Kejriwal Blames Delhi LG “Useless Officer” for Deaths of Homeless

Poverty, pollution, sickness, and hunger are killing people of Delhi. Click here to read the report.
Poverty, pollution, sickness, and hunger are killing people of Delhi. Click here to read the report.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal – who is mostly busy in petty politics instead of governance – has blamed the Lt. Governor (LG) of Delhi Anil Baijal for the deaths.

By Rakesh Raman

As the cold wave has swept Delhi, an estimated 300 people have died during the past one month on the roads of the city as they do not have any place to live.

Media reports suggest that 44 people died in the past 6 days alone while Delhi Government has failed to protect the poor.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal – who is mostly busy in petty politics instead of governance – has blamed the Lt. Governor (LG) of Delhi Anil Baijal for the deaths.

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Kejriwal said today that Baijal has appointed a “useless officer” as the CEO of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) without consulting the Kejriwal government.

DUSIB CEO Shurbir Singh (an IAS officer) is responsible for providing shelter to the homeless. Earlier he was the Registrar Cooperative Societies (RCS) while the RCS office had failed to control crime and corruption in Delhi’s cooperative group housing societies.

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“LG refuses to consult us before appointing officers. How do we run govt like this?” Kejriwal lamented.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari had said that it is really shocking to see that due to callousness of Arvind Kejriwal government there have been unprecedented high numbers of deaths of homeless people on Delhi roads this winter.

LG-AAP Conflict

While this ugly fight between the AAP leaders of Kejriwal’s party and the LG continues, people of Delhi are suffering. Today, Delhi is among the most polluted and the dirtiest cities of the world, corruption is rampant in every street of Delhi while neither the LG office nor Kejriwal government could control it.

Similarly, the education standards – particularly in Delhi schools – are going from bad to worse while LG and Kejriwal have no interest in improving the quality of education.

LG Baijal keeps making armchair policies which are never implemented, while Kejriwal is always busy in politics instead of governance.

Thus, the LG office and Kejriwal’s Delhi Government have made Delhi a virtual hell. The less said about the Municipal Corporations of Delhi, the better.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. Besides working at senior editorial positions with leading media companies, he was writing an exclusive edit-page tech business column (named Technophile) regularly for The Financial Express (a daily business newspaper of The Indian Express Group).

Earlier, he had been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development. He also runs a free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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