Delhi Dialogue panel forms 20 task forces

The Delhi Dialogue Commission, an advisory panel of the Delhi government, formed 20 task forces on Monday to deal with issues like women’s safety, pollution, power, clean Yamuna and e-governance, among others.

After the commission’s first meeting, vice chairman Ashish Khetan said an office of the panel will be set up in Satya Niketan and experts, AAP volunteers and specialists in various fields for tackling various problems will be roped in.

“The task force convenors will interact with people and experts and try to adopt best practices from all over the country,” said Khaitan.

“We want to give the best governance model to the capital, which can be emulated in other cities,” the vice chairman said.

He said some of the areas outlined for the task forces include transport education, CCTVs and mobile security (Wi-Fi), clean water, development in villages, sports, inflation control, tax reforms, slum development, unauthorised colonies, speedy justice, governance on mobile phone, waste management and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, trade or promotion of entrepreneurship and creating employment.
The city government set up the nine-member commission, headed by the Chief Minister, last week.

The government invited suggestions from the public on an email that will be processed by the commission.  

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia earlier said before the elections that the AAP talked to women and youths about their problems and incorporated their suggestions in the party’s manifesto.

“The DDC will take up all important and major issues,” he said.
Apart from Kejriwal and Khaitan, the chief secretary and finance secretary will also be members of the commission. There will be other officials and two nominated members.

Khetan earlier played a lead role in organising the Delhi Dialogue conclaves in the run-up to the elections, and invited on how to “transform Delhi into a world-class city”.

He said the commission will be a legally notified body.
Through the commission, the government will tap into people’s everyday experiences and their professional knowledge to draw up policy-level interventions in order to deliver on the 70-point manifesto, he said.

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