Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Photo Source: PTI)
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday came out to aware netizens against escalating dengue and chikungunya across the capital, as part of his government's "10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute" campaign, launched on September 1. Under the "10 Weeks-10 O'clock-10 Minutes" campaign, a mass awareness programme, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader every Sunday inspects his residence to check if there is any stagnant water, which can lead to the breeding of Aedes mosquitoes that spread such vector-borne diseases.
While conducting the exercise at his residence today, the chief minister also spoke to News Nation and said the state government is taking all possible steps to tackle dengue and pollution in the city. When prodded on BJP Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari's letter over Odd-Even scheme, Kejriwal did not seem bothered and asserted that let them do all these. Tiwari on Saturday dashed a letter to Kejriwal, asking him to reconsider his plan to roll out 'odd-even' again this November and termed the scheme as a "gimmick".
In a bid to curb pollution during the upcoming winter season in the national capital, Kejriwal on Friday announced his government's seven-point 'Parali' Winter Action Plan. The measures to check pollution in Delhi includes distribution of masks, mechanised sweeping of roads, tree plantation, a return of the much-debated odd-even car-rationing scheme and special plans for 12 pollution hot spots in the city.
During today's campaign to aware people against mosquito-borne diseases, the chief minister also addressed various regional problems raised by the natives. Earlier, the AAP leader appealed to all ministers, MLAs and the public to begin the mega-campaign from their own homes and spend 10 minutes every Sunday to make sure there is no stagnant water in and around their homes.
Besides, the Delhi government is also planning to partner with over 3,000 RWAs across the national capital to intensify its ongoing '10 Hafte 10 Baje 10 Minute' campaign. The RWAs, who pledge their support will be urged to participate in the campaign by carrying out checking in their respective areas, especially the common areas like parking, terrace and etc.
As part of its anti-dengue campaign, Kejriwal will address a gathering of resident welfare associations on September 24. On Saturday, the government signed MoUs with RWA apex bodies - URJA and Citizens Alliance - to reach out to RWAs across Delhi in a "big way". The '10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute' campaign will be carried out every Sunday till November 15.