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Thursday, February 12, 2015
AAP Manifesto includes One Rank One Pension issue: Handed over to Delhi Chief Secy - Read 70 points Manifesto
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2015.
Just a day after defeating the might of Narendra Modi-led
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Delhi Assembly elections, Chief Minister-designate
Arvind Kejriwal today asked Delhi Chief Secretary D M Spolia to prepare a
roadmap for implementation of Aam Aadmi Party‘s (AAP) 70-point manifesto which includes Ex-servicemen's issues at Sl. 64.
Ex-Servicemen:Delhi is home to a large number of ex-servicemen and women from the Armed Forces. AAP will stand by the nation’s ex-servicemen in their fight for “One Rank, One Pension”. We will ensure the
existing quota in government jobs for ex-servicemen is filled up.
Read Aam Aadmi Party’s
Aam Aadmi Party will form a government that is transparent,
participative and interactive in order to deliver this 70-point action plan:
1.Delhi Janlokpal Bill: Aam Aadmi Party resolves to legislate the
Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill after coming to power. This will ensure a time-bound
investigation in matters of corruption. The Delhi Lokpal will have the power to
initiate investigations and prosecution against those charged with corruption.
A Citizens’ Charter shall be introduced in all government offices in Delhi.
Whistleblowers will be provided protection and awarded for their contribution toward creating a just system.
2.Swaraj Bill: Aam Aadmi Party will legislate the Swaraj Act to
devolve power directly to the people. Decisions affecting the local community
will be taken by citizens and implemented by their Secretariat. A Citizen Local
Area Development (C-LAD) Fund will be given to every Mohalla Sabha and Resident
ensuring funds and functions in the hands of the community.
3.Full Statehood for Delhi: Acting within the constitutional
framework our government will use its moral and political authority to push for
full statehood for Delhi. This will ensure that institutions such as the DDA,
MCD and Delhi Police will be accountable to the elected government of Delhi.
This way land will be made available for the common man, there will be greater
synchronization and shared purpose among civic services with regard to service
delivery and the law and order machinery will be accountable to the citizens.
4.Electricity Bills to be reduced by half: An Aam Aadmi Party
government will keep its promise of reducing electricity bills by half. A more
efficient, transparent and accountable system to regulate and audit the power
generation and distribution companies is the need of the hour and AAP will do
everything within its command to achieve that. Discoms should purchase power
from economical sources and wriggle out of expensive and unsustainable Power Purchase Agreements. AAP
will take measures to provide relief from rising power bills, namely generating
cheaper electricity, improving transmission efficiency, fixing billing defects
and correcting meter defects.
5.CAG Audit of Power Discoms: We will conduct a comprehensive
performance audit of discoms by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Discoms shall also be brought within the ambit of the RTI act. We will ensure
that the citizens of Delhi do not have to bear the burden of soaring power
tariffs. Initially we will provide subsidy that would go not to the power
discoms but to Delhi Transco, a state-owned transmission company which has
unpaid bills of Rs 3,500 crore to be paid by the discoms. This money will help
Delhi Transco upgrade and augment its transmission capacity, which is in a bad
state at present. The lack of funds at Transco’s disposal is one of the main
reasons for the frequent power outages in the state. After the audit results
are tabled in the assembly, power tariffs will be restructured.
6.Delhi’s Own Power Station: We will put up Delhi’s own power
station at the pithead and comprehensively solve Delhi’s electricity problem in
the long run by being able to meet peak power consumption of 6200MW. We will
also ensure that the Rajghat and Bawana plant are efficiently utilized.
7.Introduce Competition Amongst Discoms: AAP reiterates the
promise made in its December 2013 Delhimanifestoof providing consumers
the right to choose between electricity providers. We will introduce
competitive distribution, which will provide better services and lead to lower
8.Delhi To Be Made A Solar City: AAP will facilitate a phased
shift to renewable and alternate sources of energy. Incentives will be given to
households, housing societies, enterprise and industry to gradually switch over
to renewable energy. We are committed to ensuring that 20 percent of Delhi’s
energy needs are met through solar energy by 2025.
