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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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New Survey Indicates, Indians Worry About Terrorism, Unemployment And Corruption The Most

"At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction," the findings showed.

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The "What Worries the World Global Survey" by global market research firm Ipsos showed that 45 per cent of Indians are most worried about terrorism, 44 per cent about unemployment and jobs and 42 per cent about financial and political corruption. Pixabay

 As the country entered the seven-phase voting from April 11, a new survey said on Monday that Indians are most worried about terrorism, followed by unemployment and corruption.

The “What Worries the World Global Survey” by global market research firm Ipsos showed that 45 per cent of Indians are most worried about terrorism, 44 per cent about unemployment and jobs and 42 per cent about financial and political corruption.

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India, however, bucked the global trend of pessimism where 22 countries out of the total of the 28 markets covered in the survey felt their country is on the wrong track. Pixabay

Apart from these issues, a significant number of Indians are also concerned about crime and violence (33 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29 per cent).

“Pulwama terror strike has propelled terrorism to the fore. It was way down in the pecking order in the past waves. Terrorism is bothering Indians most. Likewise, lack of jobs is weighing on the minds of Indians and government,” said Parijat Chakraborty, Service Line Leader, Ipsos Public Affairs, Customer Experience and Corporate Reputation.

“Similarly, more concrete steps are needed for tackling corruption. While strategies are being formulated by the government to address them, our survey shows that Indians are preoccupied with concerns around these macro issues and will like them to be mitigated,” Chakraborty added.

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Meanwhile China (94 per cent) inspires the most confidence about its national direction as 9 in 10 Chinese citizens say that the country is moving in the right direction. Pixabay

India, however, bucked the global trend of pessimism where 22 countries out of the total of the 28 markets covered in the survey felt their country is on the wrong track.

“At least 73 per cent Indians are optimistic that as a nation we are headed in the right direction. The global average paints a dismal image, where the majority (58 per cent) feels that they are headed in the wrong direction,” the findings showed.

Meanwhile China (94 per cent) inspires the most confidence about its national direction as 9 in 10 Chinese citizens say that the country is moving in the right direction.

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Saudi Arabia is in the second place (84 per cent), followed by India (73 per cent) and Malaysia (57 per cent).

The survey was conducted in 28 countries where 20,019 interviews were conducted between February 22-March 8. (IANS)