Delhi Government sets three-pronged strategy

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Policy talks: A key conference on Delhi’s competitiveness in progress

To set the tone of proceedings, it was Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Delhi State Annual Session and Business Conference on Building Delhi’s Competiveness, when he observed that education and health were the priority for Delhi government.

He said he wanted to set up the cell in coordination with the CII to help people in the organized and semi organized sector to understand Goods and Services Tax (GST). He also emphasized on the importance of skill development.

“Skill centers can be set up and training programmes can be started in the evening hours at various schools in the city, keeping in view the requirements of the industry, he said. Emphasizing on the Public-Private Partnership model he said that “Pollution is a major problem in Delhi, reducing the pollution is the Government’s responsibility as well as an opportunity for industry to expand its operations in the field.”

The Deputy CM talked about the water quality in the city and said that the government is seeking to achieve the target of making potable water available from taps in the city. “In 11 zones the setup to provide potable drinking water from taps is already there and we seek to expand it”, he said.

“There are several issues where industry can be roped in including development in unauthorized colonies, garbage, sanitation management and traffic. A partnership with industry will help us to deal with these issues,” the Deputy Chief Minister said. Sisodia was the Chief Guest for the first session of the conference.

The government is seeking to achieve the target of making potable water available from taps in city

The chief guest for the second session was Yogendra Yadav, President of Swaraj India which is a newly formed political party He stressed on the need to tackle pollution at all 3 levels, i.e, land, water and air. He said that Municipal corporation can play a major role in making the city clean and healthy again and that all of us will have to do our bit. “When the pollution in Delhi was at its extreme, breathing was equivalent to consuming 40 cigarettes a day”, he said. He outlined some steps for improving the ground conditions and emphasized on the need to increase the funds and revenue sources for Municipal Corporation, which according to him should focus only on cleanliness rather than education and healthcare also.

BJP State President and MP Manoj Tiwari, talked majorly about the problems faced by slum-dwellers of Delhi and the pollution in Yamuna. He called himself a “modified politician, not a traditional one” and took a dig at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for asking for polls through ballot paper rather than Electronic Voting Machines, saying that it would be a step back and in some time the CM will want to make Delhi a “kabila”. His main focus was the river Yamuna and he highlighted the plans to make “Yamunosa” on the lines of Sentosa Island in Singapore. He also talked about the pollution in Delhi and said that efforts should be made to ensure that industrial growth and checks on pollution go hand in hand. He was the Chief Guest for the third session.

Eyeing the Delhi Municipal Corporation Elections the speakers talked majorly about how the ground level conditions in Delhi can be improved.

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