“If the delivery of Pizza doesn’t cause any traffic congestion and pollution, then how come delivery of services at doorstep will cause traffic congestion and pollution?,” the Delhi government stated in its statement on Thursday. The AAP-led government was responding to the ongoing controversy between the Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal after the doorstep delivery of services became another flashpoint between the two, with both of them comparing the services to ‘pizza delivery services’.”If a Pizza delivery, LPG gas delivery, credit card executives, and other delivery don’t pose a threat, how can Doorstep Delivery of Services be a threat to the safety and security of women and other citizens? The concern in our humble opinion appears to be misplaced,” the statement further stated.The L-G house on Thursday alleged that a misplaced parallel is being drawn between the current proposal and E-Commerce.”There is no technology so far to download Pizza and many other E-Commerce products, whereas most of the proposed services in the Government proposal can be and are already being delivered online. Moreover, delivery of Pizza and most of the other E-Commerce products can also not be compared with the documents proposed to be delivered through the ‘Mobile Sahayaks’ as the latter would involve sensitive personal information,” the L-G house said in a statement. The L-G house once again confirmed that the proposal was not rejected.Among the 40 public services, which were to be covered under the scheme in the first phase, are caste certificates, income certificates, driving licences, new water and sewer connections, driving licences, duplicate driving licences, handicap pension schemes, domicile certificates, issuance of the delayed birth order and Lalo Dora certificates.According to previous figures, approximately 25 lakh transactions of these 40 services are held every year. Each transaction takes around four visits to the office concerned by the applicant. In the second phase, 30-35 more services would be added to the scheme every consecutive 30 days.
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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s intervention in ensuring the safety of girls recently rescued from facilities being run by a self-styled godman in the national capital.He demanded that if any police personnel was involved in sabotaging the case, he should be acted against while the Aam Aadmi Party went a step ahead and alleged a “nexus” between police and “certain BJP leaders” behind the activities of the controversial ashrams.The BJP rejected the allegations.Also readFive more minors rescued from Dixit Ashram branches”I urge Hon’ble LG to personally intervene and ensure strict action against ashram and ensure safety of rescued girls. If any policeman acts malafide, strict action shud be taken against him,” Kejriwal tweeted.In a press conference, senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh demanded the arrest of Virender Dev Dixit, who was running the ashrams, many of which have come under the scanner of police, in Uttar Pradesh as well.Also readGirls in Rohini Ashram force fed intoxicants: DCW chiefIn Delhi, around 46 girls have been rescued from two ashrams in Dwarka and Rohini.”It is an outcome of a nexus between the police and certain BJP leaders. Till now, the fake godman has not been arrested and it is still not known as to how many such centres are being run by him,” he said.Also readGirls in Rohini Ashram force fed intoxicants: DCW chiefDelhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said the BJP, like every other political party, follows Indian culture, respects all religions and spiritual leaders.”However, trying to associate the BJP’s name with the recent exposes relating to the ashram is condemnable. The party has no association with the ashram’s activities. Police should keep a watchful eye on them in view of the recent undesirable activities,” he said.
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Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday chaired a meeting to review the detailed action plan of agencies/stakeholders on measures to combat air pollution in the Capital.Baijal directed all the three municipal corporations to ensure that no methane fires occur at the three landfill sites and for this they should take help of experts of the Science & Technology Ministry, Government of India and IIT Delhi. He also asked all three municipal commissioners to procure requisite mechanical sweepers, litter pickers, water sprinklers within a stipulated time.The officials informed the L-G about the progress on constructive plan and regulatory plan focusing on transport department, industries & DG sets, Solid Waste Management, road dust & fugitive emissions to combat air pollution in Delhi.For the action plan on Solid Waste Management, Baijal directed the commissioners of three MCDs to rework their action plan keeping in mind 100 per cent management of day-to-day generation of solid waste, including bio-degradable components as well as construction & demolition waste. “The plan should cover a time-frame not exceeding sixteen months and also indicate the exact requirement of funds,” an official statement from L-G house stated.Regarding the plan to tackle road dust and fugitive emissions, which is to be completed in eight months, it was informed that an assessment of all central verges will be done where watering on perennial basis is not possible, and all such central verges will be done.”Further, large construction agencies like NBCC and CPWD that are working in the National Capital Region should set up their own facilities for processing C&D waste and reuse the products in their own projects. The L-G also stressed that agencies/stakeholders concerned must prepare an intensive awareness plan for anti-fire cracker campaign, plantation campaign, anti-polluting vehicle campaign, old vehicle campaign, lane driving,” the statement further stated.ACTION PLANThe L-G also asked all three municipal commissioners to procure requisite mechanical sweepers, litter pickers, water sprinklers within a stipulated time. He directed the corporations to seek help of experts.
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In another people-friendly decision, the Delhi government has decided to bear the cost of treatment of victims of road accidents and acid attacks at government and private hospitals under a new scheme. The decision was taken in the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said the scheme would also cover the victims of fire- related incidents on streets. It will now be sent to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal for approval.”The move is aimed at saving lives of such people during the golden hour after a road accident,” Jain said.Most people attempt to take road accident victims to a government hospital even if a private hospital in nearby, thereby denying treatment within the ‘Golden Hour’,” he said.”The Cabinet has approved the scheme for road accident victims. