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Some Delhites to pay more for water bills

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) today approved a combined 20 per cent hike in water and sewer charges in the national capital for consumption above 20,000 litres a month.However, the DJB will not charge households consuming up to 20,000 litres a month, in line with the subsidy scheme of the Arvind Kejriwal government, which was a key poll promise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), an official said.The new rates will come into force in February, 2018. In 2015, days after coming to power, the AAP government had hiked water tariff by 10 per cent for consumers falling in the same category, keeping with an annual automatic 10 per cent rate hike mechanism put in place by the Sheila Dikshit government in 2009.However, in 2016, the government decided against following the auto mechanism and put another hike on hold. The current hike comes three months after Kejriwal took over the ministerial portfolio of water after the removal of Kapil Mishra. It will effectively lead to a rise of Rs 28 per month for consumers crossing the 20,000 litres limit, DJB vice chairman Dinesh Mohaniya, who is the AAP MLA from Sangam Vihar, said. “No change in water tariff in Delhi for households using up to 20,000 litres per month for third consecutive year. Above 20,000 litres, a 20 per cent combined hike on water and sewer charges approved in the Delhi Jal Board meeting,” Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma tweeted.Also readTaps run dry as DJB cuts supplyThe DJB has been providing up to 20,000 litres of water free of charge to domestic consumers. For domestic users who consume between 20,000 litres and 30,000 litres of water per month, the service charge is Rs 219.62 and the volumetric charge is Rs 21.97 per 1,000 litres. Customers who use over 30,000 litres a month pay Rs 292.82 in service charge and Rs 36.61 per 1,000 litres in volumetric charge.

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L-G Anil Baijal cancels exam to recruit teachers over paper leak issue

Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Tuesday cancelled a Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) examination for recruiting primary teachers in MCD-run schools, after a Delhi Police report alleged cheating during the test on October 29.The move comes days after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia demanded the cancellation of the examination, stating that the question papers were leaked. “The L-G has cancelled the DSSSB examination held on October 29. The move follows a report by the Delhi Police on the issue of alleged cheating in the examination,” his office said in a statement. Baijal directed the education secretary to take strict disciplinary action against all staff identified in the case and submit an action taken report within 10 days.Following the allegations of cheating, an FIR was registered on October 29 and the matter was handed over to the Crime Branch for a swift investigation.According to the L-G’s office, Baijal had directed Delhi Police commissioner Amulya Patnaik to investigate the matter in a time-bound manner.Baijal then issued directions to the DSSSB chairman to reconduct the examination expeditiously, so that vacancies could be filled as soon as possible.”The DSSSB may review their systems and methods of conducting the examination thoroughly and also look into the modus-operandi employed by the accused, so that in the future, all such loopholes can be plugged,” the statement read.Earlier this month, Kejriwal had sought Baijal’s nod on the Delhi government’s decision to cancel the DSSSB examination.In November, Sisodia had written to the L-G, seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged DSSSB examination paper leak case and had demanded strict action against the officials involved.

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Driverless train leaves no scope for human error

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had brought in the country’s first driverless (Unattended Train Operation) train to be run on its Magenta Line last year.The trial run was flagged off by former union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at DMRC’s Mukundpur depot on May 17, last year.The six-coach driverless train will first run from Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden, after which it will ply on two other corridors — 58 km Majlis Park-Shiv Vihar line and the over 38 km Janakpuri (W)-Botanical Garden line.While driverless trains have been operating in cities such as London since 1960s, it will be first such operation in India. The DMRC has over 60 such UTO-mode equipped trains in the manufacturing process at the Bharat Earth Movers plant in Bengaluru.Under the UTO mode, these new trains will be controlled and their movement regulated by the Operations Control Centres (OCC) and not by train operators.

