CCTV issue: CM, colleagues sit on dharna near LG office

Henrietta Strickland
May 15, 2018

The dharna began around 3.30 pm and ended at 6.40 pm with Mr Kejriwal vowing to reach out to the people and to tell them that "BJP and the L-G are disrupting the installation of CCTV cameras in the city".

In its 2015 manifesto election, the Aam Aadmi Party had promised to install at least 10 lakh CCTV cameras in the city for the security of women.

During the two-kilometre march, they raised slogans against the L-G and the BJP. "Chief Minister conveniently ignored the actual fact that his own Cabinet has not even as yet considered the departmental proposal for CCTV".

Kejriwal and his colleagues sat on "dharna" after the police officials deployed at L-G Anil Baijal's office told the Chief Minister that he and his ministers can meet Baijal, but the AAP legislators will not be allowed to go with them. This was enough to trigger a dharna by Arvind Kejriwal and his company.

"How come L-G refuses to meet the elected representatives of the state".

Talking to media, Kejriwal said that the L-G had refused to meet AAP legislators.

The move prompted AAP leaders to sit on a "dharna" which lasted for nearly three hours. "The standard operating procedures formulated by the Home Department of the Delhi government will be applicable in NDMC to ensure privacy and security in overall public interest".

Significantly, the L-G did not pass any order stopping the government from installing CCTVs.

Before sitting of the protest, the AAP leaders had taken out a march from Kejriwal's official residence in Civil Lines area to Baijal's office to urge the L-G for "not stalling" the project under "pressure from the BJP". In view of LGs committee, NDMC has also stopped further installation of cameras.

On the issue of allowing other agencies to install CCTV cameras without any hindrance, the L-G's office's statement said, "The fact that more than two lakh cameras have already been installed in the city without coordination highlights the need for a proper framework in which all CCTVs in public places installed in Delhi should work with a common objective of law enforcement, prevention and investigation of crimes and goal in a coordinated, purposeful and regulated manner". CM prefers to "protest without reason".

Kejriwal reiterated that the committee formed by the LG was a "disguise" to stall the CCTV project in the national capital. "Creating such a hue and cry over that only means that the Delhi government is only politicising the issue", he said. "I will meet him along with the ministers and the MLAs", Mr Kejriwal said.

The Chief Minister has charged the Lt-Governor with blocking the project on installation of CCTV cameras in the city after Mr Baijal constituted a "committee" to evolve a standard operating procedure/framework for installation, operation and monitoring of CCTVs.

"PWD received bids for 1.4 lakh CCTVs including 2,000 CCTVs cameras for New Delhi area".

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