Kejriwal requested the BJP-led Union government to not call free education and healthcare facilities “freebies”.
There has been political enmity over the issue of freebies with the BJP accusing Kejriwal of using them as ‘bait’ to attract voters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned against the “revdi culture” of giving away free things to get votes and said it is “very dangerous” for the growth of the nation after inaugurating the Bundelkhand Expressway in Uttar Pradesh last month.
Modi used ‘revdi’ as a metaphor for freebies being assured by some parties to win over voters and said the people, especially the youth, should guard against it.
“We are ready to work with the Centre to improve health services and education. I also request the Centre to stop calling them freebies”, Kejriwal said during an online press conference.
He emphasized on the need to open government schools on a large scale, upgrade them, regularize guest teachers and train teachers for children’s future. Then India can become a ‘rich country’, he said.
Kejriwal’s endeavours in revamping the education system were lauded by The New York Times, to which he responded on Twitter.
अमेरिका के New York Times ने दिल्ली के स्कूलों की तारीफ़ की है। दिल्ली की शिक्षा क्रांति पूरी दुनिया को प्रेरणा दे रही है।
इसी मॉडल को पूरे देश में लागू करके हम देश भर के सरकारी स्कूलों में पढ़ने वाले 17 करोड़ बच्चों का भविष्य भी संवार सकते हैं https://t.co/t3UBwBMLTu
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 16, 2022
Kejriwal believes this can be achieved in a period of five years as was done by his government. He envisions working together with all states.
He said the poor can only afford to send their children to government schools, and it is crucial that their condition gets better.
“If a child from a humble background gets good education in a government school, he will become a doctor, engineer, or businessman and improve his family’s financial condition. This will help his family come out of poverty and will also make the nation richer”, he said.
As per his statement, 17 crore children study in government schools.
Restating the necessity to improve the health and education infrastructure, he said that rich nations have done it for their citizens.
According to Kejriwal, the Delhi Government is spending Rs 2,000 on an average on every Delhiite’s health.
(With inputs from PTI)
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