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Anna Hazare to address a rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Ground on Jan 23 to seek electoral system

Social activist Anna Hazare announced today that he would address a rally at Delhi’s Ramlila Ground on January 23, highlighting the plight of farmers and demanding reforms in the electoral system.Hazare, who led a popular movement in 2011 seeking establishment of an anti-corruption ombudsman, said three-and- a-half years have passed since the BJP assumed office at the Centre, but the government has not yet been able to implement the Lokpal Bill.On the agriculture front, he said that the farmers were not getting remunerative prices for their crops.The Goods and Services Tax has done nothing good for the common man, he claimed.He said the time has come for effecting changes in the country’s electoral system.Also readHope no Arvind Kejriwal will emerge from my movement again, says Anna Hazare Lamenting that even after 70 years of achieving Independence, democracy, in its true sense, was yet to come to India, Hazare earlier said in Agra, “We do not want a government of capitalists. No (Narendra) Modi, no Rahul (Gandhi). We want a government which works for farmers’ interests.”Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Arvind Kejriwal had taken part in Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in 2011. Subsequently, he had parted ways with the social activist and launched his own political outfit.

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Hope no Arvind Kejriwal will emerge from my movement again, says Anna Hazare

Social activist Anna Hazare has said he hoped that no Arvind Kejriwal emerged from his movement again.Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo Kejriwal had taken part in Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in 2011. Subsequently, he had parted ways with the social activist and launched his own political outfit. “I hope no Kejriwal comes out of my movement again,” he told reporters here after addressing a public meeting at the Shahid Smarak here yesterday. Hazare said a big rally would be organised in the national capital on March 23 and urged farmers to join it in huge numbers.He accused the erstwhile UPA government at the Centre of failing to act on the Jan Lokpal Bill. “The (Narendra) Modi government later diluted the provisions of the Jan Lokpal Bill. Both the Congress and the BJP are guilty (in this regard),” the 80-year-old social activist said. Lamenting that even after 70 years of achieving independence, democracy, in its true sense, was yet to come to India, Hazare said, “We do not want a government of capitalists. No Modi, no Rahul (Gandhi). We want a government which works for farmers’ interests.”The Hazare-Kejriwal split came in 2012 after a roller- coaster ride of 18 months in which they came together to run a high-steam anti-graft movement. The activist had also refused to accept the survey done by India Against Corruption which overwhelmly favoured a political path and had said that he did not agree with the exercise done through social networking sites.

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Policy monitoring unit to be revamped

The Delhi government approved a proposal on Tuesday to revamp and strengthen the monitoring and evaluation unit of its planning department for effective design, development and implementation of various policies.The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “The newly created monitoring and evaluation unit will create a government-wide roadmap for effective use of modern monitoring and evaluation tools and techniques in government for improved policy making and better delivery of public services,” according to the statement.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said it was under the present government that such a “bold vision” for strengthening and modernising the unit of the planning department has been first articulated, and tangible actions towards the same initiated in the form of a comprehensive Outcome Budget for 2017-18.”This is because our government believes in the fundamental value of data-driven policy-making and the role scientific surveys and evaluations can play in helping elected governments better deliver public services to citizens and with the highest cost-effectiveness,” Sisodia said in the statement.Besides guiding “outcome budgeting”, it will help the government conduct independent surveys and evaluations, enable data analysis and assessment of large government datasets, the government said in a statement.It stated that the unit would also lay down a roadmap for the Delhi government to join the open data movement by making large government datasets open to citizens and researchers.The decision acknowledges the fact that advances in analytical tools and techniques related to monitoring and evaluation in the last decade combined with an increasing complexity and diversity of schemes warrant a scientific, evidence-based approach to policy-making, it stated.

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Centre to decide if Ram Kishen Grewal’s family will get Rs 1 cr relief: Delhi High Court

