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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In good stead with its plans to make the national capital a Wi-fi connected zone, the Aam Aadmi Party government on Monday said that it would provide 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots by February next year across the national capital.

To make it more extensive, the government also plans to provide internet connectivity in 5,000 buses of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and also lay a common fibre infrastructure in the city.

An official of the IT department said, “ We envision the rollout of 1,000 Wi-Fi hotspots around the time of completion of first year of AAP Delhi government early next year with further scaling of coverage every year.

“Technical and feasibility study on these issues is being conducted by the Wi-Fi Task Force of Delhi Dialogue Commission and the IT department of Delhi government,” the official said.

The Delhi government in association with the Delhi Dialogue Commission’s Wi-Fi Task Force also held consultation with various telecom operators, system integrators, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and hardware and software providers.

The consultation was chaired by Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, DDA vice-chairman Ashish Khetan, parliamentary secretary Adarsh Shastri and chief secretary K.K. Sharma.

At the end of this three-day consultation and over 40 one-to-one discussions at the DDA’s Wi-Fi task force, the expert panel has come up with preliminary expert recommendations which will be followed by a detailed paper by June-end.

The government in its statement said that the state government wanted to give every citizen the right to Internet.

“Universal access to Internet is transformative idea that can empower citizens and provide them a level playing field, irrespective of economic status, educational qualifications, gender, race or religion,” the government said.

“Wi-Fi will be the first phase of making Delhi a digital city and will bridge the digital divide by creating an information superhighway, which will consist of CCTV, geotagging, m-governance, e-governance and other citizen services being built on top of Wi-Fi as a service,” parliamentary secretary Shastri said in New Delhi.

 

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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.