9.Water As A Right: AAP will provide Water as a Right. It will
provide universal access to clean drinking water to all citizens of Delhi at an
affordable price. The Delhi Jal Board Act will be amended to make clean
drinking water a right of the people. AAP will make a time bound plan of action
for covering all residents of Delhi with piped water and sewage network in all
parts irrespective of their legal status. There will be no discrimination
between planned/non-planned; authorized/ non-authorized; regularized/
non-regularized; city or village. Within five years piped water connections will
be made available to as many as 14 lakh households (50 lakh people) in Delhi
that do not have a piped water connection at present.
10.Free Lifeline Water: AAP will ensure free lifeline water of up
to 20 kiloliters (20,000 liters) to every household per month through a Delhi
Jal Board’s (DJB) metered water connection. This scheme will be extended to
11.Fair and Transparent Water Pricing: AAP will provide universal
access to potable water to all its citizens of Delhi at a sustainable and
affordable price. The mandatory annual 10 percent hike in water tariffs will be
abolished and any further hike will be made only after due consideration. The
AAP government will abolish the C-1A (B) category to provide relief to
households that run small shops from their residence (less than 100 square
feet) for their livelihood for which they are charge commercial rates in spite
of the fact that they are not using water for commercial purposes.
12.Water From Munak Canal: AAP will ensure the firm implementation
of the High Court order that says Delhi is entitled to extra raw water from
Haryana in the Munak canal, an issue on which the BJP government in Haryana and
at the Centre have been dithering.
13.Augmenting Water Resources: Our government will preserve and
replenish local and decentralized water resources, will initiate schemes for
rainwater harvesting, recharge of wells, watershed development and soil-water
conservation. AAP will revive Delhi’s water bodies like lakes, ponds and
baolis, among others, by rainwater recharging and maintaining them in
partnership with Mohalla Sabhas.
14.Crackdown On Water Mafia: AAP is committed to clamping down on
Delhi’s powerful water mafia working under the patronage of political leaders.
AAP will put in place a transparent tanker water distribution system by
state-of-the-art techniques. The schedule of tankers operating in
different localities would be made available online and on mobile phone.
Private tankers will be allowed to operate under the guidelines framed by our
government. This will protect the consumers from exorbitant pricing and illegal
practices of private tanker operators.
15.Revive The Yamuna: The Yamuna River has been part of the
collective memory of Delhi for a long time but this lifeline is dying. We will
ensure 100 percent collection and treatment of Delhi’s sewage through an
extensive sewer network and construction of new functional sewage treatment
plants. Discharge of untreated water and industrial effluents into the river
Yamuna will be strictly prohibited.
16.Promote Rainwater Harvesting: The AAP government will throw its
weight behind rainwater harvesting and strongly push it in a top-down manner.
Families that adopt rainwater harvesting shall be termed water- friendly
families. The government will provide incentives to families who do so.
17.Build 2,00,000 Public Toilets: AAP will build two lakh toilets
across Delhi: about 1.5 lakh toilets in slums and JJ clusters and 50,000
toilets in public spaces, of which 1 lakh toilets will be for women. These
toilets will be concentrated in public spaces and slum areas. We will construct
eco-toilets to save water.
18.Better Waste Management: AAP will adopt and encourage the use
of good practices in waste management techniques from across the world. We will
encourage recycling by segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste
at the household level. Littering or disposal of construction debris in public
places will attract a heavy fine. We will enforce the ban on plastic bags in
19.Five Hundred New Government Schools: AAP will build 500 new
schools with a special focus on secondary and senior secondary schools to
ensure that every Delhi child has easy access to quality education.