The Centre will now decide whether ex-serviceman, late Ram Kishen Grewal who had committed suicide during the One Rank One Pension (OROP) stir, would get Rs 1 crore from the Delhi government, said the Delhi High court on Tuesday.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar disposed the plea filed by advocate Avadh Kaushik who had challenged the Delhi government ‘s decision to grant compensation to Grewal’s family stating that it cannot pass any order since the matter is now pending with the Centre.The bench refrained from passing any order after the Delhi government had informed in a counter-affidavit that the decision of the Delhi cabinet of granting Rs 1 crore compensation to the family of ex-serviceman Late Ram Kishen Grewal was rejected by the Lieutenant Governor (L-G) of Delhi four times.The L-G had stated that the specific case did not fall within the parameters of the scheme concerned. Delhi government had announced a compensation of Rs 1 crore to Grewal declaring him a ‘martyr’. However, the court while disposing of the case also expressed its displeasure and asked that how a person who has committed suicide be termed as a martyr. “You are laying a wrong precedent because then people will come to Delhi, commit suicide in the hope that their family gets money,” the court told the counsel appearing for Delhi government.The court held that the matter has been rejected by the LG and it is now pending with the Centre. So it is still at a premature stage. Following this, on March 3, 2017, CM Arvind Kejriwal met the L-G and requested that the Cabinet decision be implemented. Baijal, however, refused to do so, stating that the specific case did not fall within the parameters of the scheme, i.e death occurring in the discharge of official duty.

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After Max, another Delhi hospital accused of medical negligence

Another case of alleged medical negligence has come to light, this time from BKL hospital in Karol Bagh area.Neeraj Garg, a resident of Gwalior, told ANI on Sunday that he had lost his daughter, Deepa, due to medical negligence of the hospital, who had claimed to cure her of Congenital dyserythropoietic anemia type 2 (CDA II).”On the recommendation of a doctor, we admitted her in the hospital. My daughter underwent a (bone marrow) transplant at the hospital in the month of November. After a few days, she fell sick, faced breathing problems and severe headache. Doctors continued to say that all this is normal,” said Neeraj Garg, whose daughter died on November 25.Also readSpeak up Delhi: Max hospital license cancellation irrational, say city residentsGarg, who, according to the bill shown to ANI, has been billed over 17 lakhs for nearly a month-long treatment, also accused the hospital of misleading them in regards to bone marrow transplant treatment.Garg said before undergoing the treatment, they had tried to ascertain with the hospital if they had treated anyone earlier with this method.Garg said the hospital assured them about the treatment; however, her condition began to worsen soon after the treatment.Also read2 days after cancelling of license, Max hospital docs in dark”A few days later, doctors said that they will have to shift her to ICU as she had developed some infection. And what was most shocking was when the doctors said now she will have to be kept on a ventilator because of breathing issues. They said this is a normal process so don’t worry,” he said.Garg also said that hospital authorities were rude to him when he confronted them following her daughter’s death.A few days ago, Delhi Max Hospital (Situated in Shalimar Bagh) was in the news after the hospital declared new-born twin babies dead. However, later on, one of them was found to be alive.In November, Fortis Hospital, Gurugram, had allegedly overcharged a family for treating their daughter of dengue. The seven-year-old girl did not survive and a bill of Rs 16 lakh for 15-day treatment was handed to the family.Also readNot against private hospitals, but won’t hesitate to act: Arvind Kejriwal

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Even Ajmal Kasab got chance, but in my case ‘Supreme Court’ gave order straightaway: Sharad Yadav after RS expulsion

Rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav today said he will challenge his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha in court and claimed that his opposition to JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and the BJP resulted in the ouster.He suggested that he was denied a fair play, noting that the case of embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who “looted” public exchequer, was sent to the Ethics Committee pf Parliament but he was not allowed such an opportunity despite being a veteran parliamentarian who took up “people’s causes” in his career. At a press conference, Yadav disapproved of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu’s comments defending his decision but said the institution of the Rajya Sabha was too important to him to attack Naidu.Even Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist hanged in India following his conviction in the Mumbai terror attack case, was allowed to exhaust all appeals available to him but in his case the “supreme court”, an apparent reference to Naidu, gave an order straightaway without referring the matter to a parliamentary committee, he said. Yadav, who was elected to the Lok Sabha seven times and the Rajya Sabha four times, said in a lighter vein that his “new freedom” will give him more time in uniting opposition parties against the BJP.Also readSharad Yadav’s disqualification from Rajya Sabha illegal, must be revoked: Arvind Kejriwal”I was not shocked that I have been disqualified… I was expecting the same outcome,” he said, suggesting that it was decided in advance. Noting that he had resigned three times in past as an MP on moral ground, Yadav said had he been interested in power, then he would have been part of the government now. The constitutional provisions invoked by the Rajya Sabha chairman to disqualify might not apply in his case, he said, noting that he would file an appeal against it in court.”My fight is for principles and democracy. I will fight it in all forums, including court,” he said. Yadav also accused the BJP of using religion to polarise voters in the Gujarat and claimed that the party will suffer defeat like it did in Bihar. The JD(U) had sought Yadav’s disqualification after he attended a RJD rally in Patna in August following his opposition to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to jettison his party’s alliance with the RJD and the Congress and join hands with the BJP.Also readSharad Yadav should seek Lalu Prasad Yadav’s help nowThe disqualification decision came within three months of the JD(U) moving a plea, inviting criticism from opposition leaders. Naidu, however, said yesterday that justice delayed was justice denied, asserting that such matters should be decided quickly.
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Maharashtra: Opposition extends support to Yashwant Sinha’s protest in Akola

