Making Delhi better
My suggestions on governance to Mr.Kejriwal : 1) Many of Delhi's problems are attributable to the character (or lack of it) among Delhi-ites. Do not shy away from holding citizens also accountable. Delhi-ites show little respect for law & order and for fellow citizens' rights. It is time to act tough on such people. 2) Water : Free water is bad idea, people tend to waste anything they get free. Water is a precious resource and is globally recognized as a crisis issue of the future. Please act tough on those who waste water, not merely thru' tariff but also punitive action. You must be knowing of many Delhi-ites in every colony use hoses to spray wash cars every day. We can save thousands of crores of rupees if you can put an end to the practice of people installing motors to pull water directly from DJB lines, if DJB delivers assured water at right pressure one wouldn't need any motors except in high-rises where too water should be boosted up from underground tanks. So that shluld be the focus rather than subsidy. 3) Subsidy on electricity: A bad idea again. I support you in subjecting discoms to CAG audit, let the tariff be reduced after that. That will be your performance, and not subsidies. Quality of power supply is still very bad compared to Mumbai & Gujarat, so discoms shouldn't be granted tariff increase if they fail to meet prescribed service levels. My suggestions 2 & 3 above will also help reduce pollution which is crying need for Delhi. 4) Improve working of MCDs: they need to adopt a fair & helpful approach rather than intimidation. By all means they should go after major violators but not harass general public.
5) AAP government should take a pledge to follow only sustainable economic policy: you shouldn't offer any subsidies unless you achieve an increase in state's revenues by at least 3 times the subsidy amount.
I shall support you in everything that brings about improvements in Delhi by better governance and by making Delhi-ites more responsible citizens. more
As for electricity, the subsidy is only till the audit is completed. Thereafter the fair tariff will come into play- based on results of audit. It is good that AAP have given subsidy for upto 400 units consumption. This way AAP have put themselves under pressure which should potentially help AAP in delivery of their promise.
As above, I see absolutely nothing wrong in the subsidies as announced. more