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An Open Letter to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Hon'ble Chief Minister

Debraj Bhattacharya

Updated: December 28, 2013, 4:22 PM IST
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An Open Letter to Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Hon'ble Chief Minister,

New Delhi
Dear Sir,
As a humble "aam" blogger let me congratulate you on your remarkable success in the New Delhi Assembly Election of 2013. You have already made history by transforming a civil society movement into a successfully political party, a feat unmatched in recent history of India.
I am writing to you to draw your attention to a correspondence I had with AAP on October 10 via e-mail on the plight of migrant workers. The mail from my side and the reply is copied below.
New Delhi has a huge migrant population from different parts of the country. In India nearly 30% of the population consists of migrants. Yet there is no policy on the migrant population. India is becoming more and more urbanised and people from rural India are more and more leaving for the city in search of livelihood. Delhi has a huge migrant population. Yet there is no policy which regulates this process of migration and the migrants are forced to live and work in circumstances that render them second class citizens in their own country.
I humbly request you, Sir, to look into the plight of the migrant workers in Delhi and announce definite policy measures for their well-being.
Yours Sincerely,
Debraj Bhattacharya

Correspondence with Aam Aadmi Party dated 10 October 2013
To whom it may concern,

I am sharing a study on migrants from rural Bihar. While the study is specifically on the situation in three districts of Bihar, there is a long discussion in Appendix on the plight of the migrant workers in different parts of India.

There is also a set of recommendations as to what the government needs to do.

I request Aam Aadmi Party to look into the issue and take it up so that migrant workers have a better future. India at present does not have a migrant labour policy, which is a shame.

Debraj Bhattacharya
Institute of Social Sciences

Dear Sir

Thank you for writing to us. We value the fact that you are a concerned citizen of India.

We would like to tell you that we have setup expert committees on this, and every important issue of national concern. Please see the details at the following link:

These committees have experts from all walks of life; these people are working hard to come up with initial draft of our policy. Once they come up with the draft, we will put it in public domain for more inputs from concerned citizens like you. Then we can finalize our stand on any issue and we shall your report to them.

It is heartening to see that you are participating in the democratic process. We would welcome your active participation in AAP.

Do assist us by spreading the good work of AAP within your network.

Warm Regards,
Swati Jain
Team AAP

First Published: December 28, 2013, 4:22 PM IST