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NEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government conducted a series of public meetings in six constituencies on Saturday before finalising Delhi’s budget.
The first consultation meet was held on April 19 in Patparganj, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia’s constituency. On Saturday, budget meets were held at Dwarka, Chattarpur, Karawal Nagar, Okhla and Bawana.
According to officials, about 300 people turned up for each of the 11 public meetings. Issues such as cleaning of sewers, dirty water and lack of security were discussed.
Along with the local MLA, the sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) and representatives from the revenue and finance departments were present at the meeting.
“This is the first party that is going to the public after the election. Previously, MLAs used to forget the public after winning the election. This effort has sent a positive message to the public and they feel empowered,” said a Delhi government official.
In Dwarka, people discussed the problem of water they have been facing since years in addition to security concerns and bad roads. According to government officials, an estimate is being made on the basis of voting for top issues. These will be tabled during the final budget that is expected to be presented in the Delhi Assembly in the first week of June.
Maximum votes went for CCTV cameras and gates for security at residential areas in Karawal Nagar, an official said. Demands of a sewage system, clean water and libraries were common in all the meetings.
The Delhi government has planned to hold such public meetings on Sunday and the next week, before finalising the budget in June.