Woman in Delhi can soon travel free on public transport, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on 04 June 2019, days after his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was wiped out in all seven Lok Sabha seats in the recent national election. The Delhi Chief Minister said his government would bear the cost of free rides for women on the Delhi Metro and public buses.
The move, which is yet to be cleared by the center, will be launched in three months, said Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, adding that it would cost the Delhi Government Rs. 700 crore this year. On whether he needed to run the plan by the Centre, given Delhi’s partial statehood status, he replied in the negative.
Those who want to buy tickets are free to do so, they need not take the subsidy. Several women can afford these modes of transport. Those who can afford it, can buy tickets and forgo subsidy so others could benefit.
The AAP chief also said his government was in touch with the city’s power regulator to bring down the fixed charge component of electricity bills. Mr.Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP, which has been ruling Delhi since 2015, was badly jolted by the national election result in which it failed to win even one of the seven Lok Sabha seats. The BJP retained all the seats, a sign that AAP may be in trouble as Delhi goes for assembly polls next year.