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LG vs AAP govt: Anil Baijal decries ‘misinformation campaign’ on doorstep delivery of services

The duel between the AAP government and the Lt Governor over doorstep delivery of public services continued on Thursday with the LG denouncing the “misinformation campaign” on the issue.The government chose to take the matter to the public with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia visiting a district magistrate’s office to get feedback from people flocking government offices to get their work done.Lt Governor Anil Baijal sought to counter Sisodia’s parallel between doorstep delivery of pizza and public services by stating that public services, which are already being delivered online, may contain “sensitive information”, unlike the former.”Further, unlike e-commerce, which is a B2C (Business-to- Consumer) transaction, government has to be more sensitive and responsive to safety and security concerns in the proposed system which would be a G2C (Government-to-Consumer) transaction,” the LG House said in a statement.It added that the fact people continue to queue outside departments despite online availability of services, is the reason why the LG has advised to plug gaps in the online delivery system and increase access by facilitating setting up of Internet kiosks by unemployed youth.”The proposed system of delivery through thousands of mobile sahayaks who will collect facilitation fee’ will only introduce an unnecessary layer with all its attendant complications including chances of corruption,” the statement said.It quoted Baijal as saying that a “misinformation campaign” was being spread about issues related to the public delivery of services.Meanwhile, Sisodia visited the district magistrate’s office in Nandnagri to take stock of delivery of services and interacted with people standing in long queues.He later said that contrary to the LG’s claims, doorstep delivery will end corruption by putting an end to visits of people to government offices to get their job done.”People are now taking leaves to visit these offices, they will not need any leave once doorstep delivery comes into effect. At present, people are paying touts to get their job done, this will be done away with once the scheme comes in effect,” he said.

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AAP sharpens attack after LG rejects home delivery scheme

"The BJP is getting sealing (drive) across Delhi. The BJP has got the doorstep delivery proposal of government's services rejected. The BJP has tried to stop the file of mohalla clinics through the LG.
"Why does the BJP want to destroy Delhi?" he tweeted. Labour Minister and AAP's Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai said the LG's decision to return the proposal "defied logic". "The BJP is resorting to dirty politics and taking help of the Lt Governor's office," he claimed. Rai alleged that the Delhi BJP leaders cared little for the city and their motto was to keep obstructing the works being done by the Arvind Kejriwal government. The Delhi Cabinet had approved the proposal for doorstep delivery of essential public services last month and sent it for approval to the LG. ”
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Wednesday 27 December 2017 23:00 ISTMust readSurgical Strike 2.0: Indian Army planted IEDs to surprise Pak; toll could be higher Indian Army crosses LOC to retaliate, kills three Pak soldiers <!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today alleged that the BJP was using the office of the Lieutenant Governor to obstruct in the works of the Delhi government, a day after Anil Baijal shot down its ambitious proposal to “home deliver” basic public services.LG Baijal had yesterday sent back to the Delhi government a proposal for doorstep delivery of basic public services such as driving licences, caste certificates and water connections for reconsideration.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who had termed the LG’s move as a “huge setback” to AAP government’s efforts towards providing a graft-free governance, today took to Twitter to lambaste the BJP, wondering why the saffron party wanted to “destroy” Delhi.”The BJP is getting sealing (drive) across Delhi. The BJP has got the doorstep delivery proposal of government’s services rejected. The BJP has tried to stop the file of mohalla clinics through the LG.”Why does the BJP want to destroy Delhi?” he tweeted. Labour Minister and AAP’s Delhi unit convenor Gopal Rai said the LG’s decision to return the proposal “defied logic”. “The BJP is resorting to dirty politics and taking help of the Lt Governor’s office,” he claimed. Rai alleged that the Delhi BJP leaders cared little for the city and their motto was to keep obstructing the works being done by the Arvind Kejriwal government. The Delhi Cabinet had approved the proposal for doorstep delivery of essential public services last month and sent it for approval to the LG.

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L-G Anil Baijal for exclusive police stations run by women

Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Tuesday said that the Delhi Police should have police stations run exclusively by the women police officers. Laying emphasis on more women power in the Delhi Police, the L-G stated that the force needed more women officers at the forefront.Baijal was speaking at the ‘Sashakti’ programme organised by the Delhi Police where he was the chief guest as well. The programme saw the participation of over seven thousand school-going girls trained in self-defence sending out a strong message of ‘Ab nahi sehna, Na chup rehna’. Baijal, while addressing the audience, acknowledged that girls were the real chief guest on the occasion.The South Zone of the Delhi Police, in order to promote self-defence training for women and girls as a sign of women empowerment, organised a function wherein the girls who were trained by the Delhi Police displayed their techniques and skills. Over 7,000 school girls from South East, South, South West, Dwarka, West and Outer Delhi have been trained in martial arts and self-defence. Around 361 camps all over the area were held in order to promote self -defence training.On the occasion, Commissioner of Delhi Police, Amulya Patnaik highlighted the need for learning self-defense techniques as a tool for raising self-confidence and empowerment of women, and reiterated the commitment of the Delhi Police towards the safety and security of female citizens.”One year of Sashakti has been a learning experience and in the days and months to come, the training program will be further intensified and remodeled to compare with the best in similar community policing initiatives,” said Patnaik.A documentary film showcasing trained girls enacting real-life situations of stalking, snatching and harassment was also played at the event. Trainers also displayed their skills and gave live demonstrations on how one could save themselves from possible stabbing attack or acid throwers.

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AAP women’s wing meets L-G Anil Baijal

The action comes after the party had alleged on Friday that BJP leaders and the Delhi police were involved in the running and illegal confinement of women and girls in the ashram, in the name of religious preaching. The party said that despite receiving several complaints the police had not taken any action till date.”
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Slugfest begins as Max Hospital resume services

After fighting a battle for more than 10 days, services at Max hospital in Shalimar Bagh resumed on Wednesday. The hospital had presented its case to the Finance commissioner on Tuesday. “The operation of the impugned order is stayed till the next hearing,” says the order by Finance Commissioner. The next hearing is on January 9.As the decision to open the hospital came out in public, a political slugfest kicked off between BJP and AAP over the decision. Neither the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal not the Delhi government owned up to the decision fearing public outrage, instead who is ‘ruling’ the Finance Commissioner became the trending topic.”Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh has resumed its operations from today, following a stay order issued by the appropriate Appellate authority to whom an appeal was made.We are fully focussed on providing quality care to all our patients and honouring our commitment of ensuring free treatment to the economically weaker sections of the society,” the hospital said in its statement on Wednesday morning. However, the ‘Appellate authority’ has not been specified by the officials.The L-G house stated on Wednesday that no officials from the hospital met Baijal regarding the cancellation order. “The powers of appellate authority, being a quasi judicial function are performed by the Financial Commissioner, Delhi as per his/her judgment without any interference or supervision by any authority,” a statement from L-G house stated.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead. A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.”On what basis & by whose decision was the appellate authority formed to hear the Max Shalimar Bagh licence cancellation appeal ? How did the appellate authority reach to the conclusion in the first hearing itself that a stay can be given on the DGHS decision ??,” Delhi government spokesperson Nagender Sharma tweeted.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues. The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.”The Commissioner falls under the jurisdiction of the L-G and not Delhi government. We were not even informed about the order,” said a senior Delhi government official.The blame game between AAP and BJP began with both the parties turning it into a political issue. “It was just to attract public attention. The government has taken back its decision. There is definitely some behind this decision,” said Manoj Tiwari president, Delhi unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).”What was the tearing hurry for the appellate authority to stay the cancellation of Max Shalimar Bagh licence ? Why did the heart beat only for profit making hospital & not the new borns ?? Decision on whose directions ??,” Delhi AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj tweeted.

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No relief for Max hospital yet, matter further shifted for hearing on January 9

The commissioner has not given any relief to the hospital so far, hence the hospital’s services will remain disrupted until further orders.“The commissioner heard the arguments made by the hospital and the government. After hearing both the version, the matter has been again listed for January 9. The final decision will be taken on the same day only,” Dr Kirti Bhushan, director general of health services (DGHS), Delhi government, who was present in the hearing.The Delhi government on December 8 had cancelled the license of the hospital’s branch in Shalimar Bagh for wrongly declaring a baby dead.A preliminary report submitted by a panel of doctors to the Delhi government had found the hospital guilty of not having followed the prescribed medical norms in dealing with a pair of newborn twins.The three-member panel had submitted the report after scrutinising hospital records and meeting with the staff concerned.After the infant’s death, investigation into the alleged medical negligence case was transferred from the northwest district police to the Crime Branch.The authorities had then approached the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to look into the cancellation order.“Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against cancellation of registration of Max Hospital Shalimar Bagh. Earlier, we had also requested Delhi Government to review their decision and restore the registration. This decision has caused significant inconvenience to thousands of patients and local residents and this is further compounded by unavailability of suitable alternatives for their medical needs in the vicinity,” the hospital had said in its statement.The Finance Commissioner is a statutory post and the incumbent on this post exercises the powers of the Lieutenant Governor/ Chief Commissioner, delegated under various statues.The commissioner has been delegated powers to act in a quasi-judicial capacity. The commissioner hears revision petitions/appeals against orders passed by competent authority under various acts including Delhi Nursing Home Registration Act, 1953.Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh on a monthly basis treats around 14,000 patients in the OPD, attends to over 1,600 emergency patients and additional 3,000 are treated in inpatient wards.

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CM accuses L-G of disrupting elected govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accused Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal of encouraging officers to hide files from his Cabinet colleagues and wondered if the L-G was not “disrupting” the elected AAP government.”Isn’t the L-G disrupting an elected government by encouraging officers not to show files to ministers? Why are files related to teachers being hidden from education minister? How does an education minister run schools like this?,” Kejriwal tweeted.The statement comes a day after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal seeking action against officials of education department who he alleged were sending files on teachers training to the Lieutenant Governor office without consulting him.”Whenever I speak to any officer from the department or the chief secretary, I am told that they have been given instructions by your office not to show any file regarding ‘teacher or principal’ to minister- in-charge. If this is not the case, then you must issue instructions to the education department that no file should go without being shown to the minister-in-charge,” he had said.In response to Sisodia’s letter, Baijal had written to him seeking to know who has given the impression to the deputy chief minister that L-G’s office has given instructions not to show any file concerning teachers to the minister-in-charge.Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, was irked by the move of Directorate of Education (DoE) officials and Chief Secretary of sending the file to L-G office with a detailed plan of a visit of principals and teachers to Finland for training.The minister had alleged that the officers have been “killing democracy” on the “directions” of the L-G office by not consulting him before sending the files.In the recent past, the deputy chief minister had also claimed that officers were not showing files to him on the directions of the L-G.Earlier, Education Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal requesting him to give his nod to the guest and contractual teachers regularisation bill. On October 4, the Delhi Assembly had passed the bill and forwarded it to the L-G.But Baijal rejected Sisodia’s claim that a bill on regularisation of guest teachers was pending with his office, saying a solution could be found within relevant laws rather than”public posturing.”BLAME GAMEThe statement comes a day after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia wrote to Baijal seeking action against officials of education department who he alleged were sending files on teachers training to the Lieutenant Governor office without consulting him.

BJP demands 24-hour chest clinics for pollution-hit Delhiites

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) criticised the Arvind Kejriwal government, calling it visionless for its inability to arrest rising pollution levels in the national Capital that has been gripped in a thick blanket of poisonous smog.Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Monday said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) remains indecisive with a string of failed decisions to its credit in handling the hazardous smog.Citing Monday’s pollution levels that were recorded as 4 to 7 times higher than the tolerable 60 mg level, Tiwari said,”With schools set to open and a heavy public activity, the Kejriwal government seems to be lost as it never formulated a strategy to fight such a climatic emergency. People are worried and state administration, especially in hospitals have failed the citizens.”Tiwari also requested Lt. Governor Anil Baijal to call an all-party meeting to discuss the preparation to fight pollution and remedial measures in the Capital. The Delhi BJP also requested the Lt Governor to direct all government and private hospitals to set up 24-hour free chest clinics to help the affected people.The BJP has trained its guns on CM Arvind Kejriwal since Delhi caught itself warped in heavy smog. The party last week distributed masks in the northeast part of the city, as Tiwari attacked the AAP government for being indifferent towards the health of people.The party said the government failed to formulate any decisive policies to tackle the pollution scenario which was turning grim by the day. The Delhi chief minister was also lambasted for passing the buck to neighbouring states for burning stubble while he himself did not have any roadmap for pollution.

Fire at Bhalswa landfill aggravates pollution crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the Capital already facing a severe pollution crisis, Delhi’s largest landfill site at Bhalswa caught fire on Saturday afternoon, worsening weather conditions.Fire officials maintained that the fire was later put out and no casualties were reported.According to a senior fire officer, the incident took place at around 12:50 pm. He said four fire tenders were rushed there with the help of two more tenders and it took them around six hours to doze of the fire.”The exact cause of the fire is still unknown. The fire kept on spreading in the landfill site due to which it required a lot of time to doze it off,” said the officer.The landfill site had been “exhausted” in 2006 after reaching the maximum permissible limit which ranges from 15 meters by the Environment Ministry. However, with no options, garbage dumping carried on here. As a result, the site has crossed the permissible height limit by over 30 metres.”People from nearby localities dump garbage here on a daily basis. As a result, the landfill site has crossed the permissible height. Because of the rise in height, fires usually break out due to the excessive release of methane gas. It happened last week as well. We have officials at the site who have been directed to immediately call fire tenders if any major fire breaks out,” said an official, North Corporation.Earlier, an accident at the Ghazipur landfill site in September which claimed two lives had caused Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to direct all the corporations to stop dumping garbage at existing landfill sites, which are overfull, and start processing waste.Experts from IIT Delhi had been called in and a plan to process waste was discussed with the government and relevant authorities.THE ALTERNATIVEEarlier, an accident at the Ghazipur landfill site in September had claimed two lives
This prompted Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to direct all the city’s corporations to stop dumping garbage at existing landfill sites, which are overfull, and start processing waste.

Manish Sisodia demands CBI probe in DSSSB exam paper leak case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged DSSSB examination paper leak case. Sisodia has written to Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, demanding strict action against the officials involved.The Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) exam was recently held for appointment of primary teachers in municipal schools. Sisodia has also sought cancellation of the exam for the paper that was allegedly leaked and demanded that the officials involved in conducting of the exam be suspended, so that they could not tamper with the evidence.”Since the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has taken no action in the past, this case should immediately be referred to the CBI for a fair and an unbiased investigation,” he said in his letter.Referring to the incident, Sisodia said it was a serious case of corruption in the teacher recruitment process and there have been numerous complaints of exam papers being leaked. There have also been complaints of papers being set from a particular guidebook and servers being down at the time when documents were to be uploaded, he said.He added that all these issues have already been referred to the L-G. “There have been instances of students being barred from exams, but no action has been taken against any senior DSSSB official, despite multiple such instances,” Sisodia stated in the letter.”Strong action needs to be taken in this case, so as to give a clear message that the L-G’s office is not protecting the corrupt within the DSSSB,” he said.

L-G, govt fight over guest teachers turns ugly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ongoing fight between Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia took an ugly turn on Wednesday, with none of them ready to back down over the issue of the Bill to regularise guest teachers. The two even sent letters to each other, explaining their stand regarding the Bill.In his letter, Baijal rejected Sisodia’s claim that a Bill on regularisation of guest teachers was pending with his office, saying a solution could be found within the relevant laws rather than “public posturing”.”The Bill has not yet been presented to him (L-G) along with the requisite reports, as required under the Transaction of Business of the Government of NCT of Delhi Rules. Thus, it would not be correct to say that the Bill is pending for his consideration,” the L-G office stated, quoting Baijal’s letter to Sisodia.The L-G further said that the Bill was passed by the Delhi Assembly despite his advice to reconsider the decision as the Bill was not in accordance with the constitutional scheme of governance. “A solution to this problem could be found within relevant laws rather than public posturing,” he said.At the same time, in his letter to Baijal, Sisodia said that he had come to know that the L-G ordered the Education Department to advertise vacancies for teachers, without giving guest teachers a path to regularisation. He also urged Baijal to not destroy all that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dispensation had built so far, asking him to not “override” the decisions of the elected government.Sisodia also said that he had come to know that the Chief Secretary had sent a file on the Bill, without showing it to either the law minister or the education minister.”When I ask the officers why this file was not shown to me or the teacher recruitment issue was not discussed with me, I’m told that your office (L-G’s) has given them clear instructions that no files regarding the issue need to be shown to the elected government,” he alleged.Earlier this month, the Delhi Assembly had passed the Regularisation of Services of Guest Teachers and Teachers Engaged Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Bill, 2017.High Court surprised at govt pleaThe Delhi High Court has expressed surprise on an application moved by the Delhi government, seeking to vacate the stay on appointment of guest teachers to fill vacancies in schools. Justice AK Chawla sought the response of Social Jurist on the plea and fixed the matter for November 9. Appearing for the government, standing counsel Ramesh Singh said the order to stay the appointments was prejudiced against students, who were suffering due to shortage of teachers.He added that guest teachers were a stop gap arrangement.

Arvind Kejriwal writes to LG after WagonR theft

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Delhi Chief Minister’s car was stolen from outside the secretariat, he wrote to the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal taking a dig at the Delhi’s law and order situation. Arvind Kejriwal also said in his letter that a common man does not feel safe in the Capital.Kejriwal, in his letter said, “Yesterday, my WagonR was stolen from outside Central Secretariat. My car getting stolen is a small thing. But a chief minister’s car getting stolen right in front of the Central Secretariat points towards the state of law and order within the Capital and dereliction of duties. In the light of the recent incident, what value does the life of a common really hold.”He added, “If you ask any commoner residing in Delhi about the security and safety, you will get a negative response. I know upon receiving my letter, the Delhi Police will respond with facts and figures that would help their so-called case but the truth is evident for all of us to see.”Meanwhile, the Delhi Police have formed various teams to recover the stolen vehicle. Help of technical surveillance is being taken and based on local intelligence, efforts to trace the CM’s car are being made, police said.Police have also accessed the CCTV footage of the spot from where the car was stolen and are trying to identify the accused involved. Many second hand car dealers, deserted parking lots and car scrappers place have been raided in search of the vehicle.According to police data, in Delhi, more than 100 vehicles are reported stolen every day on average. In the past five years, the number of stolen vehicles have risen more than threefold.While in 2012 a total of 14,391 motor vehicles were reported stolen, the number in 2016 was 38,644. This year, till April 12,666 vehicles which zeroes down to 105 vehicles a day, on average, were reported missing.

I am an elected CM, not a terrorist: Arvind Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashing out at the ongoing controversy over the regularisation of guest teachers in the Capital, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said “I am an elected chief minister, not a terrorist”.Furious over the L-G Anil Baijal’s decision to oppose the Bill, Kejriwal launched a broadside against the L-G, BJP and the bureaucracy, alleging a nexus between them, which prompted a walk-out by the Opposition.He was taking part in a discussion on a Bill introduced in the Assembly to regularise the employment of around 15,000 guest teachers (working on contractual basis) in Delhi government-run schools. The Bill was later passed by the House through voice vote.”Hum Delhi ke maalik hai (we are Delhi’s masters), not the bureaucracy,” he asserted at one point, which was greeted with loud cheers and table thumping by the Aam Aadmi Party MLAs.Registering his objection, Baijal said that matters relating to ‘services’ fall beyond the legislative competence of the Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi and that the proposed legislation was not in accordance with the Constitutional scheme.Kejriwal alleged that the files relating to the regularisation of the teachers were never shown to Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, by the officials on the direction of the L-G.”What state secrets do these files contain that they cannot be shown to us? I want to tell the LG that I am an elected CM of Delhi and not a terrorist. He (Sisodia) is an elected education minister, not a terrorist,” Kejriwal said, drawing references from a dialogue of the 2010 Shah Rukh Khan starrer My Name is Khan.Kejriwal also took exception to Baijal’s objection that the government did not consult the Law Department before introducing the Bill. “People did not elect the law secretary, they elected us. The country is run on democracy, not bureaucracy. We are Delhi’s masters. They (bureaucrats) will follow our orders,” he said.Since storming to power in 2015, the AAP and the bureaucracy have shared an uneasy relationship with frequent run ins over matters of jurisdiction, mainly due to the capital’s administrative structure where the LG enjoys primacy over the elected CM.

Reconsider regularising guest teachers: L-G to govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a fresh tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal, the latter on Tuesday wrote to the state government to “re-consider” the Cabinet’s decision of introducing a Bill to regularise 15,000 guest teachers, citing constitutional limitations.The move comes a day before the Delhi government was all set to table the Regularisation of Services of Guest Teachers and Teachers engaged under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Bill, 2017, in the legislative Assembly on Wednesday.As per the Bill, all guest teachers and teachers hired under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, who have been engaged for at least 120 days after April 1, 2016, and fulfill the required educational qualifications, would be eligible for permanent jobs.Citing the fact that the introduction of the Bill is not in accordance with the constitutional scheme of governance of NCT of Delhi, Rules, 1993, Baijal said the “procedure requires mandatory consultation with the Law Department as to the competence of the Legislature of the Capital to enact the measures proposed.”According to a statement issued by the L-G’s office, as per a Delhi High Court (HC) judgment dated August 4, 2016: “Matter related to ‘Services’ falls beyond the legislative competence of the Legislative Assembly of Delhi. It should be approved by the L-G before being tabled in the Assembly.”Officials in the Delhi government, however, begged to differ, saying that the regularisation of teachers falls under the ambit of state’s Education Department. “As per the law, the Bill will be tabled in the Vidhan Sabha and then be sent for the L-G’s approval. In any case, the decision cannot be taken without the L-G’s approval,” a senior official said.Reacting to L-G’s statement, AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said: “Last month, the Delhi Cabinet took a decision to regularise Kashmiri Migrant teachers and the L-G approved that decision. Why can’t it take a decision to regularise guest teachers?”According to sources, the Cabinet will now meet on Wednesday before the special one-day session to discuss the points raised by Baijal.THE BILLGuest teachers engaged for at least 120 days after April 1, 2016, are eligible.
Nearly 15,000 guest teachers and teachers under SSA to become permanent.
Regularisation will be done against sanctioned posts.

AAP asked why illegal office not be taken back

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s Public Works Department (PWD) has issued a show cause notice to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), asking it why the “illegal” allotment of office space to it on Rouse Avenue should not be revoked.In its notice sent to AAP’s national secretary Pankaj Kumar Gupta on September 26, the PWD has also asked why it should not recover “market rent or penal rent” from the party.The notice was issued after getting the approval of Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal.The party, which is in power in Delhi, has been using bungalow number 206, Rouse Avenue, as it office.The party may have to shell out Rs 27.73 lakh as rent for a time period upto May 31, 2017 as directed by the PWD department in earlier orders.AAP has also been directed to submit its reply within seven days from receipt of the notice, failing which the matter will be decided by Lt Governor Anil Baijal.In the communiqué sent to AAP, the PWD department said the party has been using the bungalow for office use in violation of existing rules. It further explained that as per Article 239 AA (3)(c) of the Constitution of India, the Legislative Assembly of Delhi does not induce the power t make any law on Entry 18 of the State list of Seventh Schedule of the Constitution i.e. Land. Hence, the executive powers of the Government of Delhi do not extend to the subject.

Govt appoints new MS in BJRM hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has appointed a new medical superintendent for Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial (BJRM) hospital where a female employee accused the former head for allegedly molesting and abusing her in the hospital.Dr Pratibha Nanda from Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital (SGMH) will be heading the hospital replacing Dr Surinder Pal whose suspension orders will be released on Thursday.”The orders have been approved by the L-G and the Health Minister,” said a senior Delhi government official. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had written to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal seeking action against the accused in the matter.According to sources, Baijal on Wednesday gave his nod to the suspension orders. On Friday, a senior medical officer filed a complaint with Delhi police accusing Dr Pal for allegedly abusing and molesting her.The woman further stated that she had warned the medical superintendent a number of times of dire consequences and had allegedly told him not to continue with his misconduct.However, the doctor allegedly didn’t pay any heed to her warnings. The complainant then later decided to make a video of his actions. A case was registered under Sections 354, 354 A, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code.Sources in the Health Department said that Pal has earlier been accused of harassing a nursing staffer at the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital but no evidence could be found. He then tried to sexually assault a Data Entry Operator at the Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, following which he was transferred to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital.

Civic crackdown on illegal structures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has cracked down on 259 illegal constructions. The corporation started a campaign against illegal and unauthourised constructions after Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had asked the civic bodies to take strict action against unscrupulous builders. The Building Department-South Zone demolished four illegal constructions in Katwaria Sarai and Ghitorni among others.Since June 2017, the Building Department, South Zone has torn down or sealed 259 buildings in areas including Chhattarpur, Khirki Ext, Kishangarh, Malviya Nagar, Ghitorni Rajpur Khurd, Sainik Farms, Shahpur Jat, Vasant Kunj, Khanpur, Munirka, Green Park Main, and so on.“It was observed that builders had developed a strong tendency to swindle innocent buyers by tempting them with more habitable built-up area and utilisable space in their flats, without telling them that the building plans had not been sanctioned, or informing them about the actual status of the unauthorised property,” said a senior official.The civic body is creating awareness among residents and buyers about the issue.The process of procuring sanction has been simplified. The number of enclosures with application has been reduced.TEARING IT DOWNThe demolition drive undertaken by the Corporation follows Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s orders
Kishangarh, Malviya Nagar, Sainik Farms, Shahpur Jat, Vasant Kunj, Khanpur, Munirka affected by action

L-G takes stock of civic works

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant-Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal pulled up the commissioners of three municipal corporations in Delhi over the delay in development work in areas under their respective jurisdiction, during a review meeting held on Monday.The three commissioners apprised Baijal about the measures taken in regard to cleanliness and sanitation across the national Capital.Commissioner of south Corporation, Puneet Goyal, informed that an integrated system of garbage collection has been started in the central zone. He also told the L-G that of the total 155 MCD and DDA markets in south Delhi, redevelopment of 41 markets has been completed.Similarly, north corporation Commissioner Praveen Gupta apprised the L-G about measures taken regarding sanitation in his area. He informed that 2,000 trash cans had been put up in his region. He also said that instructions had been issued for 313 toilets at restaurants (including petrol pumps), to be used by women.East Delhi Commissioner Mohanjeet Singh talked about the civic body’s target to purchase 5,000 trash cans, of which 1,600 cans have already been purchased. It was further informed that the east civic body will install 30 open gyms by the end of September.Baijal then emphasised that a proper policy should be formulated for re-development of MCD and DDA markets, in which facilities such as street furniture, parking, installation of trash cans, maintenance of parks, and signages should be clearly mentioned. He also stressed that the responsibility be fixed on shopkeepers to keep their surrounding areas neat and clean and encroachment-free.The L-G then directed the corporations to beautify areas under flyovers and expedite installation of Water ATMs.

Inmates take part in workshop at Tihar jail, display over 100 artworks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a part of Tihar Kalabhiyan 2017, an artwork exhibition by inmates of Tihar and other jails in India was inaugurated on Saturday at Lalit Kala Akademi Art Galleries.Inmates took part in a five-day workshop at Tihar jail on August 19 to prepare close to 100 works of art.The exhibition was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal and was curated by artist Veer Munshi.”In the generation that I have lived, the meaning of prison has changed. From a damp depressing place where inmates are somehow scraping through to a place of art that allows the process of reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration of the participant prisoners,” said Baijal. He added that he would be ready to intervene on behalf of Tihar inmates whenever needed in order to provide the prisoners with an opportunity of a better life.Over 300 artworks were created by the inmates during the workshop and they also showcased their talents in the cultural evenings organised at the Dilli Haat of Pitampura and Janakpuri. Also, on August 23, Tihar School of Art and an art gallery in Jail No 4 was inaugurated with the objective of giving the prisoners a second chance.Speaking at the event, Sudhir Yadav said, “during the art-event, an art exhibition of artworks produced by the inmates, their family and relatives will be able to see how talented their family members are, who, due to certain reasons, are in jail.”

Priyanka Vadra hospitalised for dengue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi, after being diagnosed with dengue.According to Dr DS Rana, Chairman (Board of Management) of the hospital, Priyanka was suffering from fever and was admitted in the hospital on August 23. “She has been diagnosed with dengue and is recovering,” he said.With 161 new cases reported in the past week, 325 people have been affected by the disease in Delhi this year, twice the number in the same period in 2016 (162). In 2016, there were 4,431 cases of dengue and 10 deaths.In 2016, Delhi witnessed a chikungunya outbreak, recording 7,760 cases. This year too, 194 cases have been reported so far.Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had visited GB Pant and Lok Nayak hospital and the Guru Nanak Eye Centre to monitor existing health facilities. During the discussion, the medical superintendents of hospitals apprised the L-G about the problems being faced such as shortage of staff, equipment, traffic problems and encroachment of hospital land, particularly in the vicinity of the Guru Nanak Eye Centre.

L-G tells cops: Upgrade use of technology

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Friday reviewed the Delhi police’s vision document for the next 10 years and directed them to develop institutional linkages with eminent educational institutions and upgrade technology for systematic capacity-building.During a meeting with Delhi police personnel, the L-G was provided with an overview regarding possible trends over the last ten years. Senior police officers told the L-G that the changing trends included population growth, the total number of IPC crimes registered, the trend in economic offences and online fraud cases, issues of mobility, connectivity, cloud computing and social media among others.The L-G was also briefed about the possible future scenario visualised by the Delhi Police based on discussions with academia like IIT, IIIT-D and the Delhi University. “The scenario envisages the development of smart cities, globalisation, rapid urbanisation, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial Intelligence, wearable devices, new mass transportation models including driverless cars, and artificial intelligence among others,” the LG’s office said in a statement.Outlining its future strategic priorities, the Delhi police informed the changes that would be required in the broad aspects of policing included investigation, intelligence, prevention of crime, traffic management, law and order, human resources and logistics, and the various ways to integrate them.The L-G also directed the police to upgrade their use of technology in a bid to better understand the changing requirements of today’s society.”The Lt Governor also reminded the Delhi Police that their main objective is to prevent and detect crime while pursuing justice for all. He asked them to come up with definite actionable time-bound plans focusing on immediate requirements keeping in view their technological and personnel capabilities,” the statement added.THE BRIEFINGThe L-G was provided with an overview of possible trends over the last ten years and was briefed on the possible changing trends including population growth, number of registered crimes, trend in economic offences & online fraud cases, issues of, connectivity, cloud computing and social media.

