New Delhi: 16/07/2016
Delhi Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal spoke on the following issues at the Inter State Council held on Saturday :
- Farmers suicides : The Chief Minister demanded that the Central government should waive off all the debts of farmers across the country to reduce their sufferings. Mr Kerjiwal demanded immediate implementation of the MS Swaminathan Committee report. He asked the Centre to provide adequate funds to states so that problems faced by farmers could be resolved at the earliest.
- Free medicines in all government hospitals of the country : The Chief Minister demanded that medicines should be provided free of costs and tests should also be conducted free in all government hospitals across the country like it has been done by the Delhi government since February. Such a step will help poor people, particularly farmers. Centre should provide financial assistance to states in implementing this important measure.
- Rising prices of pulses : Mr Kejriwal demanded that allegations of rise in prices of pulses due to hoarding at the Mundra Port should be probed with all seriousness, since it is being reported that pulses being imported from countries like Mozambique are being sold at a higher price in India.
- Misuse of Central government’s powers in destabilising non-BJP ruled states : The Chief Minister demanded the Inter State Council should pass a resolution that Chief Ministers be consulted before the appointment of governors/LGs in their respective states, and President’s rule can only be imposed in any state if the government loses majority in the Assembly and not on any frivolous grounds by misusing the office of governors appointed by the Centre.
- Share of Delhi in central taxes : The Chief Minister pointed that that Delhi contributes Rs 1.5 lakh core to the Centre’s kitty in taxes, but surprisingly gets only a paltry Rs 325 crore out of it. He demanded that Delhi be given Rs 5,000 crore as per the recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission.
- No detention Policy : The Chief Minister demanded that the Central government remove the No Detention Policy from the RTE Act, since it is harming the interests of the students. Some other Chief Ministers also supported this demand.
- Bills passed by the Delhi Assembly still pending with the Centre : The Chief Minister demanded that the bills pending with the Centre be immediately granted approval so that people of Delhi could get benefit of the welfare schemes.