Opposition parties in Maharashtra extend their support to the former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha’s indefinite protest at Akola police ground to press the farmer’s demand charter. Akola is turning as the epicentre for the political activities.Earlier Sinha was also detained by the Maharashtra police and subsequently released. The farmers’ demands include that the farm loan waiver should reach farmers, fair prices to farmers crops, buying the farm produces by the central government agency NAFED etc.Also readMaharashtra:Yashwant Sinha threatens to go on hunger strike till demands accepted, gets support from opposition leaders NCP president Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, farmers leader Raju Shetty and disgruntled BJP MP Nana Patole extended their support to Mr Sinha. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also tweeted in support of Mr Sinha. Ms.Bannerjee tweeted that she would send her party MP Dinesh Trivedi to Akola to meet Mr Sinha.Sinha is known to be critical of Narendra Modi government’s economical and farmer policies.NCP leader Gulabrao Gavande from Akola also accompanied Mr Sinha. Moreover, another BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha, Arun Shourie and activist Yogendra Yadav are also likely to join this protest.Also readMaharashtra BJP downplays Yashwant Sinha’s stir to highlight farmers’ plightSinha clarified that he is not against the ruling party but he wants to fulfil the farmers’ demands. Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan also extended the support and said that by detaining Mr Sinha, BJP has shown once again its facist and anti-farmers face. “Without the consultation of the top BJP leadership in Delhi, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis would not ask the local police to arrest its own senior leader and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha. It is very unfortunate that farmers demands are not met but they have been harassed and arrested,” said Chavan.
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WhatsApp admin gets anticipatory bail from Rajasthan HC for objectionable posts by a member

The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief.

According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written BySangeeta Pranvendra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Tuesday 5 December 2017 16:05 ISTMust readCyclone Ockhi: Schools to remain closed on Tuesday, Mumbai University and all its affiliated colleges to remain open Don’t know anyone by name of Shehzad Poonawalla: Tehseen disowns his own brother<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The admin of a WhatsApp group escaped arrest when he was granted anticipatory bail by the Rajasthan High Court. An FIR was lodged against the admin of the group at Jaisalmer under sections of IPC and IT ACT, holding him responsible for objectionable posts by a member of the group against a woman. The member was also mentioned in the FIR. When the admin was denied bail at the local court he moved High Court at Jodhpur and was granted anticipatory bail. The court observed that he was not responsible for the posts made by others. The group admin, Mahendra Garg, a resident of Jaisalmer, had created a WhatsApp group that had people from his community as members. On June 21 one of the members Brijendra Garg posted some photographs and comments against a 24 year old woman. He alleged that the lady was married previously but has again remarried, without divulging details of the past. Brijendra mocked both the husband and wife on the WhatsApp group. Subsequently, on June 25 an FIR was filed by the lady not only against Brijendra, who had posted on the group, but also Mahendra who is the admin of the group under section 509 IPC and Sec 67 of IT Act. They were accused of violating a woman’s modesty and publishing obscene material in electronic form. The police started investigation into the matter. Group admin Mahendra applied for anticipatory bail at the local court and was denied. He then moved to the HC, where he got relief. According to Ashok Changani, advocate for Mahendra, “Being an admin does not make him responsible for what is posted on the group. If the admin is responsible for posts of members, then the mobile service provider and WhatsApp should also be responsible.” “The IT Act needs to be amended to include the admin. In its present form, only the person who makes the posts is responsible,’” added Changani. While Mahendra has obtained respite from court, Brijendra is yet to get any relief.
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Govt drafts policy for sports talent in schools

