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Arvind Kejriwal seeks one week`s time to ring in changes in Delhi

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 19:21

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Determined to give New Delhi`s political and bureaucratic system a speedy makeover, Arvind Kejriwal as New Delhi Chief Minister, carried out a slew of measures on a day that saw nine IAS officers being transferred and a couple of brainstorming cabinet meetings.

Yesterday, on a day that played out like frames of a fast action-packed movie, Delhi`s youngest CM started revamping the work set-up and touched upon a number of issues holding meetings with top officials.

On Sunday morning, people reached Kejriwal`s Kaushambi residence to greet him on his being the new Delhi CM. Many among the crowd had come to speak to the CM with their set of litanies. The crowd included the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) employees and the people from Valmiki community.

Speaking to them, Kejriwal said that he needed a week or ten days` time to settle down and then the government would be able to prove its mettle.

""I don`t want to give you false assurances. I will take your applications only when we put a system in place..." said the CM.

"We have formed the government but now a lot needs to be done..We can`t do it alone, we all need to work together," he added.

Meanwhile, RJD leader Lalu Prasad Yadav took a swipe on Kejriwal saying that Delhiites will come to know in a week what kind of leaders they have elected to power, reports quoted Lalu as saying.

"When compared to Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal or Narendra Modi are nothing," said Lalu.

After his swearing-in ceremony at Ramlila Maidan concluded, Kejriwal made no delay in steering his blue WagonR to Delhi Secretariat in central Delhi, where he reached at around 1:30 pm and got to work immediately.

The Magsaysay Award-winning CM set a new trend on his maiden day, shunting bureaucrats, scrapping security for officers and red beacon for official cars and holding back-to-back meetings with Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi, officials of power department, the Delhi Jal Board and other departments.

Kejriwal, who has the charge of home, power, planning, finance, services, and vigilance, said that by Monday he would declare his next move on his promise of providing 700 litres of water daily to all households and by Tuesday he would be able to announce some news on power tarrif.

The main transfer Arvind ordered was that of Delhi Jal Board CEO Debashree Mukherjee, who was shifted to Delhi Transport Corporation.
Also, Power Secretary RK Verma was shunted to Education department and Finance Secretary MM to Social Welfare Department.

Kejriwal and his ministers have said that they will not take government`s huge bungalows or security.

Reports said, Kejriwal also hunted his new home on day one, where he will shift from Kaushambi.

First Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 09:36
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