Friday, 2 August 2013

BJP unveils agenda for JJ clusters, promise single point electricity scheme, ration cards, sewage, better law and order

New Delhi, August 2 : In run up to its upcoming historic rally of JJ clusters on August 4, the Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party today unveiled its agenda for more than 2.2 million residents of Jhuggi-Jhopri clusters in the city by announcing that party will implement a slew of welfare measures for them when it comes to power.

The “Agenda for JJ Clusters” was released on Friday by Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel and BJP National General Secretary Shri Dharmendra Pradhan at a press conference held at Delhi BJP office. On this occasion Shri Subhash Sachdeva, Shri Karan Singh Tanwar, Shri Abhay Verma, Shri Jai Prakash (JP), Ms. Pinky Anand and Shri Madhav Prasad were also present.

Addressing a press conference today, the Delhi BJP President Shri Vijay Goel said that the BJP will provide house to every JJ household through PPP model. A single point connection of electricity will be provided to the residents. Their ration cards will be made. Basti Vikas kendras will be restarted. Regular supply of water and proper sewage system will be ensured. Special police booths will be provided in view of the law and order issues, especially to check the large number of children going missing.

Shri Goel said, “The Congress government has not done anything for the JJ clusters during the last 15 years. The result is that such large section of the population has to live in inhumane condition.”

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 Shri 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 Shri Goel.

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