The AAP-led Delhi government is all set to develop a web portal which will make the Local Area Development Funds and the project details of the MLAs online.
Implementation will be done by the end of this month, making it a unique and exclusive initiative amongst all states in India. The government is also planning to train the MLAs in a two-day programme which will be held next week. All MLAs would be trained in using the portal and each one will have a unique login ID.
The governing body of all such projects will be the newly constructed Delhi Urban Development Authority (DUDA). It will be headed by the respective district magistrates in each of the 11 districts. It would also cover projects approved during the recent mohalla sabha meetings. The following would be financed through the Swaraj Fund.
After it came into effect on August 15, DUDA has been termed as the answer to red-tapism in delivering development projects. The authority will also work as the central agency for the execution of all developmental projects in Delhi.
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.