In continuation of the efforts to promote sports among students in schools, the Delhi government on Monday prepared a policy to extend financial support and specialised training for budding talent.The policy, which was drafted by the state government’s Department of Education (DoE) to support school going sports talent, was presented before Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia at the Secretariat. The DoE also roped in several sportspeople, coaches and experts while drafting the policy.“Under the policy, an annual financial support of Rs 2 lakh per annum will be provided to school students up to the age of 14 years, while those above this age would get Rs 3 lakh per annum as support. The financial assistance would be provided directly to the sporting talents,” the government said in a statement. The policy will cover all students who are bonafide residents of Delhi for the last three years. The government will constitute a Committee of Experts (CoE) comprising of at least five members with a sports background. “The financial assistance would be provided to each talent initially for two years and then a performance review would be taken to take a call on the continuance of the assistance,”it added. Besides, specialised assistance will also be provided to the sports talent.“Training assistance, medical assistance and insurance assistance would be provided under the scheme to the selected talent,” the government added. The DoE will also establish the Centres of Excellence (CoE) across the city under this policy, wherein specialised assistance will be provided to the budding talent with best facilities like coaches, physiotherapists and nutritionists.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi has continuously been taking several initiatives to promote sports in schools. The government has also built a swimming pool and a world-class hockey stadium in two of its schools.
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Delhi police employ less than 4% minority members: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite having a strength of around 80,000 personnel, the Delhi Police employs less than four per cent of members from minority communities in its ranks, according to a report by the Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC).The annual report, released by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, also shows that Muslims, the largest minority group in Delhi, form less than two per cent of the police force in the Capital.The report said the force has 1,388 Muslim personnel and 697 Christian personnel. It added that the Delhi Police employs just 856 Sikh personnel. “The Delhi Police has 1.79 per cent personnel from the Muslim community. In total, it has 3,035 personnel from minority communities who form 3.91 per cent of the total strength of the force,” the commission said in its report.In the report, the DMC has identified twelve departments and corporations of which members of the minority communities are a part. Apart from the police, the Delhi Fire Service (DFS) has a total of 26 members from minority communities which is the lowest among 12 departments and corporations.The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) employs 283 members from minority communities. However, the Directorate of Training tops the list at 13.33 per cent, followed by the Public Grievance Commission at 7.69 per cent and the Directorate General of Home Guards at 5.22 per cent.The report further flagged the scarcity of graveyards and cemeteries in the city due to the lack of availability of land. As per the report, at present, there are just 131 graveyards while at one point of time there were over 650 graveyards.With an increase in population, the problem has increased with graveyards being overtaken by buildings and other structures.According to the Census 2011, the Muslim Population in Delhi is 21,58,684, while the Christian population is 1,46,093.

