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Objective analysis: An insight into AAP’s Delhi Govt beyond media frenzy and mud slinging

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By Sreyashi Mazumdar

Blowing the conch of victory, Arvind Kejriwal took over the reign of the national capital with a whopping 67 seats in his pocket in the Delhi assembly elections. However, with the overarching hullaballoo over his inefficiency as a leader and his taking after Modi’s one-man-army trick, the party has been lampooned over a considerable period now.

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Picture credit: indianexpress.com

Ranging from his new found fetish for ads to publicize the achievements of his party to his law minister’s scandalous episodes, the party has been overtly bitten by its adversaries.

Nevertheless, like every coin has a flip side, the muffler man’s party has much to its credit too. The conniving media reports and the vicious tactics of the opposition parties have somewhere down the line vitiated the achievements of the party.

“Thanks for the unprecedented victory. But it’s very scary, the kind of support the people of Delhi have extended and the mandate we have been given,” this is what the maverick had to say on his glorious victory. Despite playing the sheep, the intent to unleash an era of development with public engagement in order to bring forth a transparent and clean government was etched on his mind.

The little good things

Kicking off with the positives of the party, one would surely reminisce of his attempt at making educational opportunities readily available to the citizenry of Delhi, laying off the hassles one might run into. Being one of its kinds in India, the Kejriwal government gave a nod to the higher education and skill education guarantee scheme.

The scheme enables the individual under question to game for a loan of Rs 10 lakhs irrespective of his financial background. The scheme turns out to be a game changer as it doesn’t require a witness or a guarantor to ensure the availability of the loan. The new development cracks down upon the impediments of higher and vocational education.

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Keeping in line with the Delhi High court order of 2013, the mango man’s government has given a green signal to the ‘Witness Protection Policy.’ The newfangled approach of the government towards ensuring the security of witness in crucial cases has added another feather to the capital city’s attempt at refurbishing justice.

There have been cases where crucial witnesses were murdered or were subjected to excruciating bouts of torture; therefore, the new policy seems to be an easement.

The newly inaugurated Mohalla clinic at Piragarhi Relief Camp is one of the several steps taken by the leader in the recent past to make medical facilities readily available to the poor. 1000 such clinics are on their verge of getting constructed in the city.

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According to the health minister, Satendra Jain, averse to the investments made by the previous governments in the construction of such clinics, the new clinic has been built at a very reasonable rate; the cost of construction was 1/25th of what the previous government had been doling out.

Adding another feather to the party’s cap, the legislators of the nation’s capital have also rendered a relief to the pension beneficiaries. According to an NDTV report, around 30,000 pension beneficiaries have been successfully granted the awaited amount and another 20,000 of them will be garnering their share soon.

Despite having rolled out a series of policies benefitting the masses, the party also bears loop holes if introspected in the right order.

The little bad things

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The muffler man’s party kicked off on a positive note, seemingly striking the chords of unity; however, with each passing day, it seems the entire essence of deliberation has somewhere down the line, got obliterated. Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan’s expulsion from the national executive and laying off Admiral Ramdas’s participation in the national council meeting, further, the exemplification of a one-man show through the ad campaigns hints at a dictatorial tendency creeping in.

Kejriwal’s populist measure of delivering free wi-fi facilities in the capital city, if mulled over closely, unravels a string of disadvantages. For instance, only government websites would be accessible through the free wi-fi facility, the service wouldn’t cater to websites like YouTube. Further the party’s plan at juxtaposing women security facilities with the wi-fi wouldn’t fetch a sound result as the service wouldn’t be available in the desolated corners of the city.

When the rebel started off his party, with a vision of changing the political system, it was the media which gave him the podium, the space to ravel out his plans and policies. In an attempt at being the harbinger of a participatory democracy, he took to every method which would fulfil his goal; which would accelerate public participation.

Media was one of those means which AAP took to in order to mark his triumph in the assembly elections. However, his recent attack at the media has somewhere down the line scarred his endorsement of participation in politics. His dig at the media raised a million eyebrows, as his snap at the same wasn’t quite expected of him. Being tethered by the growing controversies, he even went to the extent of blaming the media of conspiring against him and his parties.

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Picture credit: ndtv.com

The party’s new found fetish for ad campaigns got vehemently criticized by people across the board. The Delhi High court’s recent take on the party effort to promote its accomplishment through ad campaigns got chastised by the judges looking over the case. On the basis of a Supreme Court judgement that forbids politicians from wasting tax payers’ money on ad campaigns, the party got censured.

“Electoral politics in India is more about making gains through money, muscle power and nepotism and less about a contest between competing politics and policies.”

While looking into the party’s list of objectives on its website, one might have run into the aforementioned statement. However, ruminating on the present development, one might find the party at loggerheads with its own take on electoral politics.

Nonetheless, the muffler man’s attempt at making change despite being pocked with a string of irrational and fallacious policies might result in the creation of Swarajya, a state wherein the commoners have a say and an opportunity to render their wisdom in sound policy formulation.

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Now The Delhi Government Comes Up With The Food Wastage Check Policy At Social Gatherings

"If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function," it says.

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"Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders." Pixabay

The Delhi government has drafted a policy to keep a check on the wastage of food at social functions in the national capital.

All organisers and caterers will have to register themselves with NGOs to manage the surplus and leftover food for distribution among the underprivileged, says the draft policy.

“The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs,” reads the Draft ‘Policy for Holding Social Functions in Hotels, Motels and Low-Density Residential Area (LDRA) in National Capital Territory of Delhi’.

According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer.

“They should be registered with some NGO to manage surplus/leftover food by distributing the same among underprivileged. The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs.

The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.

“If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function,” it says.

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According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer. Pixabay

The Commissioner Food Safety shall ensure that the above conditions are strictly followed; any violation thereof would invite action from the deployed officers by the Commissioner Food Safety, the draft policy reads.

The rules will be enforced by periodical inspections, which shall be conducted by officers of various state stakeholder agencies.

“Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders.”

“The capacity of the space should be determined by multiplying the total number of car parking available by four or by means the number of persons obtained by dividing the gross floor area of the premises by occupant load factor at 1.5 sqm, whichever is less,” says the document.

It said adding that the total number of days on which a social function can be organised are restricted to 120 days in authorized/approved spaces.

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The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.
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The draft also said that motels and LDRA should be constructed as per sanctioned building plan.
“Minimum area of LDRA must be equals or more than 2.5 acres. Only such Motel and LDRA houses should be permitted to hold social functions which have proper access to the road from a main road (60 ft wide or more) and the LDRA should not be located at a road which ends in a dead end,” it said.

According to an official from the government, the decision to formulate a comprehensive policy regulating social functions was taken after the direction of the Supreme Court.

“Further, in view of Motel Policy of Ministry of Tourism 1995, policy for holding social functions in Farmhouses of Government of NCT of Delhi, Master Plan 2021(MPD 2021), amendments in MPD-2021 notified in 2013, a comprehensive policy was required to be drafted,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

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The Chief Secretary has constituted a committee of four officers, including Principal Secretaries of Urban Development and Health, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board and Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, to draft the policy.

“Accordingly, the committee after consultation with all stakeholders drafted the policy keeping in mind concerns of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) and Supreme Court such as stop the use of perennially installed semi-permanent pandals, nuisance of parking on outside road of the venue, safety of guests and general public, stop the misuse of scarce resources like water and stop any kind of pollution or degradation of Environment,” the official said. (IANS)