New Delhi area to enjoy benefit of free water scheme, govt to refund residents’ bills

Water bills paid by residents of New Delhi area after that date will be refunded to them and the Delhi government will pay the necessary subsidy, Arvind Kejriwal said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 23, 2016 2:30 am
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Saturday announced that the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area, the only part of Delhi that does not receive free water supply upto 20,000 litres a month, will avail of the Delhi Jal Board’s (DJB’s) scheme retroactively.

Kejriwal, the MLA of New Delhi constituency, said the water scheme will be applicable in NDMC areas from the date
it was implemented in the rest of the capital. Water bills paid by residents of New Delhi area after that date will be refunded to them and the Delhi government will pay the necessary subsidy, he said.

After the AAP’s landslide victory in February 2015, the Kejriwal government had announced that free water, up to 20,000 litres, would be provided to every household in Delhi. However, the scheme could not be implemented in New Delhi area as it falls under the jurisdiction of the NDMC.

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The Delhi Cabinet, led by Kejriwal, also took a slew of other decisions Saturday. Kejriwal announced that the Delhi government had sought proposals regarding regularisation of contractual employees from all departments. While the regularisation of guest teachers in government schools was started on a trial basis, the Chief Minister said the process will extend to all government departments.

“Last year, the Delhi Cabinet had decided to formulate a policy to regularise contractual employees of all departments. To begin with, the education department had prepared a proposal in this regard and it was sent to the Lieutenant Governor for his approval. However, the Lt Governor has not given his approval so far,” he said.

The Chief Minister added, “We have directed all departments to send their proposals by November 15 so that the government can take a decision on all proposals together.”

It is estimated that over 50,000 contractual employees work in various departments of the Delhi government.

The Cabinet also approved the health department’s proposal to set-up more Mohalla Clinics in Delhi.

Kejriwal directed Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain to convene a meeting of all the ministers to identify land available within departments of the Delhi government, where new Mohalla Clinics can be set-up without any difficulty.

In addition, the cabinet has also decided to improve the condition of about 180 chhath puja ghats in the next one year and ensure there are pucca (permanent) ghats before the next chhath puja.

The cabinet also decided to increase the bed capacity of an under-construction hospital at Ambedkar Nagar (Dakshinpuri) from 200 to 600 beds. The estimated cost of setting up this hospital has been revised to Rs 180 crore.