Delhi Government on Friday announced setting up of a nine-member commission, to be headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, to implement the 70 promises made by the Aam Aadmi Party in its election manifesto.
A decision to set up the Delhi Dialogue Commission to implement the AAP government’s “vision” for the city was taken at a cabinet meeting presided by the Chief Minister.
The cabinet approved appointment of Ashish Khetan, senior AAP leader, as the vice-chairperson of the commission. Other members of the commission will be Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Chief Secretary, Finance Secretary, secretary to the Chief Minister and a member secretary.
As chairperson of the commission, Kejriwal will nominate two other members to it.
Addressing a press conference, Khaitan said the Delhi Dialogue Commission will aim to provide a unique model of collaborative and inclusive development and will be a bridge between the government and the common man.
“As observed in Delhi in the past two decades, the vested interests of successive governments and their remoteness from their constituents ensured that the most fundamental needs of the people of Delhi have remained unaddressed from issues such as clean drinking water, electricity and affordable housing to sanitation and employment, among others,” a government release said.
The decision to set up the commission came two days after the AAP government announced 50 per cent cut in power tariff for people whose monthly consumption does not exceed 400 units and the free water scheme.
Slashing power tariff and free water were two major poll promises of AAP.
The Commission will constitute separate task groups and committees on various subjects comprising experts, who will provide advice on ways to implement government’s vision about the city.
Separate Task Groups will be formed on air pollution, reviving the Yamuna, women’s safety and empowerment, and e-governance.