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New Delhi: The Delhi government has decided to set up a wing to keep an eye on the wrongdoers in its departments in the wake of its Anti Corruption Branch getting paralysed due to the tussle with the central government.

“We have made an information network which will work for the vigilance department. This unit will have officers from vigilance department which we need to strengthen,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told the media here after a meeting with the heads of all departments in the state government.

He said that the Anti Corruption Branch is not fighting corruption and, therefore, a network of vigilance officers will be made to check corruption in the government.

At present, the Anti Corruption Branch has two heads, one appointed by the central government and the other appointed by Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government. The matter is in court.

The meeting of officers on Monday was chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who told them that the government will not tolerate corruption at any cost.

“The chief minister plainly told all heads of the departments that the government won’t tolerate corruption at any cost — be it a minister, MLA or junior officer,” said Sisodia.

“He also told them to ensure that there is no wrongdoing in their respective department and assured them that the government would make all the resources available to stop corruption,” he added.

The meeting comes a day after Kejriwal’s meeting with AAP legislators in the wake of removal of Asif Ahmed Khan as Delhi’s food minster on graft charges.

(IANS)

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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.