Real fight is against bureaucracy: Delhi CM

Rajat Kain

kejriwal_aapDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took on the state bureaucracy while calling his government ‘people-centric’. Applauding his own government for ushering in reforms that will help a common man, Kejriwal listed ‘tackling’ the bureaucrats as a major challenge.

“I have realised it is not an easy thing. They are more keen on saying how things are not done,” said the Delhi chief minister in a private event in Delhi.

The Aam Aadmi Party chief was himself a bureaucrat before becoming an anti-corruption crusader. He joined Indian Revenue Service in 1995 and held various positions including the high office of a Joint Commissioner, Income Tax Department in Delhi. His service tenure had run into various disputes due to participation in activism. Finally, his services ceased in the year 2011, the very year he launched Anti-Corruption movement against the incumbent UPA government with Anna Hazare as a chief mascot of the movement.

Aam Aadmi Party, the party he leads is a result of that movement which captured major public imagination.

AAP was a surprise runner-up in 2013 Delhi Assembly elections leading Kejriwal to become the Chief Minister of the capital, but for a short while.

And now in his second tenure as the Chief Minister, he claimed people are happy with his decisions on slashing electricity, water tariff and series of other decisions. Choosing the occasion to advice his babus on quicker delivery and the improvement of the ‘system’, he said “Common man is interested in delivery. There is a need to reform the bureaucracy and governance. We are putting out circulars asking bureaucrats to prepare blueprints on how they intend to collect a certain amount of tax. There would be quarterly milestones and we will provide them governmental resources and better performers would be rewarded”.

Along with the bureaucracy, PM Narendra Modi led-Union government too was on his target. Drawing a comparison between performance of Delhi government and the Centre, he rated the former better as it has a clear focus to lend relief to the common man. He described the BJP-led central government as a government of ‘few rich people’ who are making policies to suit their own cause.

In a straight contest between the BJP and AAP, the latter got a massive mandate winning 67 out of 70 seat in Delhi Assembly elections held in February 2015. This is Arvind Kejriwal’s second stint as a chief minister after a short-lived coalition government that last 49 days last year.

However, this stint hasn’t been uneventful as Kejriwal have been facing dissent from within his own party. Also, serious questions are raised against his leadership style by his former colleagues, notably by Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.