New Delhi, June 9 (G’nY News Service): In an Idea Exchange hosted by FICCI, the Deputy Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, discussed the requisites to make Delhi a world class place to live, work and do business by the year 2020. The congregation, “Delhi 2020 – A Smart Place to Live, Work and do Business”, that aimed to explore the growth of the National Capital by 2020 witnessed the attendance of a long list of business leaders, members of diplomatic corps, think-tanks, academia, civil society and other stakeholders.
The Deputy Chief Minister stated that the Delhi government is focusing to build the future of the state with keen sensitivity towards the “dreams of the common men.” Referring to the session as a giant leap toward augmenting the coordination between the people of Delhi and the ruling party, Sisodia stated that, “The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government envisages to build a corruption free foundation for Delhi to flourish. Corruption is the root of all the problem that infests our nation. We are here to provide long-term solutions for corruption, crimes against women, and regionalism, so that Delhi becomes the best option as a smart place to live, work and do business in the near future.”
Sisodia stated that the AAP government is especially concentrating on the significance of quality education to boost the socio-economic development of the national capital region. He criticized people’s waning confidence on the government run schools yet calling it “justified” considering the diminishing performance statistics of these schools. “Of the 3000 schools in Delhi, 1000 are government run. The neglect and execrable teaching standard of these schools force thousands of students to drop out every year. An alarming figure of 50,000 students drop out of our government schools yearly. The private institutions that feature better facilities are high-priced and inaccessible to most common people.”
Stressing on the inadequacy of our education system, Sisodia also revealed the Delhi government’s plans to facelift the entire system with equal emphasis on academics and vocational training. This, he said, will help students in “acquiring skills and re-entering academics at a later stage”.
Manish Sisodia also discussed the Delhi government’s plans of revamping public transport. “We are planning to introduce a new fleet of 10,000 buses to encourage people to utilize public transport modes. Moreover, mono rails and an extensive network of e-rickshaws are also in the pipeline.”
Sisodia revealed that free WiFi and CCTV camera surveillance throughout the length of the national capital are among the other technical feats that the AAP government has envisioned to achieve by 2020.
Although the noble intent of the AAP government was palpable, the Deputy Chief Minister could shed little light on any concrete plans envisaged by the Delhi government.