New Delhi, June 6: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said there was a concrete plan and money to implement the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's scheme to provide free Metro and bus travel to women.
His statement came after Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep S Puri took a potshot at AAP's scheme, earlier in the day saying that the Delhi Government had announced the scheme without submitting the proposal for the Centre's approval and asked where was the proposal.
''Schemes are not prepared like this, without making any proposal,'' he said. ''It is not that a scheme is announced first and then a proposal is prepared,'' Mr Puri had said.
Responding, Mr Sisodia addressing a joint press conference along with Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot here said ''With all due respect I want to tell Mr Puri that the Delhi government has a plan and money both. We want Mr Puri to give his blessings to us so that we complete our work efficiently. In the last three years, the Delhi Transport Minister, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and me, all of us have done several meetings and a very effective plan is coming out. Let everything get finalised, then we will keep it before all.''
''We are also getting feedback from the public -- they are telling us about their problems, giving suggestions. The Delhi government has a very concrete plan for women to travel free in cluster buses, DTC buses and also in Metro. We have a complete plan, and there is also no dearth of money. I am the Finance Minister, so I know the status. The Delhi government will work whole-heartedly for Delhiites especially women,'' he said.
Mr Gahlot said, ''today at 1000 hrs, the Managing Director, DMRC, the Managing Director, DTC and the Transport Commissioner held a meeting for the free travel scheme. So officially there is a continuous meeting and communication going on.''