A delegation of Delhi Congress leaders on Monday met Chief Secretary S K Srivastava at the Delhi Secretariat to discuss what they called “the biggest failure of administration” during the tenure of the Aam Aadmi Party government.
The major issues discussed in the meeting were the shutdown of the women’s 181 helpline, which was started after the December 16 gangrape case, old-age pension payments and the Annashree Yojana.
The delegation was led by Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) Chief Arvinder Singh Lovely. He was accompanied by former MLAs Kiran Walia and Asif Ali Khan, MP Ramesh Kumar and MLA Mukesh Sharma.
Expressing anger over the shutdown of the women’s helpline, Lovely said, “Our party has always worked for women and their empowerment. The helpline launched by our party has been shutdown by them (AAP govt). They did not even come up with an alternative.”
Speaking about old-age pensions, Lovely said, “There are approximately 20-40,000 senior citizens doing the rounds of government offices, inquiring after their pensions.”
Walia claimed that the Aam Aadmi Party “wanted to run out of Delhi as they had been cornered by their failures”. However, she said, the Congress still supported the issues taken up by the AAP, including anti-corruption and women’s security. She also claimed that the AAP had disrupted matters, as a result of which several people had not received their pension.
The leaders also criticised the AAP for not implementing the food security policy properly, claiming that the party had been trying to close down the Annashree Yojana launched by the Congress.
“The policy covers at least one lakh people in Delhi. If it is shut down without being implemented properly, the Congress will take to the streets in protest” Sharma said.
Calling it “the biggest failure” Congress leaders said the AAP government had left the city in a lurch and “in an administrative mess”. “We have asked the Chief Secretary to deploy his officers to look into the matter,” Lovely said.
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