Delhi MCD elections are on the head, and candidates are trying their best to woo voters. The large scale municipal elections will be spread over 13,000 booths spanning 272 wards. An electorate of over 1.3 crore people will excercise its vote, who are eligible to vote in the polls and of them more than 1.1 lakh are first-time voters. The authorities are working in full swing to ensure smooth functioning on the day of the elections which will begin at 8 AM. Out of the 13,022 polling stations, 3,284 have been declared as ‘sensitive’ and 1,464 as hypersensitive. In a first, None Of The Above (NOTA) option will be available in MCD elections. All the three leading parties – BJP, Congress, and AAP are contesting elections and are trying tooth and nails to woo voters in symbolically crucial elections:
Here’s a quick look at what the parties have offered voters in their manifestos
– Exemption of House Tax
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has vowed to abolish all residential taxes in Delhi and it will also waive off all the pending arrears of house tax.
– Corruption free MCD
Stressing upon the need of a corruption-free MCD, Aam Aadmi Party has promised to eradicate corruption from MCD.
– Clean Delhi
The party has promised to completely clean the garbage from Delhi within a year and for that, it will deploy mechanised cleaning process. In a big promise, AAP promised that the landfills will be halved by 2018 and will be finished by 2019 using latest technology and methods.
– Welfare of Sanitation Workers
Aam Aadmi Party has vowed to regularise the contractual Sanitation workers so that they can enjoy the facilities as by the permanent workers. It has also promised that the salary of these workers will be transferred to their bank accounts by the 7th of every month.
– Education for every child
AAP has also promised to convert the MCD schools into high-quality institutes and provide education to all the students. The party has also promised the appointment of more school teachers to ensure there is no shortfall. To improve the quality of education the party also plans to provide training to the teachers.
1. The Congress’ manifesto promised to set up an urban poverty alleviation department, cut down house tax, provide unemployment allowance and regularise sanitation workers.
Task force for delivery of services to the poor
The corporate houses will be encouraged to spend a share of their CSR fund on poverty alleviation.
No new taxes
No new taxes will be imposed, rather the existing house tax rates could be lowered by uprooting “corruption” and efficient collection of other taxes. Health and accidental insurance cover, unemployment allowance and other benefits will be provided to unorganised sector workers, including domestic helps.
Five lakh street vendors will be identified, registered and provided with licences to save them from harassment and exploitation. Also, all temporary sanitation workers in three MCDs will be regularised in two years, the manifesto said.
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Regulisation of unauthorised colonies
The party manifesto also talks on regularisation and development of unauthorised colonies. “Congress-ruled MCD will earmark Rs 2,000 crore development fund for unauthorised colonies and sanction layout plans of such colonies to speed up their regularisation.”
Bharatiya Janata Party
– BJP, who is already in power for 10 years in MCD, have promised a “transparent and corruption-free” rule.
– This time, the party is promising the regularisation of the temporary sanitation workers.
– Digitalisation of citizen services, putting pressure on the Delhi government for regularisation of unauthorised colonies.
– The pary is offering a Rs-10 lakh insurance cover for the students in the MCD schools, health cards for citizens, open gymnasiums, scrapping factory licences, promoting enterprises run by women under the Centre’s Startup India scheme, special arrangements to address the problems faced by the people of north-east in the city.
– For autorickshaw and taxi stands, the party is offering restrooms for drivers and issuance of licences to hawkers and street vendors under the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014.
With PTI inputs