Sunday no bar,govt stays in work mode

Sunday no bar,govt stays in work mode

People flock to CM’s house with problems,Health minister continues surprise checks

Just a day after he assumed office as Delhi’s Chief Minister,Arvind Kejriwal was besieged by people on Sunday who travelled to his residence at Kaushambi,Ghaziabad,asking him to look into their problems. Faced with close to 200 visitors,most of whom were DTC workers,Kejriwal pacified the crowds and asked for “seven to 10 days” to look into their problems.

“I don’t want to take your complaints,and then be in a situation where I cannot do anything about them. That is not right. So I request you all to give me some time so I can get proper systems up and running. I hope you will come back in seven to 10 days and all your complaints will be received at that time,” Kejriwal said,emerging out of his house in Girnar Apartments in the morning.

Party sources said extra security personnel had been called in for crowd management outside the CM’s residence. While Delhi Police personnel manned the apartment premises,the Ghaziabad police concentrated on traffic.

For most part of the day,his residence was a beehive of activity. Despite being a non-functioning day for the Delhi government,Girnar Apartments saw several government officials visiting.


He was also called upon by former Samajwadi Party leader Kamal Farooqui,who was escorted by party leader Sanjay Singh. Asked if he intended to join the AAP,Farooqui said,“There is a wave in the country and right now we are in discussions. If I were to join (the party),it will be revealed to you in the next few days.”

The largest contingent of visitors were from the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). “We have been working for the DTC for more than five years,and we still don’t have permanent jobs. We work under very low wages,and we believe that Arvind Kejriwal will help us,” Saurabh Singh said.

Later in the evening,Manish Sisodia,Education and PWD minister,also visited the Kaushambi residence and met the CM.

Meanwhile,Health minister Satyendra Jain continued his surprise visits of government hospitals on the second day of assuming office on Sunday,making his presence felt at the Sushruta Trauma Centre,Bara Hindurao and Aruna Asaf Ali hospitals.

After one of his rounds,Jain told Newsline he had set up committees for hospitals he had visited,Sushruta Trauma Centre in particular,where five ICU patients lost their lives last year after the oxygen supply was accidentally cut off.

“I am setting up committees to identify more problems and monitor ongoing work. At the Sushruta Trauma Centre,the team will be looking at sanitation and will review the oxygen supply system,” Jain said.

On Saturday,Jain visited Lok Nayak and Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospitals,the nodal accident and trauma units in Central and North Delhi.

On Sunday,Jain visited smaller hospitals in the same areas that provide secondary and tertiary care. “I started visiting hospitals in the evening when they are run with skeletal staff. I concentrated on high pressure areas such as emergency and major wards. I spoke to patients and resident doctors on duty. No prior intimation of my visists were given to senior administrative authorities,” he said.