20.Higher Education Guarantee Scheme: Students who wish to pursue
any diploma or degree course after finishing Class 12 from any school in Delhi
will be given bank loans with the government standing as a guarantor. Students
will not be required to furnish any collateral and the scheme will be universal
in nature regardless of a student’s financial background. The loan will cover
both tuition fees and living expenses. The loan repayment schedule will carry a
moratorium period covering the years required to finish the course and one year
thereafter to find a job. Under this scheme no loan request will be rejected.
21.Twenty New Degree Colleges: AAP will open 20 new colleges under
Delhi administration on the outskirts of the city in partnership with the villages
of Delhi. Further we will double the existing seat capacity of the Delhi
government administered colleges including Delhi’s flagship university, the
22.Regulate Private School Fees: We will regulate private school
fees by publishing the fee structures and accounts online. Capitation fee will
23.Transparency in Schools Admissions: AAP will bring in complete
transparency in Nursery and KG admissions. To streamline the admission process,
we will use a centralized online system for nursery admissions, removing
avenues for corruption.
24.Ramp Up Government Schools to Provide Quality Education: AAP is
committed to improving the standard of government schools so that all citizens
of Delhi have access to high quality of education. Every school will have
sufficient functional toilets built, especially for girls. A sufficient budget
will be given at the discretion of the principal for lights, fans, blackboards
and other essential infrastructure. Teaching and learning infrastructure
including computers and high-speed Internet connectivity will be made fully
functional in every school. Number of DTC buses will be increased in order to
service private schools so that it cuts down on the wait times at regular DTC
bus stops. Seventeen thousand new teachers will be hired to maintain full staff
strength at government schools.
25.Increased Spending on Education and Healthcare: Education and
Health will be AAP’s top priority. The total budgetary allocation will be
26.Expand Healthcare Infrastructure: We will create 900 new
Primary Health Centers (PHCs) and 30,000 more beds in Delhi hospitals, out of
which 4,000 will be in maternity wards. We will ensure that Delhi conforms to
the international norm of five beds for every 1000 people.
27.Quality Drugs For All At Affordable Price: Pharmaceutical drug
and equipment procurement will be centralized to ensure zero corruption.
Generic, affordable and high quality drugs will be made available to the
28.Adequate Street Lighting: Seventy percent of Delhi’s
streetlights do not work. Unlit streets become scenes of crimes particularly
against women. AAP will ensure a100 percent lighting of streets across the city
so that no miscreant or anti-social activity goes unnoticed.
29.Effective Last Mile Connectivity: AAP will provide effective
last mile connectivity in Delhi’s public transit system, which will play a role
in reducing the number of crimes against women. An effective combination of
shared autos, metro feeder services and e-rickshaws will be used to provide
efficient last mile connectivity by fixing and delimiting routes. This will be
synced with metro and bus timings so that there is a working connection to each
neighborhood from nodal points.
30.CCTVs in Public Spaces and Buses: AAP plans to install CCTV
cameras in DTC buses, bus stands and in crowded places as a deterrent against
crime. AAP will ensure that women can go about their jobs in the city free of
stress while travelling by public transport.
31.Speedy Justice through 47 Fast-Track Courts: AAP will strongly
push for the creation and completion of fast-track courts, which are dedicated
to handling cases of sexual assault and other crimes against women. AAP will
operationalize 47 new courts that it had commissioned in January 2014 to ensure
speedy justice. If required, the courts will be run in two shifts so that the
cases involving crimes against women are heard and trials completed within six
32.Empower Delhi Lawyers and Judiciary: New judges will be
appointed. We will make provisions for affordable housing for government
counsels and lawyers practising in lower courts. The government will streamline
existing government medical schemes to ensure maximum coverage of legal
33.Women’s Security Force: AAP will set up Mahila Suraksha Dal or
Women’s Security Force made up of a 10,000 strong Home Guard who are currently
forced to work as servants, drivers and cooks at the residences of senior
officers and ministers. AAP will also use 5,000 bus marshals to prevent and
deter crime on public transport.
