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In Jung Vs Kejriwal, anti-corruption helpline number becomes a farce

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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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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)