CM Kejriwal asks FICCI women entrepreneurs why women love AAP

CM Kejriwal asks FICCI women entrepreneurs why women love AAP

 By Varun Bhardwaj:
New Delhi, December 14, 2019: Addressing a women’s annual program at FICCI organized by FICCI women wing, CM Arvind Kejriwal said that a recent survey of one constituency has revealed that 90% of women were voting for Aam Aadmi Party in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections. “I knew that women are strong AAP supporters, but I did not know that their love for AAP is so strong,” he said. The Chief Minister asked women entrepreneurs the reason for their love and support for Aam Aadmi Party. A woman entrepreneur said that we love the Aam Aadmi Party because the AAP does everything for them. Another woman said that AAP is improving the school system. One woman explained that AAP has eliminated the basic issues of women in Delhi. Thereafter, the Chief Minister thanked everybody. He told the women that he believes women need opportunities. “Today, our system does not give them a chance. If they get a better chance, they will excel in all fields,” he said.
The Chief Minister said, “At this time women are feeling very insecure about their safety. There is a feeling that we can never have a system that keeps women safe. We are thinking about what can be done on women’s security. But is this not what people would think about corruption too? But in our first 49-day government, we had the anti-corruption branch with us and corruption was abolished.”
More than 88% of women happy with free bus ride scheme, not many schemes garner such popularity: CM  Arvind Kejriwal
“The Delhi government has initiated a free-ridership scheme for women in DTC buses. In another survey conducted by the Indian Express, more than 88% of women have said they are extremely happy and satisfied with our free bus ridership scheme for women. Several governments launch several schemes but rarely does a scheme garner such high levels of support, popularity, and acceptance by the people. When we started this scheme, some leaders and intellectuals opposed the scheme to a huge extent. They criticized the free rides scheme for women with an argument claiming the scheme is against gender equality and why only women should get free rides? I have asked this time and again, does India even have gender equality, to begin with? Do women get equal opportunities and respect in our country? The working population of Delhi entails only 11% of women and 89% of men. 33% of women travel via public transportation and 67% of men travel. 30% of women and 70% of men travel in DTC buses. Can we say that women get equal rights in the country? We initiated the free ridership for women scheme on 28th-29th October 2019, and the women ridership has now reached 42% from 30%.”
FLO FICCI women’s organization President said, “Politics has changed. People are performers are now gaining success in this field. Chief Minister Shri  Arvind Kejriwal has become the face of change of politics, and he is the biggest example of this.”
The free bus rides scheme have given women freedom: CM Shri  Arvind Kejriwal”The women of our country are waiting for such avenues to participate in the economy of the country. Women want opportunities. If they’re given opportunities, they are waiting in the wings to leverage them. We have such sections in the society where female foeticide is still prevalent. I have heard a lot of stories after the induction of the free bus ride scheme. I recently met a girl who was not allowed to take admission in a faraway college in Delhi because the traveling costs were very high. She told me this time she will go to college no matter how far her college is. A woman who got a job far from home was told by her family not to take it up because she would not save much after travel costs. But the woman said now she will take up that job. A woman suffering from a heart problem used to visit GTB Hospital, and even though her treatment was free, she wanted to consult other hospitals for the treatment. Because of the free bus rides scheme, several women have now been empowered both economically and socially. When we launched this scheme, even we did not realize just how much freedom this one scheme will provide for women,” said the CM.
If corruption from Delhi can be abolished in 49 days, women’s safety can also be ensured in the country: CM Arvind Kejriwal
The Chief Minister said, “At this time women are feeling very insecure about their safety. There is a feeling that we can never have a system that keeps women safe. We are thinking about what can be done on women’s security. But is this not what people would think about corruption too? But in our first 49-day government, we had the anti-corruption branch with us and corruption was abolished. We advised the people to record the instance of corruption and forward the recording to a WhatsApp number. We had jailed 32 officers for corruption during our 49-day government. The bureaucracy was in shock. It had rattled the system and officials had stopped demanding bribes. As soon as I resigned, the same corrupt system returned. Officials were asked to return the bribes. What happened in those 49 days? People developed faith in their government and their chief minister.
They thought our government is standing behind us. People gained confidence in us. If corruption can be abolished from Delhi within 49 days, then women’s security can also be ensured. People criticized us saying that free bus ride scheme is a very expensive step, and the money could have been used for something else. The scheme has cost the Delhi government ₹140 crores. A Chief Minister of some other state has spent Rs. 191 crores on a private jet recently. The same government money was spent by me on the free travel scheme instead of using it on my own needs. If corruption and unnecessary spending stop, there will be no shortage of funds with the government. ”
