Two days after the swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan, the Delhi Secretariat on Monday will witness the first working day and a likely Cabinet meeting of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government under Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his council of ministers.
While the AAP government had already asked departments to work on the party’s 70-point action plan for the city, officials are expected to give presentations on Thursday on how these plans can be implemented.
Taking steps to ensure women’s security by deploying marshals in every bus and installing CCTVs across the city, reducing power bills by half, providing 700 litres of free water to every household and curbing inflation are among the top priorities of the new Delhi government.
Elaborating on the measures that his government will take, Finance and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said, “Education is in a very bad condition in Delhi. Most government schools are in a very bad condition. People consider it shameful to send their children to a government school because of the quality of education. I want to take education in government schools to a stage where it becomes a status symbol if your child goes to a government school.”
Listing other priorities, he said, “Lack of drinking water and proper sewer lines are other major issues. So is women’s security.”
Minister of Women and Child Development Sandeep Kumar said women’s security would be the main priority for him. “We will be conducting surveys, reaching out to women across the different Assemblies in Delhi to try and hear about their problems. Our volunteers will be conducting surveys and we’ll also ask women to write to us. This is the first step and it should be completed in the next two weeks,” he said.
Kumar added that the AAP’s manifesto promise of installing CCTV cameras across the city will be an important aspect of the new government’s plan.