Media Coverage | 18-03-2021
Lokmat Maharashtrian of The Year Awards ceremony
Delhi chief minister shares ‘Mann ki baat’ with Vijay Darda
New Delhi, March 15
After the success of AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) in Gujarat, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is preparing to focus on Goa and elsewhere in the country.
Kejriwal opened his mind while speaking to chairman of the editorial board of Lokmat Media and former member of Rajya Sabha Vijay Darda during the “Maharashtrian of the Year Awards” ceremony in New Delhi.
In response to Darda’s questions, Kejriwal said, “The secret of government’s popularity is my efforts to give priority to the issues of the common people. The resources of the government were used to fulfil their basic needs such as education, health, electricity and water which the previous governments continued to ignore.
“From our government’s budget, it was decided to spend 25 per cent on education and 15 per cent on health. The government schools were upgraded to match private institutes and free medical facilities were provided to every resident of New Delhi.
“The government school teachers were sent abroad for better training and they were even trained by top management institutes of the country like IIM, Ahmedabad so that they can educate the students in a better way,” he said.
Delhi chief minister said if the governments of other states meet the basic needs of the people then those states may also become as popular as the Delhi government.
Touching upon the personal aspects of Kejriwal’s life as well, Darda asked how Kejriwal became a ‘good boy’ from a ‘bad boy’? The chief minister laughed off on hearing the question saying that the media had ‘Seen me as a bad boy’.
While praising Lokmat, Kejriwal said today Lokmat Media has become synonymous with Maharashtra.
The services of the common people identified by Lokmat later get recognition in the whole country, he added.
On the occasion, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation commissioner Astik Kumar Pandey and the head of Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) Tatyarao Lahane were honoured with the “Maharashtrian of the Year Awards”.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale, MP Kumar Ketkar, Srinivas Patil, Imtiaz Jalil, Sunil Mende and Ramdas Tadas were among those who attended the ceremony.