34.Suraksha Button: Our government will provide a Suraksha/SOS
button on every mobile phone. We will work towards its connectivity to the
police, nearest PCR van, relatives and volunteer community.
35.Governance On The Mobile Phone: All government services and
forms will be made available online and on the phone. Data on government
projects, performance, accounts and personnel will be posted online. This will
bring transparency and accountability in governance.
36. Delhi’s Villages To Receive Special Attention: Decisions
regarding the development of Delhi’s villages will be taken by Gram Sabhas,
which will be granted special untied Village Development Funds to be utilized
according to their priorities. Those engaged in agriculture and animal
husbandry will receive incentives and infrastructural support as is done in
neighbouring states. We will provide sports facilities in villages to encourage
young adults to pursue sports. Connectivity to rural Delhi will be enhanced
through increased bus and metro services.
37. Pro-Farmer Land Reform: Section 33 and 81 of the Delhi Land
Reform Act, which put unjust restrictions on farmers’ rights over their land,
will be removed. No land will be acquired in Delhi’s villages without the
consent of the Gram Sabha. Strong pressure would be exerted on the Central
government to remove unnecessary restrictions regarding land use in villages.
38.Wi-Fi Delhi: We will make Wi-Fi freely available in public
spaces across Delhi. Citywide Wi-Fi can help in bridging the digital divide. It
will also provide an impetus to education, entrepreneurship, business,
employment, and also tie in with women’s safety initiatives.
39.Delhi To Be Made A Trade And Retail Hub: AAP will formulate
trader-friendly policies and streamline rules and regulations for setting up
and running businesses. We will simplify compliance and licensing for traders
and put in place a system of single window clearance. We will also ensure that
starting a trade or business in Delhi takes a maximum time of one week. As
vital stakeholders the participation of traders in the framing of trade
policies will be encouraged.
40.No FDI In Retail: Our government will continue with its
decision of not allowing FDI in retail in Delhi.
41.Lowest VAT Regime: Delhi will have the lowest VAT regime in
India. We will simplify VAT and other tax structures. One portion of the VAT
collected from every locality and market will be used for the maintenance and
upgradation of that market to foster business and trade.
42.End of VAT Raids And Inspector Raj: We will put an end to raid
culture and inspector raj. Only under exceptional circumstances will a raid be
permitted with the prior approval of senior officials.
43.Simplifying VAT Rules: AAP will simplify VAT rules, processes
and forms. The 30 page long VAT form will be crunched into one page for
traders. All communication with the concerned department will be online.
Licenses will be applied for and received at home.
44.Delhi Skill Mission: AAP will promote vocational education and
skill development of Delhi’s youth in schools and colleges, to bridge the real
skill gap in Delhi. We will create the first ever Delhi Skill Mission to train
and enable one lakh youth per year for the first 2 years, ramping up to five
lakh youth per year for the next 3 years.
45.Create 8 Lakh Jobs: AAP will create eight lakh new jobs in the
next five years. AAP will facilitate innovative and private startup
accelerators to provide support to entrepreneurs. We will create an ecosystem
that enables private industry to create more jobs.
46.Delhi To Be Startup Hub: The government will encourage startups
by setting up business and technology incubators in universities and colleges.
As a pilot project, we will also create three million square feet of affordable
business incubation space.
47.Contractual Posts To Be Regularized: AAP will fill 55,000
vacancies in the Delhi government and autonomous bodies of the Delhi Government
on an immediate basis. 4,000 doctors and 15,000 nurses and paramedics will be
48.Emphasis On Social Security: AAP will implement a flexible and
fair labour policy. Our policy will ensure social security for workers in the
unorganized sector; regulate wages, services and working hours of domestic
workers and improve work conditions of rag pickers. Local Mohalla Sabhas will
provide licences to street vendors and hawkers in designated spaces.
