry picking on members of the bureaucracy” based on paperwork “deliberately being misinterpreted”. Rule 17 of the Transaction of Business Rules, a source from the bureaucracy argued, pertained to “policy decisions made the level of Ministers”.

Reflects zero results

“When no policies are being made at the Ministerial or Cabinet level, paperwork revolving around the progress of such non-existent proposals will, obviously, reflect zero results,” said the source.

On Wednesday, the government source claimed, a pre-scheduled meeting each by the DTC, the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation and the Committee on Government Undertakings were cancelled.

The committee was supposed to audit the situation of power supply at a time when the peak demand threshold has been breached more than once.

Similarly, the government source claimed, a meeting, where several stakeholders were supposed to figure out the way forward in terms of route rationalisation – with the ostensible aim to increase the connectivity of State-run buses to rural areas — scheduled for Thursday was also cancelled.

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