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Delhi government’s response sought on CNG fitness scam


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought the Delhi government’s response on a public suit challenging its decision to appoint a commission of inquiry into the alleged multi-crore rupee CNG fitness scam.



A number of officials of previous the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government are under the scanner in the scam. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath sought a response from the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government on the suit, which said that the government a issued notification of setting up commission of inquiry without the lieutenant governor’s nod.

The court has sought the government’s response by September 23, the suit sought a direction to quash the notification.

On August 11, the government issued notification to appoint the commission into the scam that is already being probed by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).

The Commission of Inquiry will be headed by retired Delhi High Court judge Justice S.N. Agarwal.

The scam had come to light in 2012 when ACB found that the Delhi government had lost nearly Rs.100 crore in alleged irregularities in awarding contract to operate and maintain inspection and certification of CNG vehicles at the transport authority in Burari to ESP India Pvt Ltd instead of ESP USA.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had accused Lt Governor Najeeb Jung of trying to hush up the scam.


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30 Doorstep Services Offered By Delhi Government AAP

Delhi government offers 30 more doorstep services

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)