RWAs role crucial for services in proposed regularized colonies:CM

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New Delhi, Dec 17 (UNI) Delhi chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the role of RWAs would be crucial in providing basic civic facilities in the proposed regularised colonies.

Delivering her valedictory address on the last day of six-day Diamond Jubilee workshops under the Bhagidari initiative, the Chief Minister said the credit of successful implementation of Government's schemes and programmes goes to the citizen-Government partnership under the Bhagidari programme.

''RWAs have been undertaking development projects as per local requirements under the 'My Delhi I Care Fund',''Ms Dikshit said.

She said the cooperation, guidance and concerted consultation of RWAs would be imminent in extending civic services and community services in proposed regularized colonies.

The Chief Minister said her government was committed to give prominence to the views of RWAs in this field and it expected their cooperation in functioning of the proposed taskforce and special action plan in this regard.

''Lakhs of people have been putting up in unauthorized colonies and slums only because of certain compulsions. The regularization of these colonies is on the cards as the city-government and the Union Government have been making concerted and sincere efforts,''Ms Dikshit said.

Ms Dikshit exhorted all RWAs to make full utilization of 'My Delhi I Care Fund' since it is a most feasible and easy medium to get development works completed at the grassroots level i.e. in Galis, Mohallas and Bastis.

During the last 20 months, 107 development projects have been initiated with an amount of Rs 2.27 crore through 'My Delhi I Care' Fund.

Describing the Bhagidari Movement as a silent revolution, which has provided a unique recognition to the Capital city, the Chief Minister said,''it has helped to establish more transparency and accountability during the last eight years with citizen-Government active partnership in different fields.

Women self groups, Vidyalaya Kalyan Samitis and Eco clubs have been constituted to provide extension to the Bhagidari initiative.

Bhagidari movement has not only earned a respectable place in the hearts and minds of the people but has provided fresh self-confidence to the common man, Ms Dikshit said.

She announced that a special campaign would be launched next year to turn all parks safe and green under Bhagidari initiative keeping in view health aspects of children and all citizens.

Civic clubs would be made functional in all schools in Delhi to make children good citizen and develop ettiquates in due course.

She described civic clubs as an important extension of scope of Bhagidari, which would provide new recognition to the Bhagidari movement.

This would also facilitate conservation of energy and water in Delhi.

Present at the concluding session were state Industries Minister Mangat Ram Singhal, MP Sandeep Dikshit and a number of MLAs.

311 citizen groups participated in six-day long Diamond Jubilee Bhagidari Workshops, which were organized for all nine districts.


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