Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday directed officials to go ahead with the installation of CCTV cameras in the national capital without seeking any approval from the police, as suggested by panel appointed by the Lt Governor.
The move came a day after Chief Minister had an interactive session with hundreds of RWAs and market associations. The Chief Minister announced that 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras would be installed in Delhi in coming months.
Kejriwal reportedly held a meeting on Monday with PWD Minister Satyendra Jain and the other officials on the mass installation of CCTVs after which he gave a go-ahead to the project without prior approval from police.
Kejriwal asked the PWD to bring a note in the next cabinet meeting for the same.
Meanwhile, Delhi’s AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj accuse the L-G of misleading people on installation of CCTVs in residential areas and markets.
After Kejriwal’s public meeting with the RWAs and market associations, the LG office in his statement had said that the draft rules put out for public suggestions/ objections feedback by the panel formed under the principal secretary (Home) only prescribed a “reporting mechanism” for CCTVs and not a “licencing mechanism”.
Bharadwaj said the reasons being given by the office of the L-G to justify “licence raj” were baseless and lacked any reasonable justification.
“The L-G’s office needs tell residents of Delhi how CCTV cameras at entry/exit gates of residential areas and in market places are a breach of privacy,” Bharadwaj remarked.
“It is extremely unfortunate that the L-G of Delhi, who is responsible for maintenance of law and order in the city, in place of supporting the elected government in its endeavor of strengthening public security by making budgetary provisions, is for purely political reasons raising baseless objections with ulterior motives,” Bharadwaj added.