We have removed graft from top echelons, says Kejriwal
He also assured industrialists to take immediate action and remove obstacles provided they give specific information on corruption and red <g data-gr-id="23">tapism</g> faced by them.
“There is no corruption in the offices of our ministers. We have appointed hand-picked honest officers as secretaries and heads of the departments and successfully removed corruption from the top,” said Kejriwal speaking in a conference of Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
“My government has no vested interest in any policy decision. We are not like those who demand cut money in projects but are committed to clear the obstacles for ease of doing business,” he added.
He highlighted the pathetic condition of polytechnic colleges in Delhi and requested the industrialists to adopt them and train the students as per the latest requirements of the industry.
Kejriwal also assured the industrialists to do away with unnecessary licenses and No Objection Certificates (NOC) and simplifying the rules. He cited the example of the event management industry in which his government is working to minimise the process of licenses and approvals. “Presently, there are 27 licenses and NOCs required for hosting an event but we want to finish most of them. We have given permanent licenses to some venues where events can be organised by just giving intimation to the government before a few hours,” informed Kejriwal. He further informed that his government would make <g data-gr-id="27">single</g> window online system for procuring licenses for events in the city. “A committee headed by the Delhi Finance Secretary is working on the issue and the final recommendations will be implemented within 5-6 months,” he added.
Highlighting the investment opportunities for the industrialists in the city, Kejriwal underlined public transport, education, health, rehabilitation of slums, development of unauthorised colonies as the top preferences of his government.
Chief minister bats for ‘smart’ Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday pitched for industry’s participation in making the national Capital a ‘smart city’ while stressing that departmental procedures were being “simplified” by the AAP government in ensuring ‘ease of doing business’. He also invited suggestions pertaining to labour reforms, rooting out corruption, and simplifying procedures in various government departments towards facilitating business and trade related activities. “We talk of smart cities. We talk of building 100, 200 smart cities. I think let us make Delhi a smart city first. I invite you all to participate... the govt will do its part with complete honesty,” Kejriwal said at the event.