49.Reducing Pollution: Delhi Ridge, the lung of the city, will be
protected from encroachment and deforestation. Environmentally appropriate
afforestation would be carried out in all parts of Delhi in collaboration with
the local Mohalla Sabhas. We will acquire mechanized vacuum cleaning vehicles
to clean the city. Public transport will be improved to reduce the number of
cars on the road. Additionally, incentives will be provided for low emission
fuels like CNG and electricity. Government will encourage car-pooling and will
crackdown on fuel adulteration to reduce pollution.
50.Unified Transport Authority: AAP will formulate holistic
transport policies for all forms of transport including the metro, buses, auto
rickshaws, rickshaws and e-rickshaws. A ‘Unified Transport Authority’ will be
established for this purpose.
51.Large Scale Expansion in Bus Services: We will expand bus
services in the city on a massive scale, adding at least 5,000 new buses to the
city fleet in five years. This will reduce the cost of transportation and
pollution in the city.
52.Just And Fair Policy For E-Rickshaws: E-rickshaw drivers of
Delhi spent many months mired in confusion. They lost their livelihood for
months due to the BJP’s policy paralysis. AAP will formulate a clear policy and
standards for the ownership and operation of e-rickshaws, keeping safety
aspects in mind.
53.Metro Rail 2.0: We will collaborate with the Indian Railways to
extend and develop the Ring Rail service in Delhi. AAP will also work towards
large-scale expansion of the Delhi metro, especially in rural areas. Senior
citizens, students and persons with disability will be provided concessional
passes on buses and in the metro.
54.Fair Arrangement for Auto Drivers: The number of auto rickshaw
stands will be increased. We will facilitate fast bank loans for the purchase
of auto-rickshaws. Special trainings will be conducted for auto drivers to
improve their overall conduct. The interests of commuters will be protected by
taking strict action against auto drivers in case of violation of laws or
misbehaviour. At the same time, we will prevent harassment of auto rickshaw
drivers by the police.
55.Freehold Of Resettlement Colonies: The Aam Aadmi Party proposes
a simple solution of conferring freehold rights to resettlement colonies.
Original allottees will receive ownership of their plots for just Rs. 10,000.
Those who are not original allottees will get the ownership rights of their
plots for less than Rs. 50,000 depending on their plot size. The cumbersome
multi-page form will be simplified and condensed into a single page form.
56.Regularization And Transformation Of Unauthorized Colonies: We
will provide registration rights with regard to property and sales deeds in
resettlement colonies. Further, we will provide water and sewer lines,
electricity, schools and hospitals in a systematic and phased manner.
Multi-pronged action to make available these basic necessities is the only way
of empowering unauthorized colonies, which is something that has never been
attempted by the BJP or the Congress. Within one year of our government
formation, these unauthorized colonies will be regularized and residents will
be given ownership rights.
57.Affordable Housing For All: We will construct affordable
housing for lower income groups. Over 200 acres of land is currently lying
vacant with the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board that can be used for
58.In Situ Development of Slums: Slum dwellers will be provided
plots or flats in the same location as the existing slums. If that is not
possible, they will be rehabilitated in the closest possible location. The
Mohalla Sabha will plan the rehabilitation process and monitor its
implementation. Until such rehabilitation is completed, the slums will not be
demolished under any circumstances. Facilities for drinking water, sanitation
and cleaning of sewage canals will be provided in all slums. Streets and lanes
in slums will be repaired and converted into pucca roads.
59.Taking Care Of Our Senior Citizens: The government will
initiate a universal and non-contributory old age pension system immediately. A
minimum dignified amount indexed to inflation will be provided. Delays in
disbursement and arbitrary decisions regarding pensions will be eliminated.
60.Controlling Price Rise: In the retail and wholesale business,
stringent measures will be taken to prevent hoarding and profiteering. Our
government will use the its full strength to stop black market operations,
hoarding and speculative trading to curb the rising prices of vegetables,
fruits and other essential commodities. Ration shops and the public
distribution system will be corruption-free and shield the Aam Aadmi from
61.Drug-Free Delhi: AAP wishes to make Delhi a completely
drug-free state. We will prevent drug trafficking by means of tight monitoring
and ensuring strict punishment for the guilty. The number of de-addiction
centers shall be increased and mental and psychiatric support for
rehabilitation purposes will be provided. We will also ensure that effective
counseling is easily available in schools for adolescents.
