New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is hoping that its huge deployment of civil defence volunteers for the second phase of the odd-even scheme will prove to be effective, just like phase I.
Both Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and transport minister Gopal Rai had felicitated the over-4,000 volunteers who had participated in the previous odd-even fortnight.
This time too, in the run up to the second phase, Kejriwal and Rai made special efforts to enthuse the volunteers, who have signed up in record numbers, claimed officials.
“More than 5,000 volunteers will be deployed for phase II,” said Rai. The volunteer base is expected to be crucial — it will be the face of the government, said officials. “They have been asked to spread awareness and exhibit Gandhigiri,” added the source.
At a press meet on Thursday, Rai appealed to the residents of Delhi to “boost the morale of the volunteers”.
“They are doing a selfless job in hot weather conditions. I would appeal to RWAs, social organisations and others to please try and do something nice for these volunteers, who will be braving the sun to spread awareness against pollution,” said Rai.
The government, on its part, would provide volunteers with white caps, umbrellas and water as well as lemonade to beat the heat. “Special ambulances will also be deployed,” Rai said.
Clarifying that the volunteers will only “spread awareness and won’t issue challans”, Rai said, “I would appeal to the volunteers to be polite while pointing out violatations”.
This time, 321 wardens would monitor the volunteers and coordinate with them.
This is to ensure smooth deployment of the volunteer force, Rai said.