Know 35 Salient features of Aam Aadmi Party Manifesto for Delhi Elections 2013
Election Commission has allotted the party a reserved symbol of 'Broom' for all the 70 assembly constituencies of Delhi.
Following are the 35 salient features of Aam Aadmi Party Manifesto for Delhi Elections 2013
Elections happen every five years but a chance to change the country is rare occurrence.
This upcoming Delhi elections, to be held on 4th December, present one such unique opportunity
This is not merely an opportunity to change the party in power in Delhi, this is a moment to transform the politics of India.
The possibility of Swaraj is knocking at doors of Delhi.
If this electoral battle is won in Delhi, it would open the whole country to the winds of change.
You, the residence of Delhi, voters of Delhi hold the key to the future of this country
The announcement of elections is accompanied by the rituals that have come to define today’s electoral politics. Ruling parties make untruthful and exaggerated claims.
Election manifestoes are released which are a collection of false promises both the readers and the writers of these documents are aware of the untruthfulness and insignificance of these promises.
In these elections , there is not one but two ruling parties, while congress has been holding the reins of the Delhi government for 15 years, BJP has been in power in the MCD for the past 7 years, Both parties are hand in glove and share the fruits of power.
The result lies before you.
The Aam Aadmi Party is not just another party.
It is a party that has been arisen from the struggles of Ramlila Maidan and Jantar Mantar.
It is a party that is not here merely to fight elections, it is here to change the rules of game
It is here to rewrite the politics of this country
It is here to transform the relationship between the government and the people
It is here to make the government truly of the people
It is party that brings with it the perspective of the common women and men of this country
It is a party that wants to bring power back into hands of the people
Bringing an End to Corruption in Delhi –
Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill
AAP is committed to the passing the Delhi Jan Lokpal within 15 days of coming to power.
This would model the Lokayukta along the lines of the Jan Lokpal bill.
The provisions of this law include –
I.All public officials including chief Minister, Ministers and MLA shall fall within the purview of the investigation of the Lokayukta.
II.Any public official found guilty of corruption would be removed from their jobs, sent to prison and their property confiscated.
III.Time bound investigation and punishment in cases of corruption
IV.Lokayukta would have the power to initiate investigations and prosecution against those with charges of corruption, would have administrative , fiscal and investigative autonomy
V.Citizen’s charter would be introduced and any officer found exceeding time limits would be fined.
VI.Whistleblower’s would be given protection
VII. Honest officials like Ashok Khemka and Durga Shakti Nagpal would be encouraged and protected
Introduction of the Swaraj bill, to devolve power directly to the people, this would curb corruption at the local level
Simplification of government procedures as complex procedures promote corrupt practices
Use of information technology to ensure transparency in government functioning
Devolving power directly to the people
MS = Mohalla Sabha
Every Mohalla Sabha would be given untied funds for the developmental activities in their area.
The Mohalla Sabha would decide where this money would be spent.
Payment for any government work would be mady only when the Mohalla Sabha is satisfied with the work done
MS would directly make decisions about parks, street lights, and local streets of the area.
MS would be authorized to cancel the license of the PDS distributors and grants new licenses.
MS would have the autonomy to formulate any schemes from the funds devolved to them
All certificates such as birth, death, caste, income certificate etc. of people in the locality would be issued by the MS secretariat.
The decision to establish or shut down an alcohol store in the locality would be taken by the MS
MS would monitor the local government school and primary health center
Beneficiaries of any government scheme would be decided by the MS
Full statehood to Delhi –
The elected government of Delhi does not have powers that are held by all other state governments.
The AAP would struggle to get full statehood for Delhi so that
DDA comes under the authority of the Delhi government, which can take decisions regarding establishing new colonies, regularsation of the unauthorized colonies etc.
Police and law and order should be in the control of the Delhi government
MCD should be free from the control of the central government
Electricity Bills to be reduced by half
Delhi consumers have been getting inflated bills due to malpractices by Discoms.
AAP promises a reduction of consumer’s electricity expenditure by 50% this would be brought about by the following measures.
The government would order an audit of the electricity distribution companies
Licenses would be cancelled for any company that refuses to have its accounts audited
Inflated bills would be rectified
Electricity meters would be checked by independent agencies.
If they are found to be running too fast, the companies would have to compensate the consumer
Additionally the government would take the following steps to improve the electricity supply
End the Raid Raj of electricity discoms.
Withdraw cases against those who participate in the AAP civil disobedience of nonpayment of electricity bills.
Incentives and subsidies to promote solar energy, target of meeting 20% of Delhi electricity needs via solar energy in the next 10 years
Individuals installing solar panels in their houses would be allowed to sell extra electricity to the grid
Discom monopolies would be ended and consumers would be allowed to choose between two electricity providers.
Discoms would be brought under RTI and their accounts made more transparent
Clean water in Every Home –
Water is the biggest concern of the Aam Aadmi in Delhi as more than 50 lakh people do not get piped water in their homes.
AAP would take the following steps to resolve this concern.
AAPs first priority would be to ensure that every house in Delhi gets clean water
Clamping down on Delhi’s powerful tanker mafia and prosecuting the political leaders who protect and promote them.
