Elections of Delhi Assembly Political Manifesto “of the people, for the people, by the people”

Posted: June 29, 2013 in Children and Child Rights, Education, Geopolitics, Politics, Uncategorized, Youths and Nation

By Dr. Onkar Mittal

Almost 100 years ago, on the eve of World War 1, the British Imperial Government made a declaration of establishing Self – Government in India. In this context, Mahatama Gandhi made his re-entry on the Indian soil in the year 1915. After a zig zag series of events, he took complete control of Indian National Congress by the year 1921in collaboration with Motilal Nehru.  The story of  the dynastic rule of Gandhi-Nehru-Gandhi clique begins from here. Under the almost total hegemony of this clique, the Indian National congress oversaw the division of the country in 1947, transfer of the British Paramount   power to itself in what is known as India today, and sixty years of almost continuous rule over this divided India. In the   year 2014, there will be elections again for the Indian Parliament to decide the fate of the leadership of this country and the leadership of Gandhi-Nehru clique. For the people of this country, this a moment of deep reflection and introspection.

 

As  a prelude to this there will be assembly elections in the Capital city of Delhi.  The city is home to nearly 12 million people today coming from all over the country, and an almost equal number of people living in contiguous towns integrally linked to the Capital City of Delhi. The Governance here is in total mess, as will be shown in the subsequent sections. The government of  this capital city is headed  for the last 15 years by Smt. Sheela Dixit, her sole qualification for this role being her closeness and loyalty to this clique, since the time of former PM Rajeev Gandhi. In these years, the main opposition party BJP has not been able to put any alternative vision or program for governance and city management to the people of this city. Interestingly this space is now claimed to be occupied by Shri Arvind Kejriwal, a former civil service officer of IRS, who has emerged on the scene on so called anti-corruption platform.  The small parties and individuals associated with the proposed Third Front, present this political manifesto to the people of Delhi, as statement of an alternative vision and program of political action. This will be a prelude to present a similar program for the country before the elections of 2014.

 

While more will be said on the lack of governance in the mega polis of Delhi in the following pages, it should be recapitulated in the very beginning, that the city of Delhi  was witness to mass movements on unparalleled proportions by its people in last two to three years- led by various personalities like Anna Aazare-Kejriwal, Baba Ramdeo and by the youth for gender rights. However these movements have ended in shocking failures to the disappointment of all. The attempt by Shri Kejriwal to usurp this space by his so called Aam Aadmi party is disowning of all the important issues raised during these movements, this usurpation is in the very unholy traditions of the Gandhi Nehru clique – to be developed further…

Background

  1. Total Population – Delhi, Capital territory and NCR, district wise; slum population
  2. Modes of governance
  3. State finances
  4. Human development
  5. Livelihoods
  6. Environment
  7. Basic services

Nearly 60-70 % of the city population lives in various kinds of slum settlements, despite all the claims of infrastructure led development

The city of Delhi has seen some interesting battles in last two decades:

  1. The massive use of contract labour by the government of the day, illegal non-payment of stipulated minimum wages to these contract laborers directly in league with machinery of the state
  2. The demolition of JJ clusters and displacement of nearly 1 million populations; Allotment of 12 square yards of plots on leasehold
  3. The tragic farce of the demolition drives led by Supreme Court ;
  4. The never ending jugglery over the regularization of unauthorized colonies
  5. The scarcity of water in summer season and unequal distribution of city water
  6. The battle over electricity meters and electricity bills
  7. Total mismanagement of the speculative land capital ( linked to mafiazation of the polity) and city land use, leading to development of malls, rising real estate and vacant housing in the  greater Noida – to the total absence of an equitable  housing policy

Vision

  1. The Capital city of Delhi should become a role model for model urban governance in country aiming at achieving social equality, green technology and sustainable urban development, reflecting the eternal spirit of India.
  2. In the insane quest of urban development, damage to the river has been the basic casualty. The protection of the Yamuna river will be in the centre of all developmental paradigm in city of Delhi, which will have far reaching implications for the national governance and developmental paradigm, dealing with complex challenges of 21st century.
  3. The education/ human resource development should govern the whole process of development. The scientific, social , cultural and spiritual change should provide the motivational force to challenge and transform the present mad race/ The youth and gender policies should take care of the present state of all round insecurity, alienation and anarchy challenging the very basic fabric of the society.
  4.  The present population of 12 million and another  12 million including the surrounding NOIDA and Gurgaon – requires a more autonomous entity than the present structure of disjointed government of NCT of Delhi and of contiguous towns like Gurgaon and NOIDA and other towns of  and NCR.
  5. The governance should ensure an administration which is coherent, responsive to the public and transparent resulting in freedom from scourge of corruption. .
  6. The present obsession with infrastructure development in certain limited areas – based on grand unholy alliance between land and building mafia, the utility corporate interest and speculative money – needs to be abandoned in favor of a new inclusive vision of development.
  7. The Delhi before the British era was Delhi Suba. The British had broken it in the aftermath of the 1857 rebellion. The ex-territories belonging to Delhi suba should be added to city of Delhi and it should acquire full statehood.

Principles of new governance

  1. The minimum basic wages and social security for the labour in formal and informal sector will be ensured and present system of contract labour will not be allowed to be an alibi for unethical exploitation of labour.
  2. Provision of social security : The most vulnerable segments of the population like – disabled, chronically sick requiring long term support, and needy women headed households and old aged people will be recognized and minimum financial support in addition to social support will be provided.
  3. Provision of basic services : Recognizing the social and state ownership of the natural resources and knowledge production, and also recognizing the nefarious influence of privatization/PPP in the delivery of basic services, we  commit to introduce the principle of co-operativization of the delivery of basic services in city of Delhi, primarily financed by the tax based resources and supplemented by copayments by  the consumers. The state will also ensure that  a minimum level of essential basic services is fundamental right of every citizen and state will subsidize the cooperative service providers to deliver these services free or at subsidized rate to those who are unable to pay for these. The essential basic services are following : water, electricity and health. Other basic services are- public transport, elementary education.
  4. Housing : There will be comprehensive strategy for housing for all. The special needs of katras, JJ resettlement colonies and unauthrorized colonies will be reviewed and new strategy will be prepared for that.
  5. The interests of migrants including migrant labour will be protected
  6. The health will be promoted through change in life style, prevention of food adultration, provision of potable drinking water, counselling services for conflict resolution and mental health and information of all aspects of health and disease. The child to child approached will be adopted for all round dissemination.
  7. The identity of dalits, minorities and other excluded sections will be given due recognition and social policy will ensure social justice and fulfillment of their genuine aspirations. 

 

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Comments
  1. Dear Dr. Mittal Saheb,

    There is directness and clarity of thought in your communication. It will be useful for my Ganges work for SPWD in Kolkata.

    I also sorely miss Shri Sanjay Mitraji in my work. His feedback in – just the planning stage – will be invaluable.

    Thanks and Regards,

    yudhvir

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