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Kejriwal Defends Action against Jal Board Officials

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday defended the transfer of 798 Delhi Jal Board officials saying tanker drivers of the Board had in the past colluded with the private water tanker mafia.

Published: 10th January 2014 07:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th January 2014 04:08 PM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday defended the transfer of 798 Delhi Jal Board officials saying tanker drivers of the Board had in the past colluded with the private water tanker mafia.

“Money was being charged for water which was supposed to be provided free of cost. We found that drivers of these trucks had not been transferred for the past 10 years, which helped them build a nexus with tanker mafia. Hence, we transferred 798 Delhi Jal Board officials, most of them drivers,” Kejriwal said.

The CM said the state government would upload the names and numbers of truck drivers of the DJB on its website along with the time at which a water tanker is supposed to reach a particular area.

Kejriwal said that he had asked electricity distribution companies in Delhi to give data of all scheduled and unscheduled power cuts in the past past one month.

Though NDPL had given the records, other companies were yet to reply.

Henceforth, companies would upload a list of all scheduled power cuts in their websites.

If a power cut happens at times other than the scheduled power cuts, then people can seek explanation from the company. The companies will be penalised if any malafide act is detected, he said.

Kejriwal said the government constituted a high power committee under the chairmanship of Delhi Chief Secretary to give the final touch to the Jan Lok Pal Bill, which will be produced before the people of Delhi for approval.

Senior IAS officer S K Srivastava on Thursday assumed charge as Chief Secretary of Delhi government. Srivastava succeeded D Spolia. A 1980 batch IAS officer of AGMU cadre, Srivastava was posted as additional secretary and financial adviser with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He had served as the Goa chief secretary and as the vice-chairman of Delhi Development Authority.

With the Opposition BJP demanding action against former CM Sheila Dikshit for the alleged corruption in Common Wealth Games, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said he was against vindictive politics. 

Meanwhile, the BJP said that it will protest against the ‘anti-national and anti-people’ policies of the AAP.



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