It's ironic that our national capital Delhi, which is often termed as a world-class metro, still has more 360 under-developed villages in it. The development of these villages has received cursory attention compared to urban areas. People inhabiting them seem confined in cramped and unhealthy pockets by the Lal Dora (Red Line), both literally and figuratively, which has reduced them to living in inhuman conditions lacking in basic civic services such as water, power, healthcare and good education. What is even more alarming is that these villages are not under any ward or rural panchayat, which leaves the fate of the villagers in a pitiful state.
As someone who hails from a village, which is Anandpur in Haryana, I have continually tried to bring attention to it through rallies and padyatras. The work began in Alipur, where 19 villages were seeking fair compensation for the lands acquired from them. It was discovered that the market prices for the lands had gone up to Rs. 3 crore per acre and the Delhi government's offer was a paltry sum of Rs. 75 lakhs per acre. They received a smidgen for their agricultural lands which were then resold for huge profits. Adding to the villagers' woes, the government brought in a provision that the farmers who owned up to 8 acres would have to sell all their land as one, restricting their option of selling it in smaller chunks. The government's insensitivity to these villagers was stark and rude. It is also surprising that in the master plan 2021, DDA does not show any population in these villages, though people have been living there since 1908. Nineteen of these villages where no population was shown have municipal roads in it. Further, many of these lands were declared fit for agriculture so it does not allow the villagers to set-up shops or homes.
Another issue is that of property tax. I find it is unfair to make people pay for the amenities they never receive. I led a delegation of representatives of 369 villages and met the Municipal Commissioner K.S. Mehra. We demanded the abolition of property tax, by amending Delhi Municipal Corporation Act. I reasoned that if income from agriculture is exempt from tax then it is irrational to levy property tax on that land. In fact no tax was recovered from the original residents of the rural areas before 2004. I appealed to the MCD to immediately suspend the sending of notices to the villagers as several officials were found threatening the people with MCD notices. The occurrence of this atrocity was admitted by the Commissioner himself. I also sought a meeting of an assembly house to pass a resolution in this regard so that no taxes could be levied on the villages. Emphasis needs to be given on offering government jobs to the original residents of these villages under special quota. The same quota could be extended for educational opportunities as well.
Vision for Delhi
My visions for Delhi stems from these inspiring words of Swami Vivekanada. I sincerely believe that Delhi has enough number of brave, bold men and women who can make it not only one of the best cities.
My vision for Delhi is that it should be a city of opportunities where peopleRead More
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Delhi Villages Delhi has 369 villages which, though called as Urban Villages but, continue to suffer from developmental inequalities. The basic infrastructure is in such a sorrow state that some villagesRead More
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Water, though being one of the most precious resources on the earth, is availabile in limited amount. Hence it's necessary that due management of the water resources is taken for the existence of life.Read More
Healthcare The Delhi government being the major health service provider is responsible for the healthcare services in Delhi but due to lack of planning and vision of Delhi governmentRead More
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Vijay on Issues
Delhi Villages It's ironic that our national capital Delhi, which is often termed as a world-class metro, still has over 360 under-developed villages in it. These villages are detached from the city and seem unaware of the tremendous progress all around them.Read More
Education is a progressive discovery of our ignorance. Hence it's imperative in the interest of societal development that its children and youth are well educated. It's a shame that Delhi despite being the capital of India is not fully literate whereas a small state like Kerala has attained 100% literacy.Read More
Water is vital for the existence of life but we need to realize that like all the other resources it is not unlimited and, going by the experts' opinion, the next war could be fought because of it.Read More
Housing To own a home, irrespective of the size, is a dream cherished by many. I understand this sentiment and that is why I championed the cause to help protect the applicants who were promised homes and felt cheated by the Delhi government.Read More
Power is one of the basic amenities of life happens to be a matter of great concern for the citizens of Delhi. Faulty meters, power shortage and inflated power bills are the most common grievances faced by every other citizen.Read More
Youth Development Youth is the backbone of our country's progress and we all need to work towards their overall development. Apart from providing training & employment in traditional careers I have always encouraged active youth participation in politics.Read More
I believe the youth is the backbone of our country's progress and I have always worked towards their overall development.Read More
Chandni Chowk I have a keen interest in exploring and learning about culture, traditions and Heritage. Chandni Chowk, my former parliamentary constituency, is a perfect example of the multicultural and multi-religious India.Read More