- Posted October 22, 2013 by
Freehold, New Jersey
Why Aam Aadmi Party Narela may be a catalyst for change
As Narela wakes up every morning to traffic jams, the residents have one thing on their minds. Have they saved up enough drinking water to last another day. Private Water tanker companies that make mega bucks supply a large portion of potable drinking water to Narela homes. When the rains hit this large Delhi constituency with over Eight hundred thousand people, the roads look like a swimming pool with treacherous potholes that can break down vehicles. The traffic slows down to a halt and the silent sewage spills into homes, shops, school gates and even reaches the primary health care centers. As cases of diarrhea and malaria multiply, Narela runs out of health care options. There is no major hospital with ICU facilities that can handle large outbreaks of waterborne infections. Inadequate public facilities is just part of the story of this neglected Delhi constituency. Narela is not doing well on the social front either with an embarrassingly low gender ratio (770 females per 1000 males). Now that it is election time, political parties are in a fray to preserve the status quo. Aam Adami Party’s candidate Baljeet Singh Mann, is going against the tide by making Change as the theme of his campaign.
Baljeet Singh Mann comes from a family of freedom fighters. Mann’s father served the Azad Hind Fauz during the Second World War. Mann has been pushing for Delhi Metro Service to be extended to Narela to bring new economic opportunities to Narela constituency. The extension of Metro will go a long way to unclog the roadways and reduce high levels of pollution. He argues in support of expanding the SRHC Hospital Narela to include surgical and ICU facilities. The addition of these critical health facilities would save many lives during outbreaks of dengue, hepatitis and infant diarrhea. Waterborne diseases are here to stay, unless we work on fixing the public sanitation in our constituency, explains Mann. The situation is alarming in Metro Vihar where open sludge surrounds the high density dwellings of families that live in these deplorable conditions. Similarly, in Narela village, in the absence of storm drainage, rain water flows into the streets and the residents have to routinely wade through knee deep water.
Looking beyond public Health, Mann wants to address the wider social problem of abysmally low female ratio in his constituency. He wants to take forward the AAP Women's Security Forces initiative and set up units across his constituency. “For women to pursue education and join the workforce in larger numbers, it is imperative that we not only have adequate security for women but also encourage families to raise daughters and sons with the equal pride and equal opportunity,” he argues.
Mann is in the forefront of AAP movement against corruption and has spoken about bringing complete transparency to local governance. Mann is looking forward to full public participation in deciding how public money is spent on projects that benefit his constituents. He explains, “What public projects get funded and how these projects are monitored and how contractors get paid would require ongoing public engagement.“ For Mann anything is possible provided his constituents can become equal partners in AAP’s initiative to give power back to the people.