Ask me about defamatory remarks, says Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite being cross-examined eight times by Arvind Kejriwal’s counsel, Union Minister Arun Jaitley said that not one question has been put to him by them on the alleged defamatory remarks made by the Delhi Chief Minister.Speaking in the Delhi High Court on Thursday, Jaitley who has filed a libel suit against the CM for the “defamatory remarks,” said to Kejriwal’s counsel. “You are not asking any question on the two defamation cases. Instead, you are travelling all throughout the world. This is the question where relevancy comes.”Appearing for Jaitley, his counsels, senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar and Sandeep Sethi, said that the defendants have been using “delaying tactics” and even after eight proceedings of cross-examination, the case does not see any finality.”We have had eight hearings, but the case does not see any finality,” they said, requesting Joint Registrar Rakesh Pandit to set three hearings to complete the cross-examination.The court, however, did not allow the request and said that a decision on this would be taken only after the hearing on the next date, i.e. November 30.Appearing for Kejriwal, his counsels, senior advocate Anoop George Chaudhary and Anupam Shrivastav, sought more time for the cross-examination.The court was hearing a defamation case filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for their remarks accusing the former of “financial bungling” during his tenure as President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).During the course of the hearing, Jaitley claimed that suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad had also made “false and motivated complaints” against him. He also testified that several cricketing clubs were affiliated to the sports committee of DDCA and one such club was of the Syndicate Bank.”The DDCA office bearers had committed no wrong. It was the bank which changed its decision. This is apparent from the documents which are on record. Notwithstanding this reality, Kirti Azad made a motivated complaint against the DDCA office bearers. It is, therefore, that I call it motivated,” Jaitley said in answer to a question.Meanwhile, the court has sought Jaitley’s response on three applications, each filed by Kejriwal, Ashutosh and Raghav Chaddha, seeking special audit report of DDA for the financial year 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015.

Arvind Kejriwal approves setting up of 1,000 Mohalla clinics

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday has approved a proposal in which the Delhi State Health Mission (DSHM) will manage and set up 1,000 Mohalla clinics in the Capital. The decision was taken in a review meeting of the DSHM along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Social Welfare Minister Rajendar Pal Gautam and senior officers.At present, there are 160 Mohalla clinics running in the national capital. These clinics are aimed at providing free healthcare to people close to their homes. The scheme is a flagship project of the AAP government.The meeting chaired by the Chief Minister also allowed the Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS) to hire short-term manpower for hospitals to fill the gaps in health services.”This will help hospitals have an adequate number of staff for services as and when required,” Kejriwal said.The decision came after a month-long indefinite strike by the health mission workers demanding ‘same work, same pay’. The 2,700 workers in the city went on a strike paralyzing the health system at the grassroots level. Workers in all the eleven vertical programs including Reproductive Child Health RCH, Tuberculosis Program, Leprosy Program, IDSP, Integrated Disease Surveillance Program etc, involving doctors, pharmacists, nurses, ANMs, lab technicians, had ceased work for the longest strike this year.The 800 Auxillary Nurse Midwife, ANM workers, perform at least two immunisations weekly for children in different areas and if calculated, more than 40,000 children did not receive their vaccines during the strike, thus questioning the working of these clinics.’Remove politics from Mohalla clinics’Recently, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday had requested everyone to leave behind party politics and help in setting up of Mohalla clinics in the national capital. “Everybody should come forward for the cause leaving behind party politics,” the chief minister wrote on Twitter.
Talking about the clinics, Kejriwal said that any help in setting these clinics up was an “act of virtue”. “Poor people are treated in the Mohalla clinics. Any help towards setting up these clinics is an act of virtue,” he said.
Kejriwal was referring to media reports about the Delhi government not being given land by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation for the expansion of the Mohalla clinics.

Governance home-delivered: Delhiites to get driving license, ration card and other services at their doorstep

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Thursday announced that it would roll out a scheme within three to four months to enable citizens to get 40 public services, including caste certificates and driving licence, at their doorstep.The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.This is “home delivery of governance”, which is being done for the first time in the country, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed while announcing the Cabinet’s decision.He said that the government would hire a private agency to implement the scheme.”Mobile Sayak (facilitators) will be hired through the agency that would set up call centres.”Various certificates such as caste, new water connection, income, driving licence, ration card, domicile, marriage registration, duplicate RC and change of address in RC, will be covered under the scheme in the first phase,” Sisodia told reporters.Giving an example, the deputy chief minister said that if a person wants to apply for a driving licence, he or she will have to call a designated call centre and register their details.Thereafter, the agency would assign a ‘Mobile Sahyak’, who will visit the applicant’s residence and get the required documents, he said.”The Mobile Sahyak will be equipped with all necessary machines such as biometric devices and a camera. For home delivery services, the applicant would be charged a nominal fee which is yet to be decided,” Sisodia said.

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