It is amazing what is happening on the ground, what people are experiencing ! This is the classic case of what leadership can really do….
Political parties and the ‘PM’ contenders may be throwing a lot of garbage at AAP and Kejri, the anarchic CM as they say, but on the ground the transformation is unparalleled… And these transformations are not limited to Delhi alone, the impact is being experienced across the country, on the ground, not to talk of governments of various states revising downwards the electricity rates, unprecedented in India…
As a common man and a citizen of this country, I am sharing my own experiences and interactions with fellow men and women who have been in my journey of life , about the transformations that they have experienced in the last one month of the AAP and Kejri’s government.
A. Water Works
Indira, my wife, shared the very day, Dec 08, when the results of Delhi Assembly elections are coming out; “What has happened to the Delhi Jal Board; the phone that was never picked all these years, is responding to every call of mine as we have not received water today.” There was a pipe burst that prevented water from reaching home. The Delhi Jal Board even responded to the call at night 11, to comfort us to go to bed with a promise that, by the time we are awake the next day, water would reach our home!
It is surprising to see, water supply is happening 24X7 from the days of one hour supply earlier this month. This continuous supply is also detrimental as I see, as people tend to waste!
I go to drop our daughter to the school bus, which comes to the stand in front of a school. A couple of weeks ago I noticed a banner on the outer wall of the school which said to the effect, “if you have any issues or complaints against this school, kindly take it up with the school proactively; if the school does not respond then call your regional Education Officer <name>, <mobile no., <email id>.. if the officer does not respond… call your Education minister <name>, <mobile no.> and <email id>” Such messages were seen on all schools in Delhi since then. Imagine what would be happening with schools communication and response system!!
C. Delhi Police and Traffic Cops
My rath-sarathi, Vishal, (driver) of five years was sharing the other day, “sir, bahut badlav agaya (sir, big change happened)”. I asked him what is it about? He shared that the cops have become very people-friendly and they have completely stopped harassing the truck drivers on the road for bribes as they used to do earlier. If they stop any truck, they are checking all the relevant documents and not taking any money! “All of us, drivers, when we are chatting with one another, talk about these stories only”
D. The Auto Rickshaws going by meter, The chaiwallas reducing the rates..
Interesting to find that the chailwallas have reduced their rates by a rupee or two on Delhi streets!! “Haft dena bandh ho gaya hai, tho aapke chai ke dham bhi kam kar diye humne!” The Auto rickshaw driver, surprisingly was taking the ‘savari’ by the meter… when asked why he did not demand the way he used to… His response was very similar to the chaiwalla, “he was needed to bribe any policemen now and hence the meter is good enough to fend himself and his family” !
E. The impact of AAP and Kejri’s government, shaking other governments?!
I was in a board meeting of a corporate, and one of my fellow eminent board-member, an elderly gentleman from Mumbai, was sharing that, “I went to the Brihan Mumbai Municipal office a dozen times over the last one year to solve a simple problem of our colony. Never got a response! I was surprised to get a call from the concerned official very recently, telling me that he is coming home to figure about the problem. Indeed, he came home, went around with me and is taking actions; I have not experienced such a thing in my life. Kejriwal and his team has unusual ways of solving things. CM staging a Dharna, may not be heard of in India, but it is paying off every where. Every government and political party in every state is pulling up their socks. A very good thing happened”
I am sure, each one of you will have a story or two to share….. That is a good beginning…
If you are keen, you can read previous story that I wrote a couple of weeks ago, on how
AAP and Kejri, evolving rapidly on the curve of three-stage of acknowledgement