DDC Vice-Chairman Ashish Khetan Gets Cabinet Minister Perks, But Not Official Status

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
DDC vice-chairman Ashish Khetan (file photo: DNA)

Poor Ashish Khetan. The AAP leader first announced that he had got the status of a cabinet minister as the vice-chairman of the newly instituted Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC). But once the political implications of this largesse became evident, the AAP government quickly denied that he had ministerial status. But it nevertheless let him keep all the goodies entitled to a state cabinet minister.

So what is the Delhi Dialogue Commission? It’s a think-tank set up by the AAP after it took power in Delhi in February. The nine-member DDC’s aim is to implement the poll promises in the party’s manifesto. It will reportedly hold dialogues with different sections of the city’s population on key issues.

As DDC vice-chairman, Khetan will now be entitled to “receive reimbursement on travel, boarding expenses and remuneration on a par with the ministers of Delhi government”, according to a government statement.

This means a government bungalow, official car and a monthly salary. The former journalist will also be entitled to free electricity, telephone and office staff.

The Delhi cabinet has, meanwhile, also decided to provide the experts who are working with the DDC with the same level of accommodation as a secretary in the Delhi administration is entitled to.

“The government has limited resources and expertise and a large pool of talent and knowledge of domain expertise lies outside the government,” Khetan said. “It would be a shame if the government doesn't tap into this vast pool of talent”.

The opposition BJP and Congress have accused the AAP government of accommodating its party leaders and close aides by creating posts in the administration with official perks and offices.

In March the government announced that 21 MLAs would be appointed as parliamentary secretaries of ministers. In previous administrations only the chief minister had a parliamentary secretary.

According to the Indian Express, over 200 people are currently employed in the offices of the chief minister and his cabinet ministers, compared to 98 people under previous administrations.


To Learn More:

AAP leader Ashish Khetan claims 'cabinet' status, Delhi govt denies (IANS)

Ashish Khetan not a Cabinet Minister, clarifies AAP govt in Delhi (ANI)

Govt. sets up Delhi Dialogue Commission (by Sowmiya Ashok, The Hindu)

AAP government to appoint 21 MLAs as Personal Secretaries to ministers (DNA)

Delhi CMO, ministers have over 200 staff; a few on fat pay (Indian Express)


Wesley Keeling 2 weeks ago
Buy millions of sales for direct marketing camapign. See some of the packages we offer below, up to 70% off for our anniversary sale!: USA Business database with 37 million business records, 27 million of those have extended information such as executive email, credit score, etc https://mailbanger.com/2020-usa-business-database-executive-edition 248 million Homeowner/residential records with Name email address phone credit score age ethnicity and so much more to microtarget your advertising campaign https://www.mailbanger.com/2021-usa-homeowner-and-residential-248-million-records Close to million people using weight loss products! Email your ads to all these potential customers! https://mailbanger.com/weight-loss-diet-leads-lists Monthly USA consumer list with 3.5 million leads taken from survey forms of people that want to receive offers! https://mailbanger.com/monthly-usa-sales-leads Business opportunity seekers with name, email phone to gain prospects to help your business flourish! https://mailbanger.com/usa-business-opportunity-seekers We have many more lists for email, telemarketing and direct mail at https://www.mailbanger.com All lists are in Excel format with sortable categories, purchase once, download file and use unlimited. Mailbanger.com is a market research company that compiles data for small to startup businesses to jumpstart their business. We have been in business since 2012. https://www.mailbanger.com

Leave a comment