In recent news, updates about the status of Aam Aadmi Party’s proposal of providing women with free rides in the Delhi Metro has been doing the rounds. There are two sides of the story and we thought you should know both.

Earlier this month, Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party put forward a proposal which stated that the Delhi Metro rides would be made free of cost for women. They said that it would work as a step towards ensuring women’s safety. However, the proposal has apparently been rejected by the Centre, according to a report by Times Now NewsRepublic TV, and Zee News.

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According to these reports, as a response to the question raised in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri said that the Union government is of no view that there should be any free ride to anyone in the Delhi Metro. The Centre does not see the point behind this scheme, just like many woman activists who voiced that women are independent in all aspects now and do not mind paying for their own travel.Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) principal advisor, and ‘Metro Man’, E Sreedharan was always against this proposal, standing by the women activists and claiming that it would increase DMRC’s debt burden, which already stands at ₹35,000 crores. He also called this move by the Kejriwal government a ‘political gimmick’, like many others.

On the other hand, another tweet from the ANI says something else entirely. It has quoted the Delhi CM stating that legally the Delhi government doesn’t need to send a proposal to the Centre to start its work on the scheme.

According to an article published in OpIndia, Hardeep Singh Puri responded to the query saying that the Union didn’t receive any proposal regarding the free rides of women on Delhi Metro, unlike what other news agencies have been saying.

Whether this scheme will come into effect or not, only time will tell. What are your thoughts on the proposal? Do you think it would achieve what it is promising or will it just prove to be another policy that increases the government’s debt?