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Poll bugle: Dikshit recounts achievements, lays road ahead

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday sounded the poll bugle by addressing a mammoth rally at Rohini in north-west Delhi. In a show of unity, Delhi Congress president Jai Prakash Aggrawal and son of veteran Congress leader Sajjan Kumar Jug Prakash Kumar, shared the dais with the chief minister. Government claimed 50,000 people attended the rally.

Speaking on the occasion, Dikshit enumerated the achievements of her government and elucidated the list of things her government would do if voted back to power.

She tried to allay the fears related to the Food Security Scheme. Dikshit said that large-scale distribution of highly subsidised food to eligible families under the scheme would not affect the procurement price of grains for the farmers. She promised that the government would continue to procure grains from the farmers at standard prices from time-to-time and would grant substantial subsidies in order to ensure distribution to people.

The Delhi government is all set to launch the scheme in the city on 20 August. Benefits under the programme are expected to start percolating to the beneficiaries by 1 September.
‘The city government is getting ready to allot around 50,000 low-cost houses in over the next five months. The houses would be allotted to eligible registered urban poor families and residents of JJ clusters,’ Dikshit announced.

Talking about Delhi civic infrastructure, the chief minister said that the roads in rural Delhi have been repaired and strengthened by the Public Works Department.

The government spent an amount of Rs 1,800 crore on the work. Taking an indirect dig at the BJP, Dikshit said the government had to undertake the work because it was being neglected by the corporations ruled by ‘a political party which has nothing to do with development’.
‘Our government has been changing the face of Delhi. It has been taking decisions without thinking about politics,’ the chief minister said.
‘Our government is committed to ensure prosperity and development in the city as it has performed and delivered up to the satisfaction of people,’ Dikshit said.

Speaking on the occasion, Aggarwal said that the Opposition in Delhi has no development plans
and issues and that it is a divided house.
‘Our party and our government stands for the basic needs such roti, kapda and makaan,’ he said.
Praising the chief minister for her works, urban development minister Arvinder Singh said, ‘Dikshit has displayed courage in regularising 895 colonies after a similar regularisation effected by Indira Gandhi in the early eighties.’

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