AAP office allotment: Hope HC order serves as laxman rekha to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP today welcomed the Delhi High Court’s order of setting aside the Lt Governor order of cancelling the allotment of a bungalow to the party, and said this should serve as a “laxman rekha” for the BJP. AAP leader Raghav Chadha said the decision by Lt Governor Anil Baijal to cancel the allotment of a bungalow at Rouse Avenue in Central Delhi to the party, which is being used for as an office, was unfortunate and against democratic principles and law. He said while the Congress has five offices and a land alloted to it in the national capital, the BJP has seven offices. “Even parties like the BSP and the RJD have offices in the national capital, so shouldn’t a party (the AAP) that won 67 seats in Delhi Legislative Assembly have an office in Delhi?” Chadha said. He said that an office has been allocated to the AAP in Punjab, where it is a state party, without even asking for it. “The allotment of party office to the AAP by the Delhi government was not an act of charity, but fulfilment of a rightful claim of a state recognised party, which should have been allotted an office as per rules after 2013 Delhi Assembly elections,” Chadha said. “The high court order should act as a laxman rekha for the BJP and the Centre which have been targeting the AAP government and its party MLAs,” he said. In its order today, Justice Vibhu Bakhru remanded the matter back to Baijal to pass a reasoned order within eight weeks after hearing the political party. The court said the April 12 order cancelling the allotment did not say which law or rule has been violated. The court also kept in abeyance two consequential orders passed by the Public Works Department of the Delhi government on June 13 rejecting the party’s request for alternative accommodation and directing it to pay dues of over Rs 27 lakh towards the market rent of the property up till May 31.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LG approves pay hike for Delhi anganwadi workers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has approved the Delhi government’s proposal to double the honorarium of Anganwadi workers, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said today. The move comes three weeks after the Delhi cabinet had decided to double the allowances of anganwadi workers and helpers in the national capital. A cabinet decision was taken last month to raise the allowances for the workers and helpers to Rs 10,170 and Rs 5,089 respectively, Sisodia had said. The raise was awaiting Baijal’s approval. Earlier, the workers were being paid Rs 5,000 and Rs 2,500 respectively. “The LG has given his nod to Delhi government’s decision to double the honorarium. Thank you. However, it took 26 days (to get the approval),” Sisodia wrote in a tweet. There are around 11,000 anganwadi centres in Delhi, and each centre has a worker and a helper, a government official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Display contact details of official responsible for upkeep of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed the city’s three municipal corporations to put up display boards on roads under their jurisdiction with contact details of the officials responsible for their maintenance. The directive was issued at a review meeting, chaired by the Lt Governor, with senior officials of the three civic bodies. In the meeting, Baijal has also asked municipal corporations to redevelop and beautify at least one market in each ward and also incentivise shopkeepers for keeping their surroundings clean. “Had a review meeting with MCDs. All roads under them to display boards with contact details of the officer responsible for its maintenance,” the LG tweeted. In another tweet, Baijal said, “One market in each ward to be redeveloped & beautified. Shopkeepers to be incentivised for keeping their surroundings clean.” The development comes days after the Delhi government’s Public Works Department had launched a drive to repair damaged signages and replace the faulty ones across the national capital. As part of the drive, the department will also install new road signages.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘L-G rejected Cabinet’s decision on ex-gratia four times’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was revealed on Tuesday that the Cabinet decision 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.The Delhi government made these submissions in a counter-affidavit, filed in the Delhi High Court (HC), in response to a plea filed by Advocate Avadh Kaushik, which has challenged the government decision to grant the compensation to Grewal’s family. The public interest litigation (PIL) has also opposed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s decision to declare Grewal a martyr.The ex-serviceman had committed suicide by consuming poison during the One Rank One Pension (OROP) protest.The third time, L-G Anil Baijal had stated: “If the Hon’ble Chief Minister is still not convinced and so desires, the matter may kindly be referred to the Council of Ministers as per Rule 49 of the Transaction of Business Rule (TBR), as requested.”On November 4, 2016, the Cabinet had approved the release of the compensation to the family of Grewal by making an exception to the ex-gratia scheme for war widows, war disabled, PoWs, missing in war and operation etc.Then 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.Not averted by this, the proposal was once again sent to the L-G for re-consideration, with statement that Baijal had not considered the Cabinet decision to make an exception for retired Subedar Kishen, who consumed poison on November 1, 2016. The Delhi government admitted that there was neither a statutory scheme nor a Central government scheme in this regard, and that it was purely a decision of the Delhi government, finalised by Delhi Cabinet.”The Delhi government had itself made an exception to the scheme to allow payment to the next of kin of late Grewal. There should be no reason as to why the Delhi Cabinet, which has made the policy, cannot amend the policy or provide exception to the same,” the annexure stated.But the decision was turned down for the third time, with the CM stating that “the L-G had not agreed to concur with the decision of the elected government” and this showed that it was a “clear case of difference of opinion” between the L-G and the elected government.Baijal had said that the underlying principle for grant of ex-gratia was death or injury occurring during the discharge of official duty or display of exemplary valour, while this was a case of suicide by consuming poison.The proposal was sent once again, on July 12, 2017, but to no avail. The matter is now pending with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).AS PER RULESAnil Baijal had said that the underlying principle for grant of ex-gratia was death or injury occurring during the discharge of official duty or display of exemplary valour, while this was a case of suicide by consuming poison.

BJP urges LG to look into power sector’s irregularities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday urged Lieutenent Governor (LG) Anil Baijal to step in and address the issue of irregularities in the power sector, including the arbitrary increase in tariff.Delhi state party President Manoj Tiwari met Baijal and apprised him about the proposed hike in power tariff by the Arvind Kejriwal-led government.Tiwari said the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was conniving with the Delhi Electricity Regulation Commission (DERC) and private power distribution companies in Delhi to hike power tariff. He also accused private power distribution companies of irregularities and demanded that the LG exercise his powers under Section 108 of Delhi Electricity Act, 2003, and direct the DERC to hold fresh public hearing on the proposed multi-year tariff and return of equity as well as invite fresh objections on the matter.The BJP leader told Baijal that the business regulation plan formulated with the ruling state government and private companies was not only against the public interest but was also not in conformity with the law.”Due to the connivance between the Kejriwal government and private power distribution companies, the latter continue to get return on equity (ROE) on the basis of bank rates, going as far back as 2002-2007. During this period, interest rates on loan were around 15 per cent, while ROE was 16 per cent. Now, in 2017, interest rates have fallen to 6 per cent but under the patronage of Kejriwal government, private companies continue to draw an ROE of 14 per cent,” Tiwari claimed.He added that due to this, people were facing a burden of paying an extra Rs 600 crore per annum.’Timely’ benefitsConsumers of the BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) and BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), who pay their three consecutive BRPL bills on Paytm before the due date, will now get an annual accidental death insurance worth Rs 1 lakh. The scheme will continue till August, 2018. Consumers who have paid their bills before the due day in May, June, and July, 2017, through Paytm, will also be eligible for the scheme.

L-G visits Old Delhi, sees Town Hall restoration plan on site

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today paid a visit to the bustling Walled City area, including the iconic Town Hall, where he was given a presentation on its restoration plan by civic officials. The redevelopment plan seeks a conservation of the Victorian-era building that will house a museum, retelling the history of Delhi, the centrepiece of the attractions that are to be built. Baijal, who visited Chandni Chowk, Hanuman Mandir area, Yamuna Bazaar, also instructed officials to work on complete traffic circulation plan of the area. The L-G was accompanied by North Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner P K Gupta, Principal Secretary (PWD), CEO (Delhi Jal Board), Secretary (Transport and Power), Joint CP Traffic, CEO (DUSIB) and senior officers of various other agencies. Baijal emphasised on the need for creation of new parking lots and upgradation of existing ones by the corporation to cater to the growing requirement of the area and also for ensuring proper day-to-day cleanliness and sanitation. Built in 1860s, the Town Hall, a landmark building, was the seat of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi from 1866 till 2009. The erstwhile unified MCD was trifurcated in 2012 and the landmark currently falls under the NDMC. The corporation has set the ball rolling for hiring a consultant for preparing a fresh restoration plan for the iconic 150-year-old Town Hall and is likely to float a tender soon. A craft baazar, a dancing fountain, a maze, light and sound programmes, street food, children activity area, a boutique hotel, food court, courtyard and sculpture garden, digital library, lecture rooms, fine dining areas, will also be developed in its premises. Baijal also asked Commissioner (Transport), Delhi and Joint CP (Delhi Traffic) to ensure regulated plying of registered e-rickshaws. After Town Hall, he inspected the Hanuman Mandir flyover and directed for time-bound completion of beautification work undergoing beneath it. He was informed that there is a proposal for construction of two multi-level stack parking lots in the area and for installation of one flower waste processing machine near the temple premises.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Move docs away from Delhi Secretariat into hosps: L-G

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of rising cases of dengue and chikungunya in Delhi, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has shot off a letter to the Delhi government asking them not to deploy doctors, para-medical and non-medical staff in the Delhi Secretariat and other government offices. In his letter to Chief Secretary MM Kutty and Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, the L-G also asked for an action-taken report to be submitted within two weeks.”Considering the current need to gear up our health infrastructure to meet the challenges of rising cases of dengue, chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases, it would be desirable to look into this matter urgently and repatriate all such staff to their respective institutions,” the L-G said in his letter dated July 20.Sources in the health department feel that the move has been aimed at shifting qualified doctors back to the hospitals who have been given administrative jobs. “The main job of the doctor is to treat patients and not to pass orders.He should be ideally sitting in the hospital and treating patients. Even a single doctor can help in taking the burden off from existing staff,” said a senior health official requesting anonymity.Many government hospitals in Delhi are reeling under acute shortages of ophthalmologists and paediatricians. “Some of the senior paediatricians are handling administrative work in the Delhi Secretariat while the hospitals are left to suffer,” added another senior government official.The L-G had earlier directed the agencies to effectively monitor and improve the functioning of their 24X7 helpline numbers and update their database to provide real-time information on beds and other details to the public. Baijal also directed the municipal bodies to designate a nodal person for each ward, who will be responsible for vector control, awareness-related measures, and ward-wise reports of activities being carried out at the ground level. These, he said, should be submitted on a daily basis to the controlling authorities.

SDMC gets 6 new mechanical sweepers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to maintain sanitation in its area, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Saturday acquired six new mechanical street sweepers and other modern machines. The machines were showcased at an event where Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal was present.Baijal asked the SDMC to procure all the remaining machines, which have been ordered by it, at the earliest.SDMC Commissioner PK Goel said the sweepers will help in keeping our roads clean. “The sweepers have rotating brushes that are used to keep roads, pavements and other hard surfaces clean and free from debris. It has a 31,000-mm sweeping width that ensures effective and quick cleaning of roads which can save thousands of man hours and reduce pollution,” Goel said.”This move will go a long way in improving the ranking of the civic body in the next Swachhata Sarvekshan,” he added.Meanwhile, the L-G asked the SDMC to strive hard to match the level of cleanliness achieved by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). “More efforts are required for cleaning and sanitation,” he said.The L-G later took a round of the recently beautified Defence Colony Market. “During the inspection, he was also given a presentation on the proposed fully automated multi-level (G+5) car parking at Defence Colony Market,” the SDMC said in a statement.Baijal concluded his visit with an inauguration of beautification work of the area underneath the Lajpat Nagar flyover to make it clean, green, and an attractive place in South Delhi.”It will be constructed over an area of 914 square meters at an estimated cost of Rs 13 lakh within 12 months,” a senior official at the civic body said. Baijal visited the site of the beautification work, currently underway, beneath the Lajpat Nagar flyover on Ring Road,” the official added.South Corporation’s Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat stated that the SDMC have been taking a number of initiatives to boost sanitation activities.AnalysisCleanliness has been an issue for Delhi’s civic corporations, especially the east and south corporations, faring particularly badly. Lack of accountability and a clear mandate are the chief reasons why these areas remain unclean.

