Woman in Delhi can soon travel free on public transport, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today, days after his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was wiped out in all seven Lok Sabha seats in the recent national election.
The move, which is yet to be cleared by the centre, will be launched in three months, said Mr 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.
Officers have been given a week to prepare a detailed report after which a proposal will be brought in the cabinet, he said. The Delhi Metro is partly run by the central government.
“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,” he explained.
The Delhi Chief Minister said his government would bear the cost of free rides for women on the Delhi Metro and public buses.
“Delhi is the only government that is honest and is spending your money on facilities and is still running on profit,” Mr Kejriwal said. “Right now our concern is the safety of women. There are questions regarding the metro, but we will let you know how the proposal evolves at every step,” he added.
This decision of Kejriwal received various kind of reactions from the twitter using Women and from Men as well. Check out some of them here :
The FREE rides to FREE electricity – @ArvindKejriwal why do you want to put metro and other organisations in debt?! And the blame the Central Government for not helping you with funds! I Feel Its a Total Scam! #ArvindKejriwal #FreeMetroForWomen
— Pooja Bhatia (@psifier) June 3, 2019
Free ride for #women in delhi metro seems like a totally stupid decisionl
If free ride for poor people would have been a decision dn it could have make sense
It will effect in a #economy
— Angel Princess (@MghUzjo) June 3, 2019
Between CM who gift Sweing machine to rapists doesn’t even deserve to speak on women’s Safety..Remember this..?? pic.twitter.com/Y9FP1iayVp
— 🇮🇳Sapna Mishra (@ISapnaMishra) June 3, 2019
No thank you! We Mumbaikars like to pay for our own rides. This should have done only for the poor, all genders. I don’t want a crutch just coz I’m a woman. #Delhi #ArvindKejriwal https://t.co/s6AcuEOrmi
— Promita Mukherjee (@promzzz) June 3, 2019
— Karan Gupta (@GuptaKaran971) June 3, 2019
— Mayank (@mindfreakMayank) June 3, 2019
— Priyanka❤️ (@setia_pankaj) June 3, 2019
— TwiitterFly (@NishAgrawal) June 3, 2019
— (`◕‿◕´) 🅢🅗🅡🅤🅣🅘 (`◕‿◕´) (@proud_2beIndian) June 3, 2019
Girls don’t need free travel. Give it to the poor and needy or to senior citizens.
— Shivali Jamwal (@shivalirashu) June 3, 2019
What do you think on these reactions and the decision of Kejriwal ?? Comment your views below !!