AAP Govt And Delhi LG Lock Horns Once Again, Now Over Doorstep Delivery Of Govt Services

| December 27 , 2017 , 10:25 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has had a history of locking horns with the Delhi Lieutenant Governors, both the previous Najeeb Jung as well as the current Anil Baijal.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal sending back to the Delhi government a proposal for doorstep delivery of public services for reconsideration on Tuesday resulted in a backlash from AAP, questioning whether final say on a given decision should be made by the LG or the elected government.

The Delhi Cabinet last month had approved a proposal to provide home delivery of 40 government services such as driving licences, caste certificates, pensions and registrations to the doorstep of citizens and sent the proposal to the LG.

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LG Anil Baijal asked that the proposal be reconsidered and an alternate model be suggested, saying that the current proposal has implications on safety and security of women and senior citizens. He added that doorstep delivery increases the possibility of corruption, bad behaviour, breach of privacy, and loss of documents, as well as adding unnecessary expenditure for the government and the people.

According to a statement from the office of the LG, Baijal has advised that a full digital delivery of services model be considered, as partial digital facilities are already available.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a series of tweets, slammed the suggestion of the LG.

"LG rejects proposal of doorstep delivery of 40 govt services like caste-birth-address certificates, licences, social welfare schemes, pensions, registrations..etc LG sends it back for reconsideration. LG says digitalization of services enough. No need for doorstep delivery," tweeted Sisodia.

"Most of these services are already digital. Yet, long queues in offices. Despite digitalization, most people still have to run around government offices with documents etc. Under doorstep delivery scheme, a government representative would visit your house on a phone call to collect, certify and upload your documents," he said.

"LG has taken decision without knowing field reality. Announcement of doorstep delivery scheme was welcomed by all sections of society. Huge setback in Delhi government’s efforts to provide good and corruption free governance," the deputy CM said.

"Should LG have power to express difference of opinion with elected government on such critical matters of public interest and be able to scuttle such measures? Public hugely suffering because of that," Sisodia tweeted.