Restructuring Delhi Jal Board [DJB] to clamp down on its rampant corruption
Bringing transparency into DJB water supply arrangements and getting adequate data on incoming and outgoing water supply.
Installing bulk water meters to get data on how much water comes to Delhi from which of its sources
Installing bulk meters on raw water entering water treatment plants
Installing bulk meters in each of Delhi’s 21 water zones to know how much water was sent to which zone every day.
This information would be available every day on the DJB website
Providing water from Sonia Vihar water treatment plant to areas like Sangam Vihar, Deoli, Ambdkar Nagar, Mehrauli, Vasant Vihar and Vasant Kunj
Begin the use of the Munak canal and use it to supply water to Dwarka, Bawana, Okhla and other water shortage areas in the west Delhi
Currently the DJB does not supply water to the supposedly unlawful habitation in Delhi like slums, unauthorized colonies etc ensuring their dependence on the tanker mafia
DJB will take responsibility to supply water to each house in Delhi
Water laboratories to be opened in each district in Delhi to check contamination of water
Mohalla Sabha to play a role in the local distribution of water
AAP opposes the privatization of the DJB and reaffirm its commitment to the state responsibility to provide clean water in every home in Delhi
Domestic consumers who got inflated bills up to November 2013 will not be liable to pay these bills
Families that use up to 700 liters of water per day would be provided free water
Any household using a greater amount of water would pay the entire bill amount
High rates would be charged for any household using more than 1000 liters of water per day
Repeal change the recently passed law that automatically increases water rates every year
Given Delhi’s increasing population and absence of its own source of water, there is a need to evolve long term and sustainable water policies
These would include
Incentives and subsidies for recycling of waste water from kitchens and bathrooms
Utilizing Delhi’s abundant rain water by systematic city wide rainwater harvesting policies
Reviving Delhi’s water bodies like lakes, baolis etc by ensuring their recharging by rainwater and maintaining them in partnership with local communities
Making sewerage systems work, Building community toilets –
AAP is committed to building 200 000 public/ community toilets in Delhi whose maintenance would be monitored by Mohalla Sabhas.
One fourth of the city is not connected to the sewage network AAP is committed to connecting all houses to the sewage network, irrespective of the nature of the settlement, Areas with new sewers would have redesigned sewage systems to be decentralized with local treatment of waste water.
DJB has virtually no statistics on the amount of sewage generated in the city
In the absence of appropriate data, sewage treatment capacity falls woefully short and untreated sewage pollutes the water of Delhi.
AAP would take the following steps to rectify this situation
Bulk sewage meters to be installed in each locality to get accurate data on amount of sewage generated
Based on this data, building appropriate number of new decentralized sewage treatment plants
Incentives and subsidies for recycling of water from kitchens and bathrooms
Environmentally friendly methods of treating sewage would be promoted
Better Waste Management, A cleaner Delhi
Mohalla Sabha [MS] would be given complete authority and funds for waste management and cleaning of their localities
Littering or disposal of construction debris in public places would be heavily fined
Effective implementation of the ban on plastic bags
Segregation of big-degradable and non-biodegradable waste at the household level
High Quality Education in Government schools and colleges
Improving public healthcare facilities
Security for Women, children and senior citizens
Swift and fair dispensation of Justice
Devolution of power to gram Sabhas and better facilities in Delhi villages
Better facilities and regularization of unauthorized colonies
Better Facilities and Rehabilitation of Slums
Protecting the common from rising prices
Increasing Employment in Delhi
Facilitating Trade in Delhi
Improving Facilities in Industrial areas
No contractualisation of jobs
Social security for unorganized sector workers
Licenses and permanent spaces to street vendors
Convenient and inexpensive public transport
Improved Roads with space for non-motorized transport
Fair arrangement for auto drivers and auto commuters
Yamuna – Ending pollution and encroachment
Reducing pollution saving the ridge
Protecting constitutional rights of scheduled castes
Life of dignity to the valmiki community
Peace, Justice and Equality for Muslims
Justice to Victims of 1984 Massacre –
All efforts would be made to bring justice to victims of the 1984 massacre
Many victims of the massacre live in colonies like Tilak Vihar that lack adequate facilities like roads, sewers, infrastructure would be developed in these areas.
True second language status to Urdu and Punjabi –
Implement second language status given to Urdu and Punjabi
Adequate teachers to be employed for teaching Urdu and Punjabi
Teaching and research in Urdu and Punjabi in Delhi state universities
Encourage study and research in Sanskrit
Support all minority languages in Delhi
Protecting the rights of persons with disability –
Enhance the definition of disability
Help children with disability get admission into schools and colleges
Establish new institutions for protecting the rights of persons with disability
Make public buildings accessible and barrier free
Other marginalized communities –
Take steps to end discrimination against nomadic communities [NT/DNT]
Ensure that the Trans gender community gets access to education and health care and protected from harassment by the police
Sports and Culture –
Opening a public library in each Vihaan Sabha constituency in Delhi
Make Museums more accessible and interesting
Improve sports facilities for boys and girls in all wards in Delhi
Bring all sports authorities in Delhi under the RTI and Lokayukta
Sports facilities built for the commonwealth games to be made available for sports persons in Delhi
Recreation center for senior citizens in each mohalla or ward
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