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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Taking a tough stand against the corrupt corporates, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has shelved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) with Delhi Jal Board to launch 100 water dispensing units in JJ Clusters (slums in Delhi) and re-settlement colonies.

The sources from the state government stated that it has decided to put the agreement on hold “as it does not want to do business with a firm against which the government has initiated CAG audit,” reported a newspaper.

Earlier this year during President’s rule, Delhi Jal Board had come together with TPDDL to install reverse osmosis (RO) systems with water dispensing units in North and West Delhi. The mandate of the MoU was signed as a corporate social responsibility initiative. It aimed at providing safe and drinkable water through 100 RO plants with Any Time Water (ATW) dispensing systems in the next three years.

Selling clean water to residents in JJ clusters and re-settlement colonies does not match with the fundamentals of the Aam Aadmi Party’s vision of giving free water to meet their basic needs, said a senior official.

It is notable that the first AAP government in January 2014 had instructed for CAG audit of the finances of the three power companies: Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd., BSES Yamuna Power Ltd. and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd.

Recently, AAP had announced to work as a team with the state government to amplify its effort to eradicate corruption. It has started to work on the blueprint and a broad strategy to tackle graft at every level.

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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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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.

Narendra Modi
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)