Amid AAP war, CM Kejriwal makes U-turn; says won't be able to fulfill all the promises made to Delhi
New Delhi, Apr 21: He made tall claims to the people during election campaign but Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has now made a U-turn saying it would be great if AAP government fulfills half the promises made in five years.
During electioneering Kejriwal and his party leaders went all guns blazing over BJP for not fulfilling the promises made in its manifesto but now he himself is making such statements. Kejriwal had claimed that he'll make Delhi world class city in 5 years.
Addressing a gathering on the eve of 'Civil Services Day', he also said that his government is trying to evolve a transparent system of rewards and punishment in order to fix responsibility and create competition among officials to improve their efficiency.
"I have a great experience with bureaucrats in the last two months...I today confidently say that when the government was formed, there was nervousness whether they would be able to do or how much they would be able to do or not.
"People have high expectations from us. Public, which praise us, also hurl shoes in five years. But, today I have confidence that within next five years, if we don't able to deliver 100 per cent promises, we will at least achieve 40 to 50 per cent promises which would not be bad," Kejriwal said.
He said in order to deliver good governance, there is need to create competition among bureaucrats to improve their work efficiency.
"There should be competition and accountability among bureaucrats and in view of this, we are trying to evolve transparent system of rewards and punishment in the government," he said.
Government has also decided to encourage bureaucrats by introducing incentive schemes for them.
"For instance, if any officer meets his fund targets and generates extra funds, he and his team will be rewarded with incentive. Besides officers, we will also involve market associations in this scheme. If any market association gives us extra tax collection. Out of extra tax collections, we will spend 10 per cent fund as per their demands," he said.
The Chief Minister also sought partnership with officers to collectively deliver good governance in Delhi.
He said his aspiration from the bureaucracy is of a systemic change and though it has become a fashion to berate the bureaucracy for all ills, the root cause of main problems plaguing the country was bad politics.
Kejriwal also noted that there are a lot of good individuals in the bureaucracy, but despite that, governance has not improved.
Speaking at a panel discussion on 'Indian Civil Services - Challenges and Opportunities' here, Kejriwal said his government has also planned to use technology in various sectors on a large scale. "In water, solid waste management, education, roads, sanitation and health sectors, we will soon use technology on a large scale," Kejriwal said.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) received a historic mandate in Delhi owing to promises it made to people of Delhi and now the CM is hinting that his government won't be able to fulfill all of them in the stipulated 5-years-term. Thus, it would be interesting to see how people of Delhi will react to his U-turn.
(With inputs from PTI)