Clash likely between Modi-Kejriwal Govt? AAP talks of controlling Traffic Police

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New Delhi, Feb 18: The new AAP government in Delhi has said that it will try to bring the Traffic Police under its ambit to improve the traffic situation in the national capital. This move by the Kejriwal led governemt could once again reignite the debate over who should control the Delhi Police.

The erstwhile Congress government led by Sheila Dikshit had also made efforts to assume control over the police which comes under the Union Home Ministry during her 15-year-long rule but without success.

Clash likely between Modi-Kejriwal Govt? AAP talks of controlling Traffic Police
"We will make efforts to bring Traffic Police under the Delhi government's ambit," Transport Minister Gopal Rai said here. Noting that finding a solution to Delhi's traffic woes was among the government's priorities, he said that this step will help better manage the city's traffic.

"I have called a meeting of senior Traffic Police officials on Friday in which we will discuss ways of managing the traffic problem," Rai said. According to the government, it will also study good traffic systems and replicate these in Delhi so that people's don't have to face problems due to poor traffic management here.

On complaints of drivers of e-rickshaws after these vehicles came under the ambit of Motor Vehicles Act, he said, "We have set up a 7-member committee of AAP's volunteers to look into the issue. If need be, we will approach the Centre."

The government has also plans to open a skill development centre to train unskilled people to enable them to earn their livelihood. "My second priority will be to provide employment to the unskilled class. I have plans to open a skill development centre where people can be trained in different fields," Rai said.

Before this, delivering on its poll promise, the AAP government had put a restriction on termination of services of any contractual employee till a thorough review of the issue was completed. This move will benefit around one lakh employees.

"Services of any contractual employee should not be terminated or stopped till further orders," said the brief government order issued to various departments. Sources said contractual employees whose contractual term was nearing completion would also benefit as they will be allowed to continue in service.

Delhi government was in the process of carrying out a thorough review of the issue of contractual employees to finalise a policy framework, the sources said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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