Monday, 22 July 2013

BJP delegation meets LG, demand high level probe in schemes for poor, action against Corrupt Cong. Govt.

  • Money meant for JJ clusters siphoned off under patronage of Congress government: Goel
  •  Delhi govt. made false promises to poor, now fudging data to cover tracks
  • BJP to organise massive rally of Jhuggi Jhopri dwellers on 4 August

New Delhi, July 22. A delegation led by Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel today met the newly appointed Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Najeeb Jung today and handed him a memorandum concerning complete collapse of governance of the city. The delegation comprised all three Mayors, BJP general secretaries Smt Shikha Rai and Sh. Ramesh Bidhuri and other senior BJP leaders including former Delhi BJP President Sh. Mangeram Garg.

Shri Goel expressed deep concern over the way the poor and the residents of JJ clusters have been treated over the last 15 years of Congress rule. To highlight the issues concerning Jhuggi Jhopri dwellers, the party will be organising a massive rally on 4 August, he informed.

Addressing a press conference after meeting with the LG, Sh. Goel said, “The LG agreed with our proposition that an immediate relaxation in cut off or some other preference formula can be implemented in colleges of Delhi government in the DU. We have urged him to push this issue with Delhi government who has failed to perform its task of providing affordable higher education to all students passing out of Delhi schools.”

“Another important issue which we have taken up with the LG is the state of urban poor in the city, especially the JJ clusters. None of the schemes meant for them has delivered any benefit on the ground and we have demanded a high level probe into these schemes where money is meant for the poor is being siphoned off,” Sh. Goel added.

Sh. Vijay Goel said, “From Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojana to the PDS schemes, the resources allocated for the poor are being robbed off under the patronage of Congress government. The result is visible on the ground with drastic deterioration in living conditions for the poor.”

Sh. Goel said, the biggest evidence of siphoning of money from the schemes meant for JJ clusters is the fact that their condition has worsened over the last 15 years. The Planning Commission in a 2011 document has clearly said about JJ clusters in Delhi that—

  • Around 70 per cent JJ clusters are not covered by the Delhi Administration when it comes to providing toilets.
  •  More than 55 per cent of JJ clusters do not get regular water supply from Delhi Jal Board
  • 83 per cent of the slums do not have basic infrastructure and services like bus stand, roads, schools and colleges.
  •  More than 65 per cent JJ clusters are plagued by serious law and order problems including eve teasing

Add to the above mentioned facts the fact that the much talked about low cost housing schemes for JJ clusters have failed to take off. The CM had announced building 60,000 low cost flats under Rajiv Ratan Awas but only about 14, 000 could be built (are in various stages of construction). No houses have been allotted under this scheme so far.

Similarly DSIIDC announced building 7000 dwelling units for industrial labourers in 2007, but only about 1500 units built in Bawana and Narela areas have been constructed till date.

In Commonweath games, thousands of Jhuggi dwellere were uprooted withour being provided alternative polts. The BJP would like to ask what happened to the houses for Jhuggi dwellers whose foundation was laid prior to previous assembly polls in kathputli Colony, Kusumpur Pahadi(Vasant Vihar) and Kalkaji by senior Congress leaders like Ajay Maken and Subhash Chopra.

The PDS meant to provide cheap rations for JJ clusters has collapsed. For more than 17 lakh ration cards in the city, there are less than 2500 Fair Price shops. The Dilli Annashree Yojana, started with much fanfare in December 2012 has failed to cater to even 8000 families while the government is blatantly lying by claiming on paper more than one lakh beneficiaries. The Annapurna yojana for the destitute has only 72 beneficiaries so far!

The BPL ration card holders are hardly getting rations. Various surveys and reports have pointed out that rations meant for the poor are being pilfered. There is no attempt to weed out fake ration cards. No new ration cards are made for the poor. Only less than one LPG connections have been provided to the poor ration card holders and the rest of them are compelled to buy LPG cylinders from open market at the rate of Rs 120/Kg. They are not being provided with Kerosene oil on ration cards any more leaving little to their choice.

“The BJP will provide LPG cylinders of 4kg at highly subsidised rates to the poor,” said Sh. Goel.

The JJ dwellers are charged with huge electricity bills ranging from Rs 1000 to Rs 4000 every month. The “Basti Vikas Kendras” set up by the BJP in the JJ clusters have been shut down by the Congress government.

“When the BJP will come to power, the party will provide power to all JJ dwellers through “single point scheme.” They will be provided affordable houses within fixed time frame. A special plan will be prepared to upgrade the provision of basic amenities,” said Sh. Goel.

The delegation submitted 10 point demand before the Lt. Governor, which are as follows :-

  • Rajiv Ratan Aawas Yojna be implemented soon.
  • Construction of houses for JJ dwellers be started soon in Kathputli Colony, Kushum Pur Pahari and Kalkaji. 
  • Construction of Hospitals on the plots allotted by the government be started soon and treatment of patients in super specialty hospitals at Janakpuri and Tahir Pur be started immediately.
  •  New Collages be opend in Delhi to provide higher education and all the vacant posts of teacher be filled as soon as possible.
  •  Free hold rights be granted to the residents of rehabilitation colonies.
  •  New ration cards under PDS not being issued for the last 15 years and 16 lakhs card holders not being issued ration. Immediate action be taken in this regard.
  •  Ration should be issued to the poor people under Annashri Yojna.
  •  Food Security Bill is only to mislead the people. All the APL and BPL card holders be provided ration.
  •  Power theft has gone down from 55% to 15%, hence power tariff be reduced. 
  •  Water supply be increased to 1050 MGD and 10% automatic increase in water charges be withdrawn. 

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