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Kejriwal vows to probe PWD graft charges
June 19, 2017
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday vowed to launch a probe into corruption allegations against the Public Works Department (PWD).

Kejriwal remarks came after a report by online news portal “Janta Ka Reporter” where it was alleged that the PWD has cleared a bill related to maintenance of roads and drains without doing any work.

The news portal quoted Hindi news Channel Aaj Tak that it has all documents related to the alleged irregularities.

Responding to the reports, Kejriwal tweeted: “Please send all documents. I will immediately get them investigated.”

PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar has hit back at Kejriwal who had accused him of not overseeing the desilting of drains, saying “negativity and squabbling attitude” does not work in such a challenging task.

In a sharp response to Kejriwal’s letter to Chief Secretary MM Kutty seeking action against him, Kumar said there is no scope for “indulging in blame game” with regard to monsoon preparedness.

In the letter, Kejriwal had said he had given specific instructions that the PWD secretary should himself visit important drains to ensure their desilting ahead of monsoon, but he “openly and brazenly violates” his directions.

The Delhi CM had also said the PWD secretary “refused” to step out of his air-conditioned office even when the health of the “entire population is at stake.”

“The chief secretary should initiate proceedings for dereliction of duty against him. He should also personally ensure that the PWD secretary visits all drains listed by east and north Delhi mayors by this Sunday (June 18) and ensure their desilting.

Visits by juniors will not be accepted,” he had said.

Kejriwal’s letter comes close on the heels of the PWD slapping “penal rent” of around Rs2.8 million on the AAP for the “unauthorised occupation” of a bungalow in Rouse Avenue here.

The PWD secretary said he would submit to the chief minister a report on the ground realities with regard to the drainage system.

“Whatever work is being done is being continuously assessed... There is no scope for indulging in blame game with regard to monsoon preparedness.

“All agencies, including the Public Works Department and local bodies, need to work with sincerity... Negativity and squabbling attitude does not work in this kind of a challenging task,” he said.

Indo-Asian News Service

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