New Delhi: Turning their focus back on the vote-bank after being inundated by a deluge of controversies, the Delhi government has constituted a Group of Ministers (GoM) to attract the voters living in unauthorized, resettlement colonies and rural areas.

The decision to set up the GoM was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. The Group of Ministers will be headed by Urban Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and will include Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and Labour Minister Ramakant Goswami.

It is to be noted that the Congress has won three consecutive elections under the leadership of Shelia Dixit with voters of unauthorised colonies playing a major role in two of them. However, these voters are feeling cheated and dejected these days.

To lure this vote bank in the last election, the Delhi government had provided them provisional certificates with a promise to regularise the unauthorised colonies soon. But despite a long wait, absence of any response by the government in this regard is leading to resentment among the voters.

About three lakh people reside in 4300 unauthorised colonies in the capital, who are regarded as loyal Congress supporters.  The government has initiated the regularisation process of 1600 unauthorised colonies while the  Municipal Corporation of Delhi has finalised the boundary work of some unauthorised colonies last week.

Dikshit said, “In addition to unauthorized colonies, the GoM will also consider all aspects of the problems of slums, resettlement colonies and urbanized villages.”

The GoM has been asked to report within a month while the Cabinet will also consider its recommendations.

(JPN/Bureau)