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Arvind Kejriwal dampens the spirit of digitalization by introducing documentation process

Doorstep Delivery of Public Services seeks to provide 40 key public services under eight government departments.

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

NEW DELHI: Last year only, the hard-hitting concept of demonetization forced India to come up with the terms of digitalization. The base behind such a move was to root out black money and it has been achieved to a great extent. But with the recent uproar of a new proposal by the AAP party may chock all these efforts of digitalization.

Delhi government has come up with the proposal of “Doorstep Delivery of Public Services” which was approved on November 16 by the Delhi cabinet and seeks to provide 40 key public services, such as caste and birth certificates, licences, vehicle registrations, and pensions to senior citizens among few other services.

As per the scheme, a government representative would visit the applicant’s house after the request and will collect, certify and upload their documents for the required service.

Later a draft was sent to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor, Anil Baijal, for his consent on the “Doorstep Delivery of Public Services”. The new scheme didn’t go well with LG office and was sent back for reconsideration of the proposal, citing safety concerns.

But, Arvind Kejriwal blamed the LG for ‘rejecting’ the doorstep delivery of public services project and raised questions about the democratic rights. The development sparked a serious of argument between the AAP party and LG office.

Then a press release was released by the LG office to hush the disagreement. LG clarified that the proposal wasn’t rejected but sent back to the Delhi government to reconsider its parameters. As the doorstep service may lead to the safety concerns for women and senior citizens, the possibility of corruption, bad behaviour, breach of privacy and loss of documents amongst few other things.

Also, it doesn’t make any sense to pull down all the efforts to make India a digital global hub by bringing back all the complex process of documentation. The uncertainty around the new proposal also raises some suspicion on the AAP party, as the new scheme may be a move to run campaigns, incite corruption and influence the public opinion for the next elections.

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

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.

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“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.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

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.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)