SDMC mayor writes to LG, CM over identification of wards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding identification of municipal wards falling under it. In her letter to Baijal and Kejriwal, Sehrawat alleged the notification was pending with the AAP government and sought their intervention in the matter. “Consequently, various committees, such as, Standing Committee, Wards Committee and various other constitutional committees of SDMC are also pending. “Due to non-constitution of committees, the corporation is not able to carry out works, causing delay in various decisions of public interest,” she said in the letter. She said, “I shall be grateful if you could intervene in the matter and expedite notification in the best interest of public of Delhi.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Work in mission mode to make Delhi open defecation free:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal today reviewed the progress of making the city open defecation-free and asked the authorities concerned to work in “mission mode” to achieve the target. He held a meeting with senior officials of the three municipal corporations and Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB). “Reviewed progress on steps for Open Defecation Free (ODF) Delhi. Exhorted MCDs & DUSIB to work in mission mode. Proper hygiene is everyone’s right,” the Lt Governor tweeted. Around 10,000 community toilets have been constructed by the Delhi government in the last two years. Last month, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had reaffirmed that all slum clusters in the city will be made open defecation-free by March next year. At an event, Kejriwal had said soon after the AAP government was formed, he had enquired the officers about the time period for making all jhuggi jhopri (JJ) clusters in the city open defecation-free, adding that the time period assessed varied from five to 10 years. “However, I gave them a target of 2-3 years and promised that there will not be any shortage of funds. All slum clusters will now become open-defecation free by March 2018.” the CM had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Save heritage of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk: Goel to L-G

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Highlighting the decay of the rich heritage of Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk due to “illegal construction” and other civic impediments, Union minister Vijay Goel has appealed to the Lt Governor to intervene and take measures to restore its historic charm. Goel, who has been a two-time Lok Sabha member from the Chandni Chowk seat, also urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal to see if the area can be developed on the lines of the Smart City project of the Centre. In a letter to Baijal, Goel, who is a known connoisseur of heritage, flagged the “degrading situation” of Chandni Chowk – the principal street in Old Delhi, running from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid, lined by bustling markets on both sides. Goel requested the L-G to “intervene and take measures to restore the beauty and originality of the historic place,” a statement from the minister’s office said. In his letter, the minister, who holds the portfolio of sports and youth affairs, also said that the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Corporation (SRDC) has offered many suggestions pertaining to the area’s development and restoration, and “these must be implemented to save Chandni Chowk”. The SRDC is a special purpose vehicle (SPV) created about a decade ago to improve civic amenities in the Walled City, which is populated with several old, iconic havelis, Raj-era mansions and colonial-era shops and landmarks. Goel, however, alleged that the SRDC itself has “failed to work” on those suggestions. “Chandni Chowk has suffered due to illegal construction, and civic issues like encroachment and lack of proper electricity, water, parking places and so on. “It is high time that the authorities take a serious stand and resolve the pending issues to conserve and preserve the cultural richness and golden heritage of Chandni Chowk,” Goel said in the letter. Built in mid-17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as part of his capital city Shahjahanabad, Chandni Chowk is steeped in history and dotted with old buildings, shops and landmarks endowed with ornate design and architecture. A famous tourist destination, for both Indians and foreigners, it is also known for its street food.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goel appeals to LG to save heritage of Chandni Chowk

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Vijay Goel today appealed to the Lt Governor to intervene and take measures to restore the old charm of Chandni Chowk, saying its rich heritage has been destroyed by “illegal construction” and other civic issues. Goel, who has been a two-time Lok Sabha member from the Chandni Chowk seat, also urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal to see if the area can be developed on the lines of a Smart City project of the Centre. In a letter to Baijal, the minister, who is a known connoisseur of heritage, flagged the “degrading situation” of Chandni Chowk – the principal street in Old Delhi, running from Red Fort to Fatehpuri Masjid, lined by bustling markets on both sides. Goel requested the LG to “intervene and take measures to restore the beauty and originality of the historic place,” a statement from the minister’s office said. Goel in his letter also said that the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Board has offered many suggestions pertaining to the area’s development and restoration, and “these must be implemented to save Chandni Chowk”. Goel, also alleged that the Shahjahanabad Redevelopment Board has “failed to work” in this area. “Chandni Chowk has suffered due to illegal construction, and civic issues like electricity, water, parking, encroachment and so on. “It is high time that the authorities take a serious stand and resolve the pending issues to conserve and preserve the cultural richness and golden heritage of Chandni Chowk,” Goel said in the letter. Built in mid 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, it is steeped in history and is dotted with old buildings, shops and landmarks, endowed with old design and architecture. A famous tourist destination, for both Indians and foreigners, it is also known for its street food.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tiwarti meets families of sanitation workers who die cleaning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today met the families of the four sanitation workers who died while cleaning a septic tank in Ghitorni last week. Tiwari was also accompanied by the chairmen of Scheduled Caste(SC) Commission and National Commission for Safai Karmcharis (NCSK), a statement issued from Delhi BJP media department head Mahesh Verma said. “During the meeting with the families at Chhatarpur and Ghitorni, the Safai Karmchari commission chairman announced a cash compensation for the bereaved families. The compensation is likely to be Rs 10 lakh for each family, as per rules of the Centre,” it said. On July 15, the four sanitation workers died of asphyxiation while cleaning the septic tank in an under- construction building in south Delhi’s Ghitorni. Two men, including supervisor of the building Niranjan Singh and gardner Ridhipal, have been arrested by the police in the matter. Tiwari said he will request Lt Governor Anil Baijal to instruct Delhi Jal Board to empanel septic tank cleaning workers, adding that it should also provide safety kits to them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP govt once again approves Rs 1 cr compensation to Grewal’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After the Delhi Lt. Governor rejected it three months ago, the Aam Aadmi Party government today once again approved the proposal to award Rs 1 crore as compensation to the family of ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal. Grewal has allegedly committed suicide in November last year over the issue implementation of “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) scheme. Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while briefing reporters about the Cabinet decisions, said the government was resending the proposal to the Lt. Governor requesting him to clear it as a one-time “exception”. Earlier, a similar proposal was sent by the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation to the L-G office, which was struck down by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal in March arguing that the “death did not occur in the line of duty, as mandated under the Delhi government’s existing policy” to grant ex-gratia to victims. “Grewal ji belonged to a poor family and he died for a cause. We all should think beyond boundaries on such issues. The government will request the LG to clear it by treating it as exception in the ex-gratia scheme,” Sisodia said. While striking down the proposal in March, Baijal had said, “This specific case (Grewal’s death) does not fall within the parameters of the scheme for the grant of ex-gratia payment i.e. death occurring in the discharge of official duty. “Therefore, while I fully sympathise with the family of late subhedar (retd) Ram Kishan Grewal, I am not able to agree to the proposal for payment of ex-gratia relief.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi Govt. seeks setting of five-judge constitution bench

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi government on Tuesday sought an early hearing in the Supreme Court of setting up of five-judge constitution bench to decide the issue whether the Lieutenant Governor is the administration head of it or not. The Supreme Court today assured the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government that it would consider setting up a five-judge constitution bench to decide its batch of appeals challenging the high court verdict holding the Lt. Governor administrative head of the national capital territory. Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal on Monday expressed surprise over Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal?s complaint that he and his ministers were ?kept in dark? about the work done on resolving the city?s traffic bottlenecks. The chief minister had on July 6 written a letter to Baijal stating that he and his Cabinet colleagues were not aware of the constitution of six task forces by the LG to deal with traffic congestion in the city. In his letter to the chief minister, Baijal cited several meetings attended by PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and secretary to transport minister on the issue. ?The lieutenant-governor expressed surprise that the CM and his ministers did not have any knowledge of the issue, despite so much work been done in the last six months with the minister (Mr Jain) attending the meetings or being informed from time to time, and the issue itself getting so much of media coverage,? the L-G office said in a statement. He said the statement (CM?s July 6 letter) about the elected government being kept in dark did not appear to be based on facts. ?In today?s letter, the chief minister was informed by the LG that minutes of the very first meeting he chaired to review submission of the six task forces on March 28 was endorsed to the secretary to minister (Transport),? the L-G office?s statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Baijal writes to Delhi CM; says ministers were informed about

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today wrote to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over the latter’s complaint that he and his ministers were “kept in dark” about the work done on resolving the city’s traffic bottlenecks. The chief minister had on July 6 written a letter to Baijal stating that he and his cabinet colleagues were not aware of the constitution of six task forces by the LG to deal with traffic congestion. In his letter to the chief minister, Baijal cited several meetings attended by PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and secretary to transport minister on the issue. “The Lt Governor expressed surprise that the CM and his ministers did not have any knowledge of the issue, despite so much work been done in the last six months with the minister (Jain) attending the meetings or being informed from time to time, and the issue itself getting so much of media coverage,” the LG office said in a press statement. He said the statement (CM’s July 6 letter) about the elected government being kept in dark did not appear to be based on facts. “In today’s letter, the chief minister was informed by the LG that minutes of the very first meeting he chaired to review submission of the six task forces on March 28 was endorsed to the secretary to minister (Transport),” the LG office’s statement said. “A copy of the minutes of this meeting too was endorsed to the secretary to minister (Transport). Subsequent to this, the LG chaired another meeting on May 16 focusing on two pilot corridors – Aurobindo Marg (Aurobindo Marg to Andheria More) and Savitri Flyover (Chirag Delhi Crossing to Savitri Flyover),” Baijal said. The LG’s statement also stated that PWD and Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain not only attended this meeting but also gave useful suggestions. “The PWD minister also attended a meeting on June 6 to review action taken in pursuance of a Delhi High Court order. This fact was clearly mentioned in a previous letter of the Lt Governor to the chief minister dated July 5,” the statement added. Baijal, however, welcomed the chief minister’s offer of full cooperation and hoped that an effective solution to this complex problem will be found at the earliest with the cooperation of all stakeholders. In the first week of July, Kejriwal had written to the chief secretary, asking him to directed the transport department to prepare a list of bottlenecks on city’s roads by August 15. Following the CM’s letter, Baijal had on July 5 written to Kejriwal saying that he has already constituted six task forces to deal with the problem.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

