In the proceedings of the lower house of the parliament today, responding to a query raised by TMC’s Saugata Roy, the Minister for The Minister of State for the ministry of housing and urban affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri responded saying that the Union Government of India didn’t receive any proposal on free rides to women in Delhi Metro by the Delhi government.
However, many media outlets resorted to spreading inaccurate news about the matter claiming that the central government had rejected Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s idea of offering free rides to women in Delhi Metro.
Republic TV had published a report saying that the central government has rejected AAP government’s proposal to offer free rides in Delhi Metro.
Big Setback to Arvind Kejriwal: Centre says no to AAP government’s proposal to make Delhi Metro rides free for womenhttps://t.co/hdBn4VjNZx
— Republic (@republic) June 27, 2019
An article in Times Now read that the BJP government at the centre rejected AAP government’s ‘free metro ride to women’ sop.
In yet another face-off between the Centre and the Delhi government, this time over the ‘free ride’ sops given to women in the national capital region, the central government rejects Aam Aadmi Party’s scheme proposal.https://t.co/kxMB6cp7DD
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) June 27, 2019
Another news outlet, Zee News published an article on a similar line. The report said that the central government has rejected Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s proposal to make Delhi Metro ride free for women.
The aforementioned reports stating that the central government has rejected the scheme of free rides to women in Delhi Metro are grossly misleading. However, in reality, the proposal was not placed before the Union government for them to reject it. The same had been enunciated by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in the parliament stating that they didn’t receive any proposal on free rides to women in Delhi Metro from the Delhi government. Such misleading reports by prominent news organisations lend credence to what appears as a big fat lie affirmed by Arvind Kejriwal.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that there is no need for his government to send any proposal to the central government to implement the free metro ride for women scheme.
Delhi CM: Legally Delhi govt doesn’t need to send a proposal to Centre regarding free ride for women on Delhi Metro. Both Delhi Metro & Delhi govt ready to work on this proposal. Being the Delhi CM, I assure women of Delhi that we will implement free metro ride for women in Delhi https://t.co/CnwNYtM6M6
— ANI (@ANI) June 27, 2019
Kejriwal has again reiterated his promise of giving free metro rides for women in Delhi.