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Dengue menace: Ajay Maken files PIL, slams AAP for not acting responsibly

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Congress leader Ajay Maken. Photo Credit: www.deccanchronicle.com

By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on Saturday by Congress leader Ajay Maken accusing the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and MCDs of not acting responsibly to control the spread of dengue in the national capital.

Photo Credit: www.bhaskar.com
Photo Credit: www.bhaskar.com

In the PIL, Maken said the Delhi government failed to initiate awareness campaigns and a dengue outbreak alarm was raised only after fatal cases of dengue, which is otherwise not a life-threatening disease.

It said the Delhi government had allocated approximately Rs 81 crore towards “Malaria and Dengue Control Programs”. However, it has not bothered to release the funds to the MCDs and citing lack of funds as an ‘alibi’ for their gross failure in controlling dengue outbreak, the agencies have rendered the general public completely helpless.

“There is a lack of coordination and unpreparedness on behalf of the Delhi government, Central government and also the municipal authorities in Delhi in addressing and controlling the unprecedented outbreak of dengue and the deteriorating public health in the city,” said the plea.

It said all hospitals– private and public– should be directed to not refuse any patients on account of monetary conditions or any other reason and in any case of misconduct of the hospitals or refusal, heavy penalty must be imposed by the court.

The MCDs should be directed to urgently undertake special fumigation drives, sanitation drives, and anti-mosquito breeding drives in their respective areas, said the PIL, adding that the Central government should be directed to depute more doctors in the national capital from the Central pool (i.e. from other states).

The PIL is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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30 Doorstep Services Offered By Delhi Government AAP

Delhi government offers 30 more doorstep services

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AAP brings 70 doorstep services for delhi residents. IANS

People living in Delhi can now avail 30 more services at their doorstep, including adding members in ration card, paying the motor vehicle tax and getting a DTC pass, taking the total number of such services to 70. The second phase of the doorstep delivery of public services, the official launch of which is yet to take place, has been rolled out.

Residents can dial 1076 and get the service by paying Rs 50 extra, an official from Delhi’s Administrative Reforms told IANS. The new services include booking a tour package through Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corp.

In September 2018, the Delhi government had launched the doorstep delivery of 40 public services to make things easy for the common man. In the first phase, people got certificates of marriage, caste, domicile, income, births and deaths among others at their doors.

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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to offer 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps. IANS

Driving license, new water or sewer connection and disconnection were also provided under the scheme which functions between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. through a ‘Mobile Sahayak’. The government had planned to roll out more services by February but they got delayed.

“Once the second phase is on track, steps to start the third phase will be initiated,” the official said. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has plans to have at least 100 services delivered at people’s doorsteps, the official said.

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Aam Aadmi Party leader Atishi told IANS: “The plan initially was to take things online but we realised that people find it more easy to call a number and get the services instead of doing things online.” The tenure of the Kejriwal government will end on February 2020. (IANS)