• Modi wants power tariff hike in Delhi: Kejriwal

    Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday said lieutenant-governor Najeeb Jung had sought files related to power subsidy on prime minister Narendra Modi’s instructions and warned of a hike in power tariff in the Capital.
    Speaking at the foundation-laying ceremony of a road in Kirari , Kejriwal said the AAP government’s proposal to increase minimum wages by up to 50 per cent could be shot down by Jung and the PM.
    In a series of tweets, Kejriwal said plans were afoot to remove Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal. He said she could be “arrested” soon for her “good work”.
    “In elections, we had promised to cut power tariff by half and provide free water. We fulfilled our promises. Sadly, Modiji has summoned the files related to power and water from LG. He is threatening to increase power tariff in Delhi,” said Kejriwal.
    The chief minister accused the Centre of not clearing the Delhi government’s proposal to regularise hundreds of unathorised colonies in the capital.
    “We cannot wait for Modiji’s nod. I have directed my ministers to carry out development works in all unauthorised colonies, including construction of roads, laying of water pipelines, etc,” he said.
    The CM said the lieutenant-governor was transferring officials involved in successful projects of the AAP government such as mohalla clinics and construction of school buildings.
    Maliwal targets Barkha
    DCW chief Maliwal alleged that her predecessor Barkha Shukla recruited wives of IAS and IPS officials for 49 contractual posts that were never advertised.
    Maliwal’s allegations were in response to the Anti-Corruption Bureau’s raid at her office last week on Shukla’s complaint. “Barkha Shukla Singh made 49 contractual appointments and appointed wives of IAS and IPS officers without giving advertisements and over 2,500 cases were pending when I assumed charge,” Maliwal claimed.
    “DCW handled 12000 complaint dis year compared to 3500 during Barkha’s tenure. She did 1 case in 9 years. We r questioned why work so much?(sic),” Maliwal tweeted
    “In 1 year, we hv changed DCW from a defunct body to one srsly workin on women issues. That’s troubling them. They want me to stop working,” she said in a series of tweets. Matt Beleskey Authentic Jersey

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