Direct Citizens Feedback: AAP ministers take stock of government facilities
The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government launched a 'Direct Citizens Feedback' initiative on Tuesday. Eying a tough BJP fight in Delhi Assembly elections ahead, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ordered his ministers to visit different areas and seek feedback from Delhiites. The ministers took stock of schools, hospitals, public dealing offices and other facilities.
Deputy Chief Minister & Education Minister Manish Sisodia visited the Government Boys Senior Secondary School in Prashant Vihar to take stock of the under-construction classrooms. "I'm confident that 13,003 new rooms in Delhi's government schools, announced by the CM, will be ready this year," Sisodiya said.
Sisodia gave instructions that the construction of classrooms be completed by September-November, even if it meant employing more workers for the task. He took stock of the vacant space and envisaged how the number of students can be increased.
He also asked the Deputy Director of Education to keep a visual record on day-to-day basis and ensure that he is informed if the work stops or slows down even for a day.
Health Minister Satyendra Jain visited the GTB Hospital in Dilshad Garden. During the visit, Jain met patients and asked their problems.
He also asked the administration to ensure cleanliness. The Delhi government had launched a dance therapy for patients in the hospital.
When asked about the implementation of the Modi government's Ayushman Bharat scheme, Jain replied, "We are not going to do it." "What will be done by implementing it in Delhi? The population of Delhi is 2 crore, and that scheme is for 10 lakh people.
We are not going to do it. We want to treat the entire population. We will not play such a 'pick-and-choose' tactic. We will treat everyone equally, be it a poor man or a rich person. And we will treat every citizen of Delhi," he said.
Labour Minister Gopal Rai conducted a surprise visit to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital, which is plagued by the problem of non-payment of salaries to its employees.
"Today, the inspection has shown that due to the code of conduct, employees have not gotten their salaries for the last three months. I have given the hospital administration and the director three days time. If all the files related to salaries are not passed within the next three days, then strict action will be taken against the concerned officials," Gopal Rai told India Today.
At least 51 data entry operators in the OPD of the LNJP Hospital have not received their salaries from last three months.
A data entry operator told India Today that he hasn't been getting his salary on time for the last eight years. The operator said that they do not complain as they fear of being sacked.
He also directed the hospital authorities to ensure that all the contractual employees get salaries as per minimum wages notified by the government.
Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot visited the Sarai Kale Khan transport authority around 12 pm.
During the visit Gahlot interacted with the public, mostly women to know more about the problems they were facing.
One of the auto driver complained that he had been visiting the authority from last three days. Gahlot immediately asked the official responsible to provide a report on the delay.
Minister for Social Welfare Rajendra Pal Gautam visited the Asha Kiran home for inaugurating two newly-constructed dormitories in men's wing.
The two new dormitories, which were constructed in the complex after demolishing the staff quarters, have been constructed to decongest the overcrowded facility.