Kejriwal´s Diwali gift to Delhi: free bus rides for women and higher minimum wage

Women in delhi can travel free and feel safe in DTC and cluster buses.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal stays committed to women’s safety and workers’ rights in Delhi. As part of the AAP government scheme in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal announced yesterday that women in Delhi can travel for free on DTC buses. Along with that, he announced that the number of marshals in Delhi buses to be increased to 13,000 from today. At present, there are 3,400 marshals in the DTC buses.

In his address  to the newly recruited bus marshals he said- “Today, I am entrusting you all with a responsibility to ensure the safety of women in each government bus and generate confidence in them so that they feel the comfort of a home in our buses,”

In his address, he said that this is his gift for Bhai Dooj to the sisters and mothers of Delhi, to make their commute easier and safer in the city. Delhi government also plans to extend free rides to students and senior citizens.

He also announced that such a safety measure has not been done in any city in the world.

CM Arvind kejriwal and Education minister Manish Sisodia tweeted about it on social media

“Free-ride for women in Delhi buses has started from today. Congratulations Delhi! Apart from women’s safety, it will also increase the role of women in Delhi economy…,” Manish Sisodia said in a tweet in Hindi.

He is getting a lot of praise as well as flak for his move. Some call it a political move ahead of elections. Though many women have praised the announcement and shared photos of pink tickets on Bhai dooj on social media.

Women will be given pink tickets in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and cluster buses to avail of the free-ride scheme. The Delhi government will reimburse transporters based on the number of pink tickets issued.

Hike in Minumum wage in Delhi

Along with the announcement of marshals for buses, Delhi CM, Kejriwal also announced the new minimum wages for workers. Minimum wages have been revised to Rs. 14,842 per month from 8,632 per month for unskilled labour; Rs 16,341 from Rs 9,542 for semi-skilled labour; and 17,991 from 10,471 for skilled labour.

The hike, which was approved by the Supreme Court last week, is expected to benefit around 5 lakh workers in the capital, Kejriwal said, conceding that the implementation of the new rates will be a challenge.

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