POLITICS OVER WORK – Delhi-Centre Tussle Hits PM’s Big Schemes in NCR

Delhi has been cold shouldering almost all big urban development initiatives of Modi
The political tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government seems to have hit the implementation of the Centre’s flagship programmes. Delhi has been cold-shouldering almost all big-ticket urban development initiatives including Swachh Bharat Mission, Atal Mission for Re j u ve n a t i o n a n d U r b a n Transformation (AMRUT) and Housing for All.

Sample this: Delhi has not built a single household toilet over the last two years under Swachh Bharat Mission. The target for the cleanliness mission for Delhi is 1.25 lakh individual household toilets till 2019. Under community and public toilets, the city has built 7,088 against a target of 19,559 toilets. A senior urban development ministry official told ET: “These targets have not been set by the ministry unilaterally .These were set by Delhi government in consultation with the urban development ministry .“

AMRUT, which envisages urban renewal in 500 cities across India, remains another untapped opportunity for Delhi. In 2015-16 financial year, Delhi sent its state annual action plan (SAAP) for approval to the ministry in March 2016, the last month of the fiscal. Even in the current financial year, Delhi was the last state to submit its action plan. The SAAP for Delhi was submitted last week after at least four reminders from the ministry . According to a source this plan was unacceptable as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal-led state-level high powered committee had not approved it. Another senior official said, “The proposals were hurriedly sent to the min istry and the basic formality of getting it cleared from the state high powered committee was not fulfilled. Now we are sending it back to the Delhi government.“ So far, the ministry has cleared water supply and sewerage proposals worth `25,000 crore. Despite repeated attempts, the Delhi government refused to comment.

Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the housing for all initiative, Delhi government has not sent a single proposal. The statistics of the Ministry of Housing And Urban Poverty Alleviation show that the programme is being implemented even by non-BJP states.

State Can’t Hold People Hostage

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government should deliver on government programmes that are beneficial to the people of the national capital region such as those related to urban development and sanitation. The administration cannot hold the people of the capital hostage due to its political differences with the central government. It should take a cue from the other 28 states and focus on its administrative responsibilities.

Source: Economic Times
Dated: 28th October 2016

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