NEW DELHI,19.02.20-CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal today held a high level meeting of all Cabinet ministers, Secretaries and Heads of Departments to discuss the 10 Guarantees made by Mr Kejriwal during the election to the people of Delhi. He directed all HoDs to prepare a detailed roadmap to fulfill the promises in the Guarantee Card within one week and provide an estimate for the Budget required to implement the promises.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "The new government has already started its processes following the oath ceremony, at a faster pace without wasting much time. We have started working towards the development of Delhi, and I hope that we will work at a much faster pace than our tenure of the last five years. All the cabinet ministers have started operating from the offices, and the portfolios of the ministers remain the same except one or two minor modifications. I have been consistently asked as to why I did not keep any department with me. I did not have any department with me during the last tenure as well except the Delhi Jal Board. It is much easier to monitor the functioning of all the departments than handling any particular department. I believe it is the responsibility of the Chief Minister to overlook the performance of all the ministers and the operations of their departments."

Instructed all the Cabinet minister & secretaries to formulate plans to fulfill our guarantees: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

"A very significant meeting was held today, where I met all the ministers, secretaries and heads of all the departments, to have a detailed discussion on each of the 10 guarantees of our manifesto," said the CM.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that the respective departmental heads or the secretaries, like education, health, security, water, electricity, transportation, environmental pollution, have been instructed to formulate a plan for the smooth functioning of their departments. The plan will contain the timeline as well as the budget or monetary requirements for the fulfillment of the guarantees concerning their departments. The plan will also have set milestones of the execution of work, to assess the fulfillment of plans in the stipulated timelines.

After one week, separate meetings will be held with each of these departments every week, where they will hold presentations notifying their requirements. The budget allocation on these guarantees will be announced during the announcement of the budget for this financial year in the Delhi Assembly.

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Responding to why the CM has not handled any department this time, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "My first and foremost commitment is to the people of Delhi. The people of Delhi have delegated me with major responsibility, and I have not held any portfolio this time so that I can fulfill this responsibility efficiently. I believe that I ought to look at the broader vision rather than being stuck in the nitty-gritty of a particular department."

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that there has been a significant improvement in the availability of water in Delhi, especially in the summer season for the last two years. He said the Delhi government has developed a detailed plan to further improve water availability in Delhi. "We assure you 24-hour safe and clean tap water in the next five years," said CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal.

All free schemes to continue for next five years

In a meeting with officials at the Delhi Secretariat on Wednesday, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal made it clear that all free schemes from his previous tenure will continue for the next five years. All the earlier schemes including 200 units of electricity, 20,000 litres of water, women's free rides in buses, elderly pilgrimage schemes will also continue in the new government. The CM asked the officials to make a detailed plan for immediate implementation of whatever has been said in the guarantee card.