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Govt planning vending machines for PDS wheat,rice,says Sheila

Promises to iron out PDS problems,requests voters to not be misled by opposition parties.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi |
November 18, 2013 4:54:48 am

Even as AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi praised her efforts in improving Delhi’s infrastructure at a public rally in Delhi on Sunday,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit outlined her plans for the national capital if elected to power for a fourth consecutive term.

In her address on Sunday,Dikshit promised vending machines which would be similar to Mother Dairy milk outlets but would dispense food grains.

“Sometimes it is difficult for people to get their quota of grains from public distribution system (PDS) outlets,where things are available in less quantity or not at all. We hope to to install vending machines for wheat,rice and pulses at PDS shops. (These will be) like Mother Dairy outlets,where people get milk through tokens,” Dikshit said.

According to the CM,the Congress has worked hard for 15 years to lay a strong foundation for the future. “Our accomplishments and achievements are an open book. Our government will strive to double Delhi’s per capita income in the next five years. If people earn Rs 2 lakh every year now,we will work to see that it becomes Rs 4-5 lakh,” Dikshit said.

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Dikshit also referred to hawkers in the city — promising them a special zone — and stressed on the need to build more toilets. “We will construct zones for hawkers so that they can run their businesses and police or MCD do not harass them. There is also a scarcity of toilets in Delhi and we will construct toilets in every constituency,with at least 20 in each of them reserved for women,” she said.

The CM also took on the BJP and the AAP,requesting voters to not be misled.

“The principal opposition party has nothing to talk about other than corruption. They level allegations without any proof. The BJP has been making false promises and have incited traders to increase inflation,” Dikshit claimed.

She added that the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate,Harsh Vardhan,made false promises about ensuring women’s safety.

Referring to the AAP,Dikshit said the party had no political vision. “We have to look at their fund collection measures. Even the highest courts have expressed concern over this,” Dikshit said.

AICC general secretary in-charge of Delhi,Shakeel Ahmed,backed the CM and claimed that the BJP banked on misinformation and untruth. He also alleged that the BJP had a secret understanding with the AAP.

“The AAP has withdrawn its strong candidate against Dr Harsh Vardhan to provide him a safe passage,” Ahmed claimed.

He added that adopting the Gujarat development model would take Delhi in reverse gear. “Gujarat is far behind Delhi as far as PCI and other development parameters are concerned,” he said.

MLA Subhash Chopra to head Cong campaign committee

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has approved the campaign committee for the Delhi Assembly elections,which will oversee the party’s strategy till elections on December 4. While Kalkaji MLA Subhash Chopra will chair the committee,West Delhi MP Mahabal Mishra was appointed the convener. Members of the committee include Delhi Congress president J P Agarwal,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,AICC general secretary Ajay Maken,MPs Sandeep Dikshit,Krishna Tirath,Parvesh Hashmi,Sajjan Kumar,Jagdish Tytler and Janardan Dwivedi. Delhi MLAs Arvinder Singh Lovely,Raj Kumar Chouhan,Haroon Yusuf,A K Walia and Naseeb Singh have also been included in the committee of 87 members. “We will hold a meeting of the committee within the next few days to discuss and decide our strategy for the elections,” Chopra said.

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