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By NewsGram Staff Writer

After Aam Aadmi Party’s declaration to make Delhi metro and DTC buses Wi-Fi enabled, a similar resolution has been adopted by the ruling BJD government in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Dream Team Sahara (DTS), which runs a public transport service with public-private-partnership (PPP) in Odisha, has decided to make Bhubaneswar buses Wi-Fi enabled.

“We have made all the 12 AC buses Wi-Fi enabled and will shortly roll out the free service for our passengers. The project is expected to begin by the third week of this month,” said DTS chief executive officer, Sudhansu Jena. “It will be a summer gift to AC bus passengers,” he added.

Currently, there are eight AC buses plying between Bhubaneswar and Puri and four inside Bhubaneswar. More than 4,000 passengers travel in these buses on a given day.

To improve the safety of passengers, the state government last week had ordered all the local bus operators to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and Global Positioning System (GPS) devices. This step is also aimed to keep an eye on notorious bus drivers, staff and passengers.

Regional transport officer has to certify all the installations in the buses. The news of compulsory installation has since evoked mixed reactions from bus operators.

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Kejriwal’s Door to Door Donation Drive is a Farce: Munish Raizada

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors' list on its website and then only seek new donations.

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Dr. Munish Raizada along with his Chanda Bandh Satyagraha team outside the office of AAP MLA Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). File photo

Chicago: The Aam Aadmi Party Convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has launched a door to door campaign seeking donations for the AAP.  According to former overseas co-coordinator of Aam Aadmi Party, Dr. Munish Raizada, this is nothing more than a misleading campaign!

Raizada says that Kejriwal has no moral right to seek donations from common man as he has dismantled financial transparency in AAP by removing donors list from its website. Displaying donors’ list showing real time donations and making the income and expenditure accounts available online were the basis and the promise of the AAP, emphasised Raizada.

Now, after hiding donors’ list and its balance sheets from the public, the AAP cannot claim to be practising alternative politics.

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Lack of financial transparency in the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP prompted a group of NRIs, who once worked to mobilise funds and support for the party, to turn against it. (File photo)

It may be noted that AAP removed the list of donors from its website in June 2016. Moreover, since then AAP has been surrounded with controversies related to donations. AAP had also received Rs 30.67 crore Income Tax notice, last year in November, implying that all is not well with AAP’s accounts, says Raizada.

He further questions Kejriwal, that if AAP has nothing to hide about its accounts and if AAP is honest with its account keeping then why is Kejriwal hiding the donations?

Even the donation policy that was earlier the pride of every AAP volunteer has been done away with. The donation policy on AAP website used to state: “Every single rupee donated to the party will be published on the website immediately along with the details of the donor. Every expense done by the party will also be published on the website.”

But rather than putting the donors’ list in public domain, the party’s corrupt leadership started blaming BJP and I.T. Department for harassing its donors.

 

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Chanda Bandh Satygrah demands restoration of  lost values in AAP ( File Photo)

 

Opaque political funding is the fountain head of corruption. Further, Raizada says that if the party cannot be transparent in its political funding, then talking about fighting corruption and graft is a mere rhetoric. He said that the appeals by Chanda Bandh Satyagraha have fallen on deaf ears as far as the party’s

leadership is concerned. 

Chanda Bandh Satyagraha makes an appeal that AAP should immediately restore donors’ list on its website and then only seek new donations. Chanda Bandh Satyagraha was started by AAP’s volunteers in 2016, with an appeal to the public not to donate to AAP unless it makes its donation lists open and transparent.