L-G for enhancing capacity of C&D, waste-to-energy plants in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today suggested to the EDMC to explore the possibility of enhancing the capacity of the construction and demolition (C&D) plant at Shahstri Park and the Ghazipur waste-to-energy unit in east Delhi. He made the suggestion during an inspection visit to the C&D plant, which, according to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), “recovers and recycles about 95 per cent of waste” it receives. The commissioner of the EDMC, Mohanjeet Singh, said it is a public-private-partnership project and the entire design, conceptualisation and execution has been undertaken by the concessionaire to operate the plant for a 15-year period. “In order to comprehensively manage the waste generated in east Delhi, it was desired by the L-G that the EDMC must explore the possibility of enhancing the capacity of the Shastri Park C&D plant as well as the Ghazipur waste-to-energy plant and assured all support from his side,” the Raj Niwas said in a statement. The latest wet-processing technology used in the plant has been adopted to suit the C&D waste generated after learning the lessons from a similar facility at Burari in north Delhi. It minimises process residues as well as dust and noise pollution, it said. Baijal was apprised that the facility gets mixed waste from 15 designated sites in east Delhi as well as on demand. Till date, the C&D plant has processed 2 lakh tonnes of waste, thus substantially reducing the burden on landfill or dumping sites in the city, the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Fix accountability to ensure timely cleaning, de-silting of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today sought area-wise report on de-silting of drains and installation of water pumps to deal with the problem of water-logging in the national capital He also stressed on fixing the responsibility of drains section-wise on the engineers concerned to ensure “improved accountability” on them with regard to their timely cleaning and disposal of silt. Baijal, during a meeting with all stakeholders in which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain were also present, directed all stakeholders to have an “empirical database” of all such action points for improved analysis that should lead to better long-term solutions. During the monsoon season, Delhiites had to face the problem of water-logging which often lead to long traffic jams in several areas. Baijal stressed that section-wise responsibility of drains should be fixed so that there is improved accountability of the concerned engineers with regard to their timely cleaning and disposal of silt, a statement from the LG office said. “The Lt Governor also sought area wise report of de- silting and installation of pumps. He also instructed agencies/stakeholders to have an empirical database of all such action points for improved analysis that should lead to better long-term solutions,” it said. In the meeting, both Baijal and Kejriwal also stressed to leverage latest technology and asked the Public Works Department (PWD) to explore the possibility of deploying a greater number of super-sucker machines, so that the silt can be directly removed from the drains and its re-entry is prevented. Meanwhile, Jain said that the PWD has received about 300 complaints through its whatsapp helpline. Baijal was informed by the engineer-in-chief (PWD) that the department has identified 155 locations vulnerable to water-logging and arrangement has been made to control the situation. Further, the PWD has taken long-term solutions for 53 earlier vulnerable locations by providing additional or modifying existing drains as required, the engineer-in-chief said. Around 370 vulnerable points, provided by the traffic police, have been examined and action has been taken to prevent water-logging in those areas that fall under PWD jurisdiction, besides coordinating with other agencies for 58 points pertaining to them, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Transport dept may lodge FIR against Shuttl owners

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a major crack down on the app-based bus aggregator Shuttl, the Transport Department is mulling over prosecuting the two owners of the Gurugram-based company for ‘illegally’ plying buses in the national Capital.In the last two days, the department’s enforcement teams have impounded 52 Shuttl buses for permit violations. The app-based service issues online tickets to passengers. According to officials, in order to avoid detection after the crack down, the aggregator has been plying interstate buses.”We are considering lodging an FIR against the owners, as even after repeated action against their operations, they have not withdrawn their services from the city,” a senior Delhi government official said.After a large number of their buses were impounded, the aggregator was found issuing more tickets and telling passengers that “for easy identification, find the Tourist/Paras sticker on your Shuttl”, the officials said.”This is to deceive the enforcement officials. The app-based company is running these buses without permit and has become a menace. The company does not have the permit of a stage carrier, yet they are running operations like this. They cannot pick up individual passengers or make routes as such,” the official added.The buses have raised several security concerns as the gang rape of paramedical student Jyoti Singh in 2012 took place inside a private illegally-run bus.Former Transport Minister Goapl Rai had landed in a major controversy after favouring the bus company. The aggregator has more than 700 buses and the fares for this app-based bus service range between Rs 50 and Rs 80.Concerned about the security of women in the national Capital, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had asked the Delhi government to ensure that no private buses were plying ‘illegally’. Also, Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal had directed the state Transport Department to impound illegally-run private carriers within the city.So far this year, the department has impounded 1,147 illegally plying buses, of which 1,105 are interstate diesel-run buses, which cause pollution.

L-G directs govt to clear signal free corridor to IGI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a move, which will ease out traffic on one of the busiest roads, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal has directed the Delhi government to clear the North-South signal-free corridor from Wazirabad to Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport at the earliest. The decision came after the government gave a presentation on the project worth Rs 6,000 crore.”We made a presentation on the project before the L-G, who took a keen interest and directed UTTIPEC — Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre — to approve the project at the earliest,” Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain said after a meeting with Baijal and other PWD officials.The project will benefit a large number of Delhi residents by reducing travel time between north Delhi and the airport. “It takes around three hours to reach the airport from Wazirabad because of traffic jams at various places. Once this corridor is completed, time needed to travel between Wazirabad and airport will be reduced to 30 minutes only,” Jain said.The signal-free corridor comprises 28.6 km of elevated six-laned road and a six-kilometre tunnel between Zakhira and Pankha Road in west Delhi. The corridor will start from the Signature Bridge in Wazirabad and end at UER II (Urban Extension Road II) near the Indira Gandhi International Airport via Zakhira, Pankha Road, Nalah Road, and Dwarka.According to sources, the project was awaiting approval for about a year and a half. “The project will now be completed in three and a half years. There will be no hurdle once the project is approved. All formalities have been completed,” Jain added.A similar east-west signal-free corridor of nearly 29 km — from Anand Vihar in east Delhi to near Tikri Border in west Delhi — was delayed due to some objections from the Railways.Meanwhile, the Signature Bridge in Wazirabad will now be completed by May-June 2018, against the 2017-end deadline, since construction will remain suspended for four months due to monsoon.BRIDGE DELAYEDThe Signature Bridge in Wazirabad will now be completed by May-June 2018, against the 2017-end deadline, since construction will remain suspended for four months due to monsoon.

Signature Bridge to be finished by December

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government has accelerated the process for the much-awaited Signature Bridge. A proposal for the budget for over Rs 100 crore has been sent to the finance department for final approval on Monday. Once the budget is approved by the department, work on the bridge will pick up pace.”The file which was stuck for more than two years has finally been moved to the finance department. We are now waiting for the final nod,” said a senior PWD official.The bridge, which was supposed to be ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, has been declared a white elephant by the AAP government. A budget of Rs 1,131 crore was sanctioned but till now Rs 1,575 crore have been spent.”We are waiting for the pending funds for more than two years now. A total amount of Rs 331 crore is pending and we have been asking the Delhi government to get it cleared. Once the amount is cleared from the cabinet, it will be transferred to us and we can go ahead with the work,” said a senior PWD official.”If the funds are not transferred, work will be delayed. It is already getting hampered due to shortage of funds,” added another PWD official.Since early 2015, after AAP started monitoring the project, the deadline was shifted twice. In September 2016, a “final” deadline of April 2017 had been set. It was then moved to September 2017 and now the latest deadline is the end of this year.Delhi Social Welfare Minister Rajinder Pal Gautam, who had inspected the bridge earlier this month, had written to the chief secretary, saying that the work should not go on beyond December 31, this year, under any circumstances.Gautam’s visit follows an inspection of the bridge by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal in January this year when a deadline of September 30, 2017 was fixed.Sources who were part of that inspection team, had even then warned that the pace of work was extremely slow and that it could easily spill into 2018.

LG urges civic bodies to involve public in cleanliness drives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has directed the Deputy Commissioners of the three Municipal Corporation Divisions (MCDs) to ensure cleanliness and regular maintenance of parks and open gyms.”Monitoring cleanliness of roads, public places, dhalaos etc., must be ensured. Strict action will be taken for non-performance regarding the poor maintenance of parks,” Baijal stated.The LG was speaking at the third fortnightly review meeting of three Municipal Corporations. The NDMC chairman and the three MCD commissioners were among the people present.Various other issues were also discussed at the meeting that included the construction of new community toilets, involvement of RWAs in monitoring cleanliness of roads, public places and dhalaos, display of public notices and uniform billboards/signages, development of parking lots and multi-level parking.Parking has been a major problem in the Capital, especially in areas like Connaught Place, where adequate parking spaces are hard to find. Development of parking lots, especially multi-layer car parking has been talked about but with little result. As far as CP is concerned, there are plans on the anvil to reduce the number of cars with the cap on parking charges being removed. However, critics point out that given the large number of offices here, this may not solve the problem.The municipal bodies have also been instructed to expedite installation of Water ATMs in their areas in light of the extreme heat. Also, MCDs have been asked to increase mechanical sweeping in various areas.The LG also directed the civic bodies to put up boards at prominent places giving the contact numbers of the person who can be contacted for making complaints against lack of cleanliness. As regards disposal of municipal solid waste, he asked for a quick implementation of integrated system of garbage collection and disposal.OTHER AGENDASVarious other issues were also discussed at the meeting apart from maintenance and cleanliness with the Deputy Commissioners.
The issues include the construction of new community toilets, involvement of RWAs in monitoring cleanliness of roads, public places and dhalaos.
The L-G also discussed issues like display of public notices and uniform billboards, development of parking lots and multi-level parking.

Delhi to start bid to go solar with govt offices

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With an aim to spread awareness about the use of green energy, the Delhi government’s Power Department has planned a massive outreach programme for various resident welfare associations (RWAs) across the national Capital. Last week, the department had opened the registration process for installation of rooftop solar power plants in the city, as it aims to tap one Giga Watt of green energy by 2020.Under the scheme, 30 per cent financial assistance for the solar photo-voltaic plant will be given by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). A generation-based incentive (GBI) of Rs two per unit will also be there for the residential category, a senior Delhi government official said.”It is extremely important to have net metering in all areas. We are starting from Delhi government offices and then will move on to other commercial establishments. Eventually, everyone should have a net metering system,” the official added.Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. As of now, there are 53 net metering systems in Delhi. According to an official: “The maintenance of panels will be an issue. Discoms will have to play a major role in pushing the model forward.”The Indraprastha Power Generation Company Limited (IPGCL) has empanelled vendors for solar photo-voltaic installations. The BSES, at present, has around 400 net metering connections in various parts of the Capital, with a sanctioned load of over 15 MW.”We are aggressive in regard to the installation of solar power panels in residential as well as commercial establishments,” a BSES official said.Earlier this month, Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal had directed the Power Department to prepare a standard operating procedure (SOP) and a roadmap to promote installation of solar power panels in the city.NET METERINGNet metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid.
As of now, there are 53 net metering systems in Delhi.

