The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), completes three years in office today. The party marched into power with an overwhelming majority of 67 seats in a 70-member House in 2015.
As of now, however, the party is staring at the possibility of bypolls after the President recently approved the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs last month over holding offices of profit. The matter is currently subjudice.
Kejriwal and his cabinet ministers are scheduled to take questions and feedback from people through social media and phone calls on Wednesday.
The AAP government’s achievements so far include mohalla clinics, provision of free water, reduction of electricity tariffs by half, increasing minimum wages and more classrooms. Promises like regularisation of unauthorised colonies, cleaning the Yamuna, and making Delhi a ‘WiFi city’ remain unfulfilled.
- From 105 mohalla clinics last year to 180 now, of which 160 are operational, the Delhi government has identified space to build 668 more.
- The government has also approved 97 polyclinics and 2,579 beds in hospitals.
- The 2015 manifesto had promised the creation of two lakh public toilets. But in the past three years, it has managed to construct only 21,000 community toilets. In fact, DUSIB received Rs 18.86 crore for the purpose from the Centre, of which it utilised only Rs 7.33 crore, with 61 per cent remaining unused. “The mandate for DUSIB is to construct community toilets, but with public toilets, other agencies like MCDs and DDA are also involved,” an official said.
- Before coming to power, AAP promised 11,000 buses. With the deadline for adding 10,000 buses approaching, the Delhi government has approved the opening of five new bus depots by the end of this year to add 895 buses at Rs 134 crore.
- The government has constructed 8,000 classrooms and claims to have stopped the annual increase of private school fee by creating a fee anomaly committee. It has started giving out education loans of up to Rs 10 lakh under the ‘Higher Education Guarantee Scheme’.
- On Sunday, the Aam Aadmi Party had organised a ‘Vikas Yatra’ in all 70 Assembly constituencies of Delhi to highlight the “good work” done by the Kejriwal government, as part of events to mark its three years in power.
- Arvind Kejriwal said he would meet people from Monday to Friday at 10 am at his residence without an appointment. “The government is going to start ‘doorstep delivery of services’ through which people will be able to get various services such as birth certificate, income certificate at their doorstep,” he said.
- Blaming Centre for creating hurdles, Kejriwal said they had been able to do only half the work they could have done in the past three years.
- According to the government, people can ask questions from any of the ministers at 011-23348334 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Besides, they can also post their queries on the chief minister’s Facebook account and Twitter from 12 noon to 1 pm. The official said that as per the schedule, all AAP ministers will list achievements of their respective departments for an hour from 11 am to 12 noon on that day.
- A song composed and sung by singer Vishal Dadlani will also be released on the occasion. Abhi hua teen saal Kejriwal, aage hoga sandar paanch saal Kejriwal‘, are the lyrics of the song.
- Manoj Tiwari spelt out BJP’s counter: “On February 14, we will release a white paper on the work done in the last three years. Our party workers will stage demonstrations outside the CM’s residence. We will launch a jan andolan against the AAP government in the next one week. This will include demonstrations outside the CM’s house, campaigns in markets, Metro stations and colleges.”
- Meanwhile, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit will jointly address a press conference over the AAP’s three years in government.