Women must be given confidence that police will act on their complaints: CM Arvind Kejriwal
“Women will have to be given confidence that the government is with you. I want to ask, how many of you will call the police in a difficult situation? In the Telangana case, when the girl felt threatened, she did not feel confident to call the Police. She called her sister instead. This is because we hear on a daily basis that the police refuses to file FIRs on women’s complaint and instead exploits them. I am not talking about one state’s police force. This is a general comment about our police system, that we have inherited from the British Raj. The question is, can the police system ever be fixed? Can people regain faith in the policing system?” said the Chief Minister.
If the system can change, so can the police change: CM Shri  Arvind Kejriwal
“People used to ask this question about government schools and government hospitals. Over 70 years, people had lost confidence in government schools. But in the last five years, the transformation of our government schools is being talked about not only in our country but across the world. We did not do this with the help of some teachers from foreign countries like the USA or Japan. It was the same people, the same teachers and the same principals in the system. What changed was the message from the top, the politics changed. We got the message from the people, that if we do good work, people are with us,” added the CM.
Individuals in the policing system are very good, it is the system that needs to improve: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
The Chief Minister said, “I believe that police have the ability to provide security to women. Individuals in the police force are very good people. They need the message from the top that now we have to make a secure environment for women. I am sure they have the capacity to make the city secure for women. If corruption from Delhi can be abolished in 49 days, women’s safety can also be ensured in the country.”
I am doing whatever is possible to ensure women safety in Delhi: CM  Arvind Kejriwal
The Chief Minister said, “I am trying to do whatever is possible at my level to improve the situation for women’s security. Delhi is the national capital of the country, and I believe every citizen of Delhi must have access to top-quality government services. Delegates from several nations are coming to witness government health and education improvements, but it disappoints me that Delhi is regarded as the ‘rape capital’ of India. I am doing whatever I can to increase the safety of women in Delhi. I have deployed 13000 bus marshals to deal with the problem of eve-teasing and harassment inside buses. We motivated them, we held a meeting with all of them in a stadium, where I told them I will take care of your needs but you have to keep buses secure for women. Recently one bus marshal identified a suspicious-looking man was taking a little girl with him. The marshal immediately shut the doors down and apprehended the man. It turned out she was kidnapped from a railway station and the girl was rescued. You all will be happy to know, that a lot of women have been appointed as bus marshals now. Someone asked me, how will women combat miscreants in buses? I gave him the example of a bus marshal Geeta Devi who bravely captured a pickpocket from a bus and handed him to the police. We are hearing many other stories of bravery shown by women bus marshals.”
Government schools have garnered respect for girl students: CM   Kejriwal
The Chief Minister said, “I have met many families where the girl goes to a government school and boy in a private school. For many years, girls would feel inferior because they thought their education was not important. I recently met a girl who told me that her brother would receive quality private education but I would receive education in a government school due to lack of money. But the level of education in government schools has improved in such a way that I am receiving a better education than my brother. Now after the revolutionary change in government schools, girls tell me they look at their brothers in the eye and feel like equals. Their schools have swimming schools, unlike the private schools, their brothers are enrolled in. This is giving an entire generation of girls immense confidence. I have seen the data, more than 60% of students in government schools are girls. We are providing better education to girls now.”
“In a recent interactive program with government school children in the presence of the Hon’ble CJI, Hon’ble LG, and Dy CM of Delhi and 5000 school students. The kind of confidence I saw in the girls in that program the way they were talking in public was just amazing. It will be one of these girls who will become the next CM of Delhi and the PM of India,” added the CM.
Questions by women entrepreneurs
How do you prepare yourself for this role you are in?
The CM said, “Nobody knew who Shri  Arvind Kejriwal is 6-7 years ago. I come from an ordinary family and that is my biggest strength. I have felt the pain of leading a life as an ordinary person. Even today we have tried to maintain the same kind of life as a family.”
Which is your favorite policy that you have implemented?
“My favorite is the free bus rides for women. I know many women in this hall may not use DTC buses. But I would urge you to take a ride one day and talk to the women. The sparkle in their eyes is just amazing. The kind of opportunities this has opened up for them is phenomenal. Second is education. The future of 16 lakh children was destined to be in darkness. But now they have a real chance of making it in life,” said the CM.

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