L-G tells officials to expedite Rani Jhansi separator project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on Saturday inspected the under-construction Rani Jhansi grade separator, an ambitious flyover project in north Delhi, and directed officials to complete the project by October.The 1.6-km-long flyover from near St Stephen’s Hospital to Filmistaan Cinema, was originally scheduled to be completed by 2010, but has missed several deadlines.Baijal also directed all stakeholders to take action in a time-bound manner and work within strict timelines.”The L-G will again visit the site after a month to review the progress of the project and ensure that this much-needed project for decongestion of traffic in the area is completed by October-end,” said an official from the L-G’s office.Baijal chaired an onsite meeting with all stakeholders at DCM Chowk and enquired about various bottlenecks which are delaying the project. North Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner PK Gupta told Baijal that despite various hindrances, “most of the work has been completed.”Northern Railway officials present in the meeting said the railway work will be completed by mid-September.Delhi Jal Board CEO Keshav Chandra informed the L-G that the work of shifting of major pipelines and sewer will be completed by Sunday. Baijal then urged Chandra to ensure that there is no leakage from pipelines.The L-G also directed NDMC commissioner to ensure there are no potholes on the road to avoid waterlogging during the rainy season. He further instructed the commissioner that materials used should be of prescribed standards for the construction of Grade Separator.North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal had on May 25 inspected the progress of the construction. “The project will benefit residents of areas like Shakti Nagar, Karol Bagh, Gulabi Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Sadar Bazar, Paharganj, Azad Market and surrounding areas,” she had said.

Complete Rani Jhansi flyover proj by Oct-end: LG to officials

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today inspected the under-construction Rani Jhansi Grade Separator, an ambitious flyover project in north Delhi, and directed officials to complete the project work by October. The 1.6-km-long flyover from near St Stephen’s Hospital to Filmistaan Cinema, was originally scheduled to be completed by 2010, but has missed several deadlines. Baijal also directed all stakeholders to take action in a time-bound manner and work within strict timelines. “The LG will again visit the site after a month to review the progress of the project and ensure that this much-needed project for decongestion of traffic in the area is completed by October-end,” the Raj Niwas said in a statement. He chaired an onsite meeting with all stakeholders at DCM Chowk and enquired about various bottlenecks which are delaying the project. North Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner P K Gupta told Baijal that despite “various hindrances” coming in the alignment, “most of the work has been completed”. Northern Railway official present in the meeting said the railway work will be completed by mid-September. CEO, Delhi Jal Board informed the LG that the work of shifting of major pipelines and sewer will be completed by tomorrow. Baijal urged the CEO DJB to ensure that there should be no leakage from pipelines, the statement said. The LG also directed the NDMC commissioner to ensure there are no potholes on the road to avoid waterlogging during the rainy season. He further instructed the commissioner that materials used should be of prescribed standards for the construction of Grade Separator. New Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal had also on May 25 inspected the progress of the construction. “The project will benefit residents of areas like Shakti Nagar, Karol Bagh, Gulabi Bagh, Kamla Nagar, Sadar Bazar, Paharganj, Azad Market and surrounding areas,” she had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP leaders meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal over party office issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Somnath Bharti met L-G Anil Baijal on Tuesday to discuss various issues. While Singh and Ashutosh put forth their demand to allow the party to continue using its office at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg, Bharti sought Baijal’s help over the deteriorating law and order issue in his constituency.”We met the L-G and requested him that AAP should be allowed to use its office and the fine imposed on us should be revoked,” Singh said. Following AAP’s demand, the L-G asked them to submit their demands regarding the party office ‘in written’.On June 15, the Public Works Department (PWD) imposed a fine of Rs 27 lakh on AAP citing unauthorised occupation of the party office at the erstwhile Rouse Avenue, which was later renamed Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg. The party had denied the charge.Earlier in April, the three-member Shunglu Committee questioned the Delhi Cabinet’s decision to allow the government-owned bungalow to AAP for its official use, following which Baijal had cancelled the allotment. On April 12, the PWD had issued a notice to AAP’s chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to immediately vacate the bungalow.Later in the day, Bharti, along with a delegation of business people and residents of his constituency Malviya Nagar, met Baijal and expressed his concern on the issue of the deteriorating law and order situation in his locality.”The L-G assured the delegation of all possible help and issued relevant instructions to the concerned officers. He also expressed satisfaction that the aggrieved came themselves to put their grievances before him,” Bharti said.Meanwhile, sacked AAP leader Kapil Mishra also met L-G. Post L-G’s meeting with Mishra, Ashutosh tweeted, “LG is like a guardian of the government. How can a guardian do this?”

AAP leaders meet LG over eviction notice to party office

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of AAP leaders today met Lt Governor Anil Baijal alleging that the party was being “singled out” and made to pay fine for “unauthorised occupation” of office premises on Deen Dayal Upadhyay Marg here. AAP leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashutosh met Baijal at Raj Niwas and said the party was slapped with a fine for ‘illegal’ occupation of office premises by the Public Works Department (PWD), despite having 66 MLAs in the 70-numbered Delhi Assembly. The BJP has only four MLAs in the Assembly, yet it has “seven offices”, while the Congress has zero legislators but the party occupies “four offices”, they told Baijal. “There is no logic to this if AAP is being singled out when it has 66 MLAs in Delhi Assembly,” they said. The PWD had cited unauthorised occupation of the bungalow on the Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Marg by AAP as its office, and slapped a fine of Rs 27 lakh on it. The decision for allotment of the bungalow to AAP by the party-ruled government in Delhi was flagged by the Shunglu Committee. In November 2015, the AAP government had approved a policy for land allotment to state parties. The Kejriwal government then alloted a bungalow to the AAP on Rouse Avenue the following year. The bungalow was earlier alloted to Asim Ahmed Khan, who was later sacked from the Delhi Cabinet over graft charges. Present Lt Governor had in April this year cancelled the allotment. A notice was issued by the PWD after this to AAP national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for vacating the premises. Another senior AAP leader and Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti also met the Lt Governor, seeking his intervention in the “deteriorating” law and order situation in his constituency. A delegation of businessmen and local residents of Malviya Nagar accompanied Bharti.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lutyens’ Delhi all set for Yoga Day, 18k to participate

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hectic preparations are underway in Lutyens’ Delhi for the International Yoga Day, to be observed on June 21. The radial and circle roads of Connaught Place (CP), Nehru Park, Lodhi Garden, Talkatora Garden, and Children’s Park at India Gate are being decked up for the event, in which over 18,000 people are expected to participate on Wednesday.The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has set the stage at six radial circles of CP for the event., wherein Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and Union Minister for Urban Development (MoUD) M Venkaiah Naidu, will do yoga.The civic body has been organising rehearsals for the event at all venues. Besides, week-long yoga classes have been organised in the morning at all subways, parks, and gardens in the area. The spots were also decorated with illustrations of yoga asanas or postures.”We had started the rehearsals for the event a week in advance. We are expecting over 18,000 people to turn up in Lutyens’ Delhi on the Yoga Day. The event is being organised at a large scale and we hope to see a large number of participants and enthusiasts,” a senior official said.Besides, in a tie-up with a graffiti organisation, the Council has been painting the walls of the area, including market places, with the theme being yoga postures. The International Yoga Day is being celebrated on June 21 since 2015.

PWD fine: AAP alleges govt officers ‘threatened’ by BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of PWD slapping a fine of Rs 27 lakh on the AAP, the party has alleged that Delhi government officers are being “openly threatened” by BJP leaders to send notice to the Kejriwal dispensation lest their “career would be ruined”. Senior party spokesperson Sanjay Singh has shot off a letter to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, saying, despites securing 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi Assembly elections, “the entire system was after that one office of that party”. The Public Works Department (PWD) of the Delhi government has slapped a fine of Rs 27 lakh on the AAP for “unauthorised occupation” of a bungalow in central Delhi’s Rouse Avenue, which houses the party headquarters. Perhaps it is the first time in the history of India that an officer of a government is asking the ruling party to vacate an office and sending notice of Rs 27 lakh, Singh claims in the letter sent today to the L-G office. “We have spoken to these officers and we have got to know that they are being openly threatened by the BJP leaders to send notice to the Kejriwal dispensation or their career would be ruined,” he alleged in the letter. A Delhi BJP spokesperson when contacted said, “Is Sanjay Singh the spokesperson of the government. He should focus on the work related to his party. We will respond when the Delhi government spokesperson says something.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Hold Janata Darbar on lines of AAP govt: Kejriwal to LG

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has suggested Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal to hold ‘Janata Darbar’ (public meeting) for an hour on the lines of the AAP government holding the same. In his letter to Baijal, Kejriwal has said that there are many subjects of public dealing like the police and the Delhi Development Authority for which the LG is directly responsible. “Most humbly, may I request LG also to meet public…, without appointment, and hear public grievances? This would be appreciated by everyone and also set an example for all officers that if LG and chief minister themselves are meeting public, than they should also meet,” the letter states. The chief minister has reportedly warned the Delhi government officials not meeting members of the public without appointment of disciplinary action. Recently in a letter to the chief secretary, Kejriwal had asked the top official to issue a strict warning to all officers that violating the instructions in this regard will lead to disciplinary action. The chief minister in his letter said that he has asked all the ministers and the officials to meet the public without appointment at their respective offices from 10 am to 11 am on all working days. “This step is being taken to make government accessible to the public. In fact, I myself along with all my ministers and MLAs, am also available during this time to meet the public,” Kejriwal said in his letter to the LG.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Is it fair that files from LG to CM come via BJP: Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Is it appropriate that copies of files marked by the Lt. Governor to the Chief Minister should reach the BJP before they reach the CM,” Arvind Kejriwal sought to know from Anil Baijal. Kejriwal shot off a letter to Baijal yesterday after the latter returned a file pertaining to constitution of six wholesale markets to the Delhi government, seeking to know if all rules were followed in nominating members of the market’s committees. Notably, Vijender Gupta, a BJP MLA and the leader of opposition in Delhi Assembly, had on June 13 briefed media about the LG returning the file related to mandies to the AAP government. “This file reached my office late last evening (June 13), much after it reached the BJP and the BJP MLA had already made a statement. “Does the LG think it is appropriate that copies of files marked by the LG to CM should reach the BJP before they reach CM?” Kejriwal asked in the letter. The AAP government had sent the file to the LG for his approval on formation of committees for the six mandies. Yesterday, Gupta had alleged that, “The committees are being formed in violation of rules which lay down that the nominated members could only be agriculturist, traders and qualified commission agents and weighmen.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi govt issues WhatsApp number for water-logging complaints

