‘Profit should not supersede humanity’
In the wake of reports claiming that private hospitals were turning away dengue patients, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that though his government was working towards making the city a ‘business hub’, profit should not supersede humanity.
Referring to the death of a seven-year-old boy due to dengue after being denied admission by various hospitals in the national Capital, Kejriwal said: “It is very heartbreaking.. I feel very sad after hearing such incidents.”
“In the mad race to earn <g data-gr-id="33">profit</g>, one should not become blind. If the hospitals would have treated him, would it have made the turnover of hospitals suffer?”
The Chief Minister was addressing the conference of ASSOCHAM on ‘Ease of doing business - Unfinished agenda’.
Noting that people of Delhi voted for AAP to bring about a ‘paradigm change’, the Chief Minister claimed that after his government came to power, corruption has gone down by 50-60 per cent which has decreased the cost of doing business and increased the profit of the companies.
“If we make <g data-gr-id="31">process</g> of doing business easy in the city and improve the infrastructure then we will not have to invite corporates to Delhi to invest here. Instead, they themselves will invest in the capital.
“Delhi has a huge potential, and in one year we will make Delhi number one place for <g data-gr-id="24">ease-of-doing business</g>,” he said.
Along with <g data-gr-id="40">focus</g> on business, Kejriwal highlighted that Delhi has <g data-gr-id="41">potential</g> for growth in tourism, education and health sector. “At present, stop over time of tourists in Delhi is less than 24 hours and we have to increase it to 2-3 days, which will create more jobs and revenue.”
“Similarly, we are expanding mandis of Delhi and going to bring a bill to regularise warehouses,” he added. Addressing industrialists, Kejriwal said, “I believe you are the best brains of the <g data-gr-id="36">county</g> and we are longing for ideas. We don’t have all the brains to do everything, but if two crore people of the city start using their brains and resources then Delhi will become the best city in the world.” He further said that AAP got a huge mandate from the public as people were fed up of existing politics which was full of corruption and “hooliganism”.