Lt Governor Anil Baijal has sent back to the Delhi government its proposal for doorstep delivery of public services for reconsideration, with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. "LG says digitisation enough".
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today alleged that the BJP was using the office of the Lieutenant Governor to obstruct in the works of the Delhi government, a day after Anil Baijal shot down its ambitious proposal to "home deliver" basic public services. Under the scheme, the Delhi government had chose to provide over 40 government services ranging from the grant of water connection to marriage certificates at people's doorway.More news: Israeli chess players barred at Chess tournament in Saudi Arabia
The Delhi Cabinet in a meeting in November had approved the proposal which sought to ensure that applicants instead of visiting government offices were able to call a centralised helpline which would dispatch a "mobile sahayak" or helper to assist them.
"LG rejects proposal of doorstep delivery of 40 government services like caste-birth-address certificates, licences, social welfare schemes, pensions, registrations, etc. LG sends it back for reconsideration". Yet, long queues in offices.More news: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) Coverage Initiated at Credit Suisse Group
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a series of tweets, slammed the suggestion of the LG. The announcement was seen as a people friendly decision by many. In the phonographic, Sisodia alleges that the LG has taken the decision without knowing the ground reality and also said that this decision raises serious "constitutional concerns". Pointing that the scheme was welcomed by all sections of the society, Sisodia termed by move by the Delhi L-G as a "huge setback" in the AAP government's "efforts to provide good and corruption free governance". "The present model would also cost the government and the residents as the government would have to pay service charges and the people would have to pay facilitation charges, as per the proposal", Raj Niwas quoted the L-G as having observed. He added that doorstep delivery increases the possibility of corruption, bad behaviour, breach of privacy, and loss of documents, as well as adding unnecessary expenditure for the government and the people.More news: Days of bitter cold ahead for the Midwest