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government today issued a WhatsApp number and an email id where people can register complaints about water-logging in the national capital, ahead of the approaching monsoon rains. The Public Works Department (PWD) has also appealed to the general public to inform it about the locations which will be waterlogged during monsoon. According to the PWD, people can send complaints of water-logging with pictures through WhatsApp number – 8130188222 and email id – [email protected] Recently, PWD Minister Sateyndar Jain had directed his department to issue the same so that complaints of water-logging could be resolved at the earliest. Last month, the Delhi government had warned that if the residents suffered due to water-logging during the monsoon season, the officers concerned would face action. In a recent note to Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also cautioned against the desilting of drains “only on papers”, saying such anomalies must stop. Lt Governor Anil Baijal had also constituted a high-level committee headed by the PWD Secretary to look after desilting of drains and open manholes. It was aimed at better coordination between multiple agencies to tackle the water-logging problem.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Action taken against 19 pollution checking centres for

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Transport Department has taken action against 19 pollution checking centres for “flouting norms” in certifying vehicles on emission after an EPCA report found the city’s pollution under control (PUC) certification mechanism severely wanting. During a review meeting on air pollution chaired by Lt. Governor Anil Baijal today, the department said that it has suspended license of 14 pollution checking centres (PCCs) while that of five have been cancelled. The city has around 970 PCC centres, which are certified to check the emission of around 70 lakh vehicles in the city. An EPCA audit has found that lakhs of vehicles in the city are plying without the mandatory ‘pollution under control’ certificates while the emission testing centres are severely understaffed. “As many as 178 centres have been issued memos regarding discrepancies or deficiencies. “The transport commissioner also informed that the department is developing a software-based system which uploads the calibration status of the system and can also issue SMS to vehicle owners regarding validity of PUC,” a statement from the LG office said. During the meeting, it was informed that the department has impounded around 1,000 “unauthorised buses” since January. The Lt. Governor was apprised of the proposal to augment last mile connectivity with metro stations by deploying eco- friendly vehicles by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). Baijal suggested involving Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning & Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) in the matter. At the meeting, Baijal directed the authorities concerned to devise standard operating procedures for disposal of dust collected through mechanical sweeping of roads. The municipal corporations as well as the PWD are procuring vacuum cleaning machines for roads. “All the three municipal corporations informed that they will receive the first lot of Mechanical Road Sweepers (MRS) by July 15. PWD informed that six MRSs are functioning under it while a global tender has been floated for additional six machines,” the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Micro Edit: Increasing demand could lead to power cuts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The power demand in Delhi on Tuesday breached its maximum mark recording 6526 MW. With the power demand peaking, the Delhi government was quick to increase the capacity to 8,000 MW to match the power-demands. Even after the power supply was increased, many parts of the national capital continued to face power cuts on Wednesday. Areas like Krishna Nagar, Green Park, Rajouri garden, South extension complained about the long power cuts. To deal with the unscheduled power cuts, the Delhi government has made a proposal of offering compensation to the residents on the unscheduled power cuts. The proposal was also approved by Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday. Will this policy be helpful? Is it a desperate attempt to woo Delhi residents? And if not implemented, it will add to the woes of Delhiites.According to the policy, a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer is to be levied for the first two hours followed by Rs 100 for every subsequent hour. The CM also held a review meeting regarding the issue with Power Minister Satyendar Jain and officials of the department, while directing the department to put up hoardings with complaint numbers for the three discoms.The power sector is already apprehensive about the implementation of the policy. Discoms will be unable to augment their infrastructure in colonies like Khirki Extension, Jahangir Puri, Seelampuri, etc. The 6,000 MW-mark was breached for the first time on May 16 last year and then the demand had touched 6,261 MW on June 30 in 2016.

Submit weekly reports on vector-borne diseases: LG to MCD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today asked the civic bodies to submit a weekly report to him and the chief minister on action taken to combat vector-borne diseases in the city and directed them to intensify the awareness drive. In a high-level meeting at the Raj Niwas here, Baijal instructed the three municipal corporations to fix the responsibility of field workers in their respective areas. The meeting was also attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The LG also directed the health department to develop a mechanism of monitoring of work of all concerned agencies. According to the latest municipal corporation report released on Monday, at least 61 cases of dengue and 131 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital till June 3. “The LG directed that a massive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign be launched through handbills in newspapers, hoardings, billboards and street plays,” the LG office said in a statement. It also stated that Baijal also stressed on developing an effective mechanism by health department of monitoring of work of all concerned agencies. “In the meeting, he instructed that local bodies should assign area wise duty to field workers and fix their accountability for their respective areas,” the statement said said. Kejriwal stated that in view of the upcoming rainy season with possibility of water logging, all the concerned agencies must ensure necessary corrective action.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Devise rational model for compensating for unscheduled power

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed the AAP government to devise a rational and enforceable model to implement its proposal for compensating consumers for unscheduled power cuts in the city. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today met Baijal to discuss the issue of unscheduled power cuts and compensation to consumers at Raj Niwas. “Met CM @ArvindKejriwal. Discussed issue of power cuts & compensation to consumers. Suggested to devise a rational,fair & enforceable model (sic),” Baijal tweeted. After the meeting, Kejriwal said the LG has agreed to the compensation while suggesting for fairplay and equity to consumers. “Hon’ble LG agreed DISCOMS shud pay compensation 4 unscheduled power cuts 2 make them accountable. Fairplay n equity 2 consumers 2 be ensured (sic),” the chief minister tweeted. Last year, the AAP government had implemented its proposal to penalise discoms for unscheduled power cuts. However, this was later struck down by the Delhi High Court as the LG’s prior approval had not been sought. According to the proposal, a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer is to be levied for the first two hours followed by Rs 100 for every subsequent hour. The fine amount would be adjusted in the consumers’ monthly bills. The proposal says that if any consumer approached the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) after 90 days with a complaint that he or she had not received his compensation, DERC would have to order and ensure payment to all consumers affected by that power cut.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LG orders quick action against road encroachments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Clamping down on encroachers, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal issued directives to civic agencies to make a time-bound action plan for encroachment-removal for each road stretch. He gave a deadline of three days for the removal of encroachments from 29 stretches in the national capital.The L-G also stated that he will seek compliance of the directives. “A video of the act should be recorded and the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) should be followed to prevent re-encroachment,” he said.Baijal also held a meeting with all the stakeholders to discuss the issues of major encroachments and road blocks in different parts of Delhi, as raised in the writ petition in the High Court. He noted that 29 major road stretches have been identified by HC for removal of encroachment on a permanent basis.The L-G also pointed out that the local bodies are statutorily empowered to remove the encroachments and PWD shall ensure logistical assistance to the respective local body in cases of roads that are maintained by it.He directed the Delhi government’s Urban Development Department to be the nodal department by creating a special cell which shall monitor the stretch-wise action taken by the local bodies on a weekly basis as well as devise an SOP in coordination with the concerned agencies for prevention of re-encroachment in cases where action has been taken.”Each agency should draw up an action plan within three days to remove encroachment from roads,” he said. He further directed that the concerned agencies should coordinate with police in advance so that the force could be provided to assist in the encroachment removal programme.Baijal also directed the concerned agencies to undertake videography of the removal of encroachment and road blocks.He stressed upon the need of compliance of the judicial pronouncements in letter and spirit. He directed all local bodies to launch an immediate crackdown on temporary encroachments such as parked vehicles. He also added that those parking contractors of the local bodies who are allowing parking on roads should be penalised.He also directed Commissioner (Transport) to take action against errant vehicles which are not following the rules while plying on the road. Commissioner (Transport) assured that we will take action against these vehicles as per law.Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, who was also in the meeting, stressed that there should be a heavy penalty on those who are encroaching the roads and footpaths for their personal use, in complete disregard to the interest of the general public. He also referred to the need for enforcing various judicial pronouncements particularly those of Hon’ble NGT with respect to challans/fines on violators, which was endorsed by Hon’ble L-G.

LG orders immediate removal encroachments on major Delhi roads

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal today directed authorities to remove encroachments on 29 major roads, including the busy stretch from ITO to Vikas Marg, Aurbindo Marg, Kalindi Kunj Road and M B Road, in what appeared to be a strong move to de-congest city streets. The LG has asked all municipal corporations to launch an immediate crackdown on temporary encroachments, such as parked vehicles, and penalising those contractors of the local bodies who were allowing such parking on roads. The move comes within a week of the Delhi High Court ordering removal of encroachment from pavements on a permanent basis. The LG has directed each agency concerned to draw up an action plan within three days to remove encroachment from the roads. He also ordered that the removal of encroachment and road blocks be video-graphed. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Baijal and attended by PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Special CP (Traffic) Ajay Kashyap, among others. Among the 29 major roads that will be made encroachment- free include the stretch from ITO to Vikas Marg, M B Road cut to IGNOU Crossing, Khajuri Chowk to Chilla Border on Pusa Road, Nizamuddin to Badarpur Flyover on Mathura Road, Aurobindo Marg, CDR Chowk to Petro Pump on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Sarita Vihar Red Light to Kalindi Kunj Flyover, Chirag Dili to Crossing to Savitri Flyover and Vijay Nagar to Burari. Encroachment on these road stretches is one of the major reasons which causes heavy traffic congestion in both morning as well as evening peak hours. In the meeting, it was noted that the local bodies were statutorily empowered to remove the encroachments and PWD will ensure logistical assistance to the respective local body in cases of roads that are maintained by it. Baijal directed all the agencies to work in a time-bound manner, laying down a three weeks deadline for necessary action following the due process of law. “The LG directed the urban development department to be the nodal department by creating a special cell which will monitor the stretch-wise action taken by the local bodies on a weekly basis,” the LG office said in a statement. It stated that a standard operating procedure will be devised in coordination with the agencies concerned to prevent re-encroachment in cases where action has been taken.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kejriwal pushes for compensation from power discoms

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhiites may be compensated by power distribution companies for unscheduled power cuts if Lt Governor Anil Baijal approves the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s proposal. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to place the proposal before the LG today, a day before his weekly meeting with Baijal. Last year, the AAP government had implemented its decision to penalise discoms for unscheduled power cuts. However, this was later struck down by the Delhi High Court as the LG’s prior approval had not been sought. In his written direction to the chief secretary, Kejriwal said, “The file of compensation to be paid to every consumer by discoms for power cuts of more than two hours to be placed before the LG today itself for approval.” According to the compensation policy on power outages that was struck down by the high court, a penalty of Rs 50 per hour per consumer was to be levied for the first two hours followed by Rs 100 for every subsequent hour. The fine amount would be adjusted in the consumers’ monthly bills. The policy stated that if any consumer approached the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission (DERC) after 90 days with a complaint that he or she had not received his compensation, DERC would have to order and ensure payment to all consumers affected by that power cut.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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