AAP takes poll position: Education and healthcare to get top priority

The party said it would hold dialogues in constituencies to identify issues related to these sectors.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 9, 2015 2:40:35 am

Placing healthcare and education on top of its agenda for Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday announced its blueprint for tackling issues related to these two sectors.

Promising free ambulances and health cards to a substantial increase in expenditure on health and education, the party said it would hold dialogues in constituencies to identify issues related to these sectors.

Addressing mediapersons, AAP leader Ashish Khetan said, “Meetings with RWAs will be held to discuss issues regarding health and education. In all 70 Assembly constituencies, candidates will hold Dialogues.”

Senior AAP leaders will hold meetings in 16 Assembly constituencies in the next 10 days in addition to the meetings being organised by Assembly candidates.

Listing the measures the AAP plans to take to improve healthcare, Khetan said, “The number of beds in secondary and tertiary hospitals will be increased from the existing 10,600 to 40,000, including 4,000 specialist maternity beds… A 24-hour helpline manned by qualified staff will be set up at every government hospital and health cards will be issued to all residents to ensure efficient delivery of health services.”

Moreover, the AAP plans to increase expenditure on healthcare from Rs 2,700 crore to Rs 4,000 crore, while the share of expenditure on education will see a 20 per cent rise.

Khetan said if the AAP forms the government, 500 new schools, 20 colleges and 900 primary health centres will be opened in the capital.

The party plans to improve teaching standards in government schools, hire more teachers and increase their salaries.

“Construction of toilets and high-quality infrastructure will be emphasised. This will curb the biggest reason for dropout, especially of girls,” the party said.

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