After facing a 14-hour-long raid by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was back to work on Saturday. He held departmental meetings at Delhi Secretariat and also took decisions related to public welfare.
Earlier in the day, Sisodia held a press conference before embarking on his regular routine. Sisodia chaired a crucial meeting with senior officials of the power department, DISCOMs, and other departments concerned at the Delhi Secretariat. The agenda of the meeting was to simplify the process of opting in and opting out of the power subsidy offered by the Delhi Government.
In a statement released by the government, Sisodia stated, “Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his government always strive to ensure that its services reach every citizen in Delhi. We have decided to simplify the procedure for opting in for power subsidy. We will soon release a phone number where consumers can drop a missed call or WhatsApp to register their choice for the power subsidy.”
In May this year, Kejriwal announced to make the power subsidy optional from October 1. As of now, Delhiites get the first 200 units of power free. It was stated that the decision of making the subsidy optional was taken after the Aam Aadmi Party was criticized by the Opposition for giving the freebie.
Sisodia has been named, along with 12 others, in the FIR registered by the CBI in connection with irregularities in Delhi Excuse Policy 2021-22. The sleuths of CBI conducted raids in 31 locations, including Sisodia’s residence, on Friday.
Sisodia, however, refuted all charges against him and termed the action by the probe agency as the act of “political vendetta” carried out on the behest of the Central Government.
Besides, Kejriwal has also announced that he and Sisodia will be visiting Gujarat on Monday to talk about Delhi’s health and education model among the people of the state.