62.Empowering The Disabled: We are committed to protecting the
rights of Persons with Disability (PwD), and hope to make Delhi an exemplar for
the rest of India. AAP will ensure implementation of the 3 percent reservation
for persons with disability. We will strive to make education truly inclusive
by hiring special educators in government schools. AAP will help children with
disability get admission into schools and colleges and ensure financial support
to institutions working especially for their needs.
63.Justice For Victims Of Anti-Sikh 1984 Carnage: The 1984
anti-Sikh carnage was one of the lowest points in the history of Delhi. Those
responsible continue to roam scot-free. The Aam Aadmi Party understands the
feeling widespread in the Sikh community that they have been denied justice.
Further, the fact that the BJP-led government at the Centre still feels the
need to constitute a committee to decide
whether an SIT is needed or not on this issue is mystifying. We
promise to notify the SIT that we had ordered in January 2014 to reinvestigate
the 1984 anti-Sikh killings, particularly the involvement of high profile
Congress leaders. Cases where investigations were not carried out properly or
witness testimonies not recorded will be reopened.
64.Respecting Our Ex-Servicemen: Delhi is home to a large number
of ex-servicemen and women from the Armed Forces. AAP will stand by the
nation’s ex-servicemen in their fight for “One Rank, One Pension”. We will
ensure the existing quota in government jobs for ex-servicemen is filled up.
65.Development And Equality For All Minorities: The recent
communal tension witnessed in Delhi is totally out of sync with the social
fabric of the city. We stand firmly against attacks on places of worship and
inflammatory speeches across Delhi. Upholding the spirit of Swaraj, Mohalla
Sabhas will set up peace committees to ensure harmony in their respective
neighborhoods. We will bring transparency in the functioning of Delhi Waqf
Board and ensure that encroachments on Waqf property by private parties as well
as the government are removed.
66.Dignity To The Safai Karamchari: AAP will end
contractualisation in “safai karamchari” posts and will regularize existing
employees. Workers who enter sewers will be provided with protective gear,
masks and appropriate equipment. Like fire fighters, they will receive medical
insurance. To help in their career advancement, safai karamcharis will be
provided assistance in education and training. On the death of a “safai
karamchari” on duty, Rs. 50 lakh will be given to the bereaved family.
67.Ensuring The Rights Of The Marginalized: We will ensure that
policies of reservation concerning the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and
Other Backward Caste sections are enforced in Delhi government jobs.
Entrepreneurs from Scheduled Castes will be provided zero or low-interest loans
to set up businesses. Procedures for obtaining caste certificates will be
simplified. We will take steps to end the discrimination against and harassment
of denotified and nomadic communities in Delhi. The long neglected transgender
community will be provided access to health, education and appropriate identity
cards that will ease their engagement with institutions.
68.Promote Sports Culture: We will create new sports facilities,
improve the existing infrastructure and provide coaching assistance to
sportspersons. We will open for the youth Delhi’s sports stadiums and complexes
that at present are lying underutilized. More than 3000 government school
playgrounds will also be made available to the local community after school
69.Promoting Punjabi, Sanskrit And Urdu: We will provide
second-language status to Urdu and Punjabi. An adequate number of teachers will
be employed for teaching Urdu and Punjabi. Research in Urdu and Punjabi shall
be encouraged in various Delhi state universities. Study and research in Sanskrit
will also be encouraged.
70.Preserving Our Heritage and Literature: The Delhi Public
Library Network, which presented a vibrant public space accessible to all and
encouraged a culture of reading and curiosity about one’s social context, will
be enhanced. A public library or community-reading space will be created in
every constituency of Delhi.
(source- CG Employees blog)
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