CM, ministers get down to business

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SummarySoon after taking charge as Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal got down to business on Saturday.

Soon after taking charge as Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal got down to business on Saturday. Here’s a look at his Cabinet, the portfolios of ministers and their priorities.

Arvind Kejriwal

He has kept some of the plum departments with himself. This includes home, finance, vigilance, services, planning and power.

Priorities

One of his focus areas would be controlling price rise and stamping out corruption. “Hum Dilli ki taasver badlenge... As and when some decisions are taken, we will tell you. Some decisions will be made with the people, others will be at our level...,” he said.

Manish Sisodia

Education, Public Works Department, urban development, local bodies, land and building, and revenue.

Priorities

Listing education as his priority for now, Sisodia held a series of meetings with Education department officials on Saturday. “The sector has become a profit-making business, which is against the very principle of education...,” he said.

His priority areas will be to end donations in schools, ensure transparency in the fees structure to understand why fees varies from one school to another and improve the condition of government schools. “I have called a meeting on Monday...,” Sisodia said.

Rakhi Birla

Women and child development, social welfare and languages

Priorities

Setting up a security force for citizens is one of her priorities. The force will comprise of retired army officers, who will be given training by the government, she said. “We are already in contact with them. The officers will be retained at a basic salary and there will be a force of 25-30 people per ward,” she said. “This will be an organised force under the state. We are still working out the details in this regard,” she said.

Somnath Bharti

Administrative reforms, law, tourism, art andculture

Priorities

A lawyer by profession, Bharti said his priority would be to ensure the justice system does not disappoint Delhiites. “Delhi will get a new Jan Lokayukta Bill,” he said.

He said his immediate focus was to ensure “normal cases take between six months and one year while judgments on cases related to violence against women are given within three to six months. This might require measures such as upgrading infrastructure, hiring more judges and support staff. Support staff is very important... being a lawyer I know,” he said.

Saurabh Bhardwaj

Food and supply, transport, environment, election, general administration

Priorities

Bhardwaj said he had asked the Transport department to review a High Court order on the BRT corridor to see if there was anything legally binding on the government. NGO Nyaya Bhoomi had

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