Resorting to his good old ways, once again Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal attacks Lt Governor and the Centre while accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of instructing LG Najeeb Jung to cancel the AAP government’s order to make discoms pay compensation to consumers for unscheduled power cuts and further may turn down the government’s power-subsidy decision and minimum wages proposal.
Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) had, in April passed an order, asking power distribution companies to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts extending up to two hours in the national capital.
Addressing a gathering at North West Delhi’s Najafgarh area, Kejriwal expressed that the power situation would have been better in Delhi but Modi has not let that happen. He had also claimed yesterday that LG Najeeb Jung has sought the file related to power subsidy on the instructions of the Prime Minister, even as he cautioned against a hike in power tariff in the city.
“We had passed an order under which discoms would have to compensate consumers for unscheduled power cuts. They were bound to pay a penalty of Rs 100 for power cut for every hour.
“15 days ago, LG sahab called the file pertaining to this matter and cancelled this order. Modi is hand-in-glove with power companies. Why Modi ji needed to turn down this order?” Kejriwal said.
He went further on to express his apprehension that his government’s proposal to increase minimum wages by up to 50 per cent could be shot down by Jung.
He asked the people to “gherao the Prime Minister and Lt Governor” if any such step is taken.
In between the function, when protesters showed black flags to Kejriwal for failing to deliver his election poll promises which included installation of CCTV cameras, construction of 500 new school buildings, Wi-fi and regular jobs for contractual employees of DTC.
Kejriwal again dragged the Centre of not clearing the Delhi government’s proposal to regularise hundreds of unauthorised colonies in the capital.
Kejriwal insisted if the proposal is approved, such colonies will be regularised within 24 hours. “We cannot wait for Modi ji’s nod. I have directed my ministers to carry out development works in all unauthorised colonies which include construction of roads and laying of water pipelines,” he said.