New Delhi, July 17 (IANS) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the government has saved over Rs 350 crore in building five flyovers across the national capital since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) took charge in February 2015.
“There were some under construction flyovers in Delhi when we took over. We completed those projects before schedule and saved over Rs 350 crore. This was unprecedented. In our country, every government project is delayed by years. But we changed all of it,” said Kejriwal during his inaugural interactive session “Talk to AK”.
He said that the government also slashed tax rates to reduce the burden on businessmen.
“We saved hundreds of crore and as a result we slashed the tax rates. Another good thing that happened was that tax collection went up after we reduced the tax rates,” he added.
The Chief Minister also said that his government priority was on four sectors — education, health, electricity and water.
“We have worked on various things but our main priority is on four sectors — education, health, electricity and water. We believe that spending on health and education is not an expenditure but an investment,” he said.
“When our youth is educated, the government would not have to worry about development, the youth will themselves develop the country. Therefore, we doubled the budget on education by 100 per cent and health by 50 per cent,” Kejriwal noted.
The government has launched a dedicated website, talktoak.com, through which people can directly ask questions to the Chief Minister. A dedicated twitter handle, “@TalkToAK_” has also been created for the programme.
This move holds importance as the AAP is gearing up for assembly elections in Goa, Punjab and Gujarat.
People can also call on 011-23392999 to converse with Kejriwal or directly message on 91-8130344141 to share their opinions.