Rai calls officials, 35 MLAs at Delhi Secretariat, gets close to 300 files cleared

Fed up with pendency of files related to development works in villages, AAP minister Gopal Rai today summoned officials and 35 MLAs at the Delhi Secretariat and got nearly 300 files cleared.

Rai, who is Delhi's Development Minister, termed the move as as "unique and necessary" to speed up the work in villages.

According to the minister, 295 files with regard to proposed development works in Delhi's villages had been pending for the last one-and-a-half years as officers were "deliberately" stopping these files.

The last year's budget for Village Development Board (VDB) lapsed because files were not cleared by officers concerned, he alleged.

Talking to reporters here, Rai said that the officers had been citing several "excuses" such as staff crunch.

"Today, all officials concerned and MLAs from 35 Assembly constituencies were asked to be at Delhi Secretariat with all their printers, laptops and clear pending files," Rai said.

He said that till now, the district magistrates and sub-divisional magistrates have cleared 160 files, while the flood and irrigation department has cleared 135.