Published: 16th August 2022
Ready to work with Centre on education, health; don't call them "freebies", urges Delhi CM Kejriwal
The Prime Minister used 'revdi' as a metaphor for freebies being promised by some parties to woo voters and said the people, especially the youth
On Tuesday, August 16, Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to make use of the Government of Delhi's expertise in improving school education and healthcare facilities across India and make the country number one in the world.
The Chief Minister also made an appeal to the BJP-led Union government to not term free education and health care facilities as "freebies", as stated in a report by PTI.
It may be noted that there has been a political tug of war over the issue of freebies as the BJP accused Kejriwal of using it as a "bait" to trap people for power.
It was just last month that the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, after inaugurating the Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh, cautioned people against what he called the "revdi culture" of offering freebies for garnering votes and said it is "very dangerous" for the development of the country.
The Prime Minister used 'revdi' as a metaphor for freebies being promised by some parties to woo voters and said the people, especially the youth, should guard against it.
"We are ready to work with the Centre to improve health services and education. I also request Centre to stop calling them freebies," Kejriwal said at a press conference held virtually.
There is a need to open government schools on a large scale, improve them, regularise guest teachers and train teachers for children's future.
Then India can become a "rich country", the Delhi chief minister and AAP national convener said.
"All this can be done in five years. We have done this. I urge the Centre to use our expertise to improve government schools and healthcare facilities. All state governments can work together," Kejriwal said.