Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet were seen in full flow on their first day in power. An order was passed to prohibit the demolition of slums and initiatives were taken towards providing cheaper electricity and water for the inhabitants of the national capital.
The departments of finance and power were directed to "immediately send their proposals for implementation of the election promises to slash electricity tariffs by 50 percent till the audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General of the private power companies (discoms) is completed, and also on the provision of lifeline water (up to 20,000 litres for every household per month)", after the first cabinet meeting of the party, reports The Indian Express.
Claiming that it was taking a "holistic view" on the current policy of carrying out demolitions of residential premises and jhuggis, the government said that no agency should indulge in bulldozing acts till the policy review is completed.
The New Delhi Municipal Council, Delhi Jal Board, East, South & North municipal corporations & the environment and forests department were some of the major agencies to which the directions were issued.
"In case any demolition has already been planned or are in the pipeline, the agency concerned shall seek prior approval of the urban development minister," the government said.
Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is in charge of the urban development portfolio.