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New Delhi: The Delhi government is planning a one-stop helpline for Delhiites, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said. But the helpline will have to wait till the municipal polls in 2017 which the AAP is hoping to win.

“We are planing a single helpline for people. But that will have to wait till we win the corporation elections in 2017,” Kejriwal told IANS at the Delhi secretariat.

Kejriwal said he realized that a majority of civic complaints are related to grievances against the local corporations. But very few knew, he said, that the Delhi government had no control over these corporations — the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the East Delhi Municipal Corporation – which are run by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“But we keep getting the blame as people think that having voted us to power with such a large majority, we should be able to solve their problems,” Kejriwal said.

He also said that people, not knowing where to call, end up calling the wrong departmental helplines and were shunted around. 

“People don’t know where to call. If the problem is related to MCD, they call up PWD. The helpline will be started only after we win the MCD poll,” Kejriwal stated. 

“The call made at this (proposed) helpline will be forwarded to other departments depending on the nature of the grievance,” he added.

Presently, the Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Helpline — 1031– is among the most dialed ones. The Women’s Helpline — 181 — is another service run by the city government. There are also helplines related to water and power woes.

Delhi’s three main municipal corporation are controlled by the BJP. The elections to these civic bodies are due in early 2017.

With an eye on these polls, Kejriwal, along with his ministers, addressed a big rally of sanitation workers last week, assuring them that their grievances would be addressed once he came to power in civic bodies too.

“I assure you that we have a lot of ideas and we can turn the municipal corporations into a profitable civic agency within one year,” Kejriwal told the rally on Monday, alluding to the loss-making corporations and their inability to pay the salaries of sanitation workers, particularly in east and north Delhi, who have resorted to piling up garbage on the streets in protest.

“Though we are not ruling the corporations – east, north and south corporations – we are ready to help the BJP-led corporations,” he declared.

He also generously announced an advance of Rs.500 crore to the cash-strapped north and east corporations to enable them to pay the salaries of sanitation workers and other employees.

(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.