Delhi needs “City State” system: Sheila DikshitApril 10th, 2008 - 9:51 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Apr.10 (ANI): Saying multiplicity of power centres is creating hurdles in the governance of the national capital, the Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit today called for adopting the concept of “city State rule system” to ensure better governance of the State.
Speaking on the Bhagidari Programme of the Delhi Government at the Observer Research Foundation here today, Dikshit said that a city state rule system is necessary to tackle various problems of a State like Delhi whose Chief Minister has control over neither land nor police while it has got a population of one crore, sixty lakh people.
The City State rule system would ensure “a better, responsive governance”, Dikshit said while explaining the problems her government faced in facing the challenges.
She said her government was trying to do its best by involving people in its governance. She said her Government would have done five times better, but for the multiplicity of power centres.
Dikshit said that while some authorities like the Cantonment Board and the NDMC were functioning better, the MCD, which has 97 per cent of the responsibilities, functioned “abysmally poor”.
The Chief Minister said tackling the rapid migration of people to the Capital in search of livelihood was a great challenge as 400 to 500 thousand people were migrating to the city, thereby putting tremendous pressure on infrastructure.
Dikshit said the Bhagidari Programme has given her and the government lots of confidence in involving people in governance. She said the unique programme has already won awards from the Commonwealth and the United Nations.
Pointing out that her Government was the first to implement the Right to Information Act (RTI), Dikshit said her Government wanted to set up more universities, engineering colleges, technical institutes, triple IITs, hospitals, etc to further strengthen the infrastructure.
Former Foreign Secretary M. Rasgotra chaired the meeting in which representatives of RWAs, NGOs, experts on governance participated.
Saying that there was a big gap between taking decisions at the government level and implementing them, Dikshit asked the ORF to study and come up with recommendations to bridge this gap for speedy and efficient implementation of the schemes. (ANI)
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