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IndiaTva7bdf5_helplineBy NewsGram Staff Writer

Thanks to its bitter conflicts with lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung, the AAP government’s much-fancied instrument to empower Delhiites and fight graft; the Anti-corruption helpline number 1031 has become a dud.

Anti-corruption bureau chief M K Meena on Wednesday attacked the AAP government for halting the routing of calls to the ACB for action.

Meena, who was appointed to the post by LG Najeeb Jung said, “If information is being suppressed, it is an offence. They should either shut down or handover the helpline to us if they are finding it difficult to run”, adding that the government was trying to make the ACB toothless.

The ACB is meant to act on public grievances regarding corruption and puts a rough estimate of around 50,000 calls which have gone unheard due to the non-transfer of calls from the vigilance to ACB.

In this regard, the ACB chief is learnt to have had meetings and sent written letters to the government.

Meena had earlier written a letter to the Delhi chief secretary criticising that the city government was not transferring complaints made to vigilance helpline 1031 to the anti-graft body, as is the norm.

“If the complaints are not brought to the knowledge of the anti-corruption branch, the public hoping for some action against the corrupt will suffer,” Meena is said to have communicated to the chief secretary.

As victims provided evidence via photographs, audio recordings and videos, many cases have been registered by the anti-corruption branch, with the helpline registering over 2 lakh complaints till date.

The 1031 helpline consists of over 60 lines and receives thousands of calls each day. Complaints have been registered extensively against municipal corporations, Delhi Jal Board, Delhi Fire Services, transport department. The Delhi Police has not been spared either in this regard.

Meanwhile, the state authorities have kept the call centre location secret. The complaints were being forwarded to the anti-corruption branch till a month ago.

On April 5, Delhi Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had re-launched the helpline at a public gathering at Talkatora Stadium.

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The present stalemate between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung is wreaking havoc on the everyday life of the citizens of Delhi.

While both the Centre and the Aam Aadmi Party raise boisterous slogans for wiping out corruption from politics, it is ironically shameful that their tussles for one-upmanship have rendered the anti-corruption bureau powerless, and precariously closer to becoming defunct.

Both the Centre, viz. Najeeb Jung and the state government need to rest their weapons and resolve their differences at the earliest. If the differences persist, a workable solution or a truce should be agreed upon so that the Aam Aadmi can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

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Arvind Kejriwal Accuses Modi Government of Betraying Farmers

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged

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Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Modi government betrayed farmers: Kejriwal.

The Modi government has stabbed farmers in the back by telling the Supreme Court that it cannot implement recommendations of the M.S. Swaminathan Commission which the BJP promised to do so in 2014, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a farmers rally here at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader also slammed the Centre’s crop insurance scheme as a “fraud” and demanded that it be scrapped.

“Soldiers at the borders and farmers at thier farms are in distress. It’s a sad state of affairs. The BJP has dishonoured the promises it made in 2014,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Thousands of farmers from across the country marched from Ramlila Maidan to Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital seeking loan waiver and higher crop prices and warning political parties not to ignore their plight.

Reminding the BJP’s promise vis-a-vis the Swaminathan Commission, Kejriwal accused the ruling party of going back on its election promise.

“They have filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court and said they can’t implement it. There can’t be a greater betrayal than this. This government has stabbed farmers in the back,” he said, asking the government to take back the affidavit.

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Narendra Modi (Wikimedia Commons)

He warned that if it failed to do so, farmers would teach the saffron party a lesson in the 2019 elections.

Demanding loan waiver for farmers, he also said that they must get fair price for their produce.

“They are not begging but fighting for their rights. Once their loans are waived, they won’t demand it again. The government should also buy the farmers’ produce at appropriate price.”

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He blasted the government’s crop insurance scheme.

“This is not an insurance scheme but it is BJP’s ‘kisan daka yojna’ (plunder farmers scheme). This must go and the money paid by farmers be returned. Instead, the government should start a compensation scheme for farmers.”

The Modi government was worried more about Ambanis and Adanis, he alleged. (IANS)