After being called a bully by apex court, AAP govt sets up task force

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said though it was the MCDs’ job to collect and dispose garbage, the government looked at it as an “opportunity”.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 23, 2016 1:12 am
Kejriwal, Arvind Kejriwal, aap, aam aadmi party, delhi government, delhi garbage, delhi garbage disposal, delhi waste, delhi waste disposal, delhi news, india news The Supreme Court had pulled up the government over the garbage mounds near landfill sites and described the
situation as ‘alarming’. (Source: Express photo by Amit Mehra)

A day after the Supreme Court told the Delhi government to stop being a ‘bully’ by blaming others for garbage collection and disposal in the capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said though it was the MCDs’ job to collect and dispose garbage, the government looked at it as an “opportunity”.

“The Supreme Court made certain observations about garbage collection and disposal. Though it is the job of the MCDs, not the Delhi government, we look at this as an opportunity. We have decided to form a ministerial task force which will talk to all stakeholders, including MCD commissioners. The task force, led by minister Satyendar Jain, will also include ministers Imran Hussein and Kapil Mishra,” said Kejriwal.

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The move was part of a slew of decisions taken by the Delhi cabinet Saturday morning. Kejriwal added that with the Supreme Court monitoring the issue, it will help the government overcome many obstacles.

The three-member task force will submit its report to the apex court on November 10.

“The task force will also apprise the Supreme Court in case it faces any hurdle in meeting the challenge of solid waste management. The task force will also consider solutions to tackle air pollution and will start implementing concrete measures as soon as possible,” said a government official.

On Friday, the Supreme Court had told the Delhi government that it cannot shy away from its responsibilities of sensitising the people. Pulling up the government over garbage mounds near landfill sites that stood at “more than half the height of Qutub Minar”, the Supreme Court described the situation as “alarming”.

The court had said that Delhi’s MLAs would have to start putting their own house in order and directed the MLAs of Okhla, Bhalaswa and Ghazipur to attend a meeting, to be called by the Delhi Chief Secretary, to deliberate on issues of solid waste management, including the segregation of garbage.

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    Rajdeep Singh
    Oct 23, 2016 at 6:49 am
    AAP IS DOING THE MOST PRUDENT THING BY REALISING ITS RESPONSIBILITIES. THEY ARE ANSWERABLE TO DELHI PEOPLE.. AGREED CLEANING DELHI IS PRIMARILY MCD JOB, BUT THEY MUST DO THEIR PART. PEOPLE WILL JUDGE THEM BY THEIR ACTIONS NOT WORDS. THEY ARE INDEED FACING VERY HOSTILE CENTRE AND MCD. BUT SOMETIMES BEING SILENT AND GIVING THE BEST WILL SHOW THEM BEST IN THE EYES OF DELHI PEOPLE WHO REPOSED SO MUCH FAITH IN THEM.
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    lohit joshi
    Oct 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    AAP is one of the worst government so far in the history of India. Kejriwal is biggest lier of all... He is corrupt and fraud... AAP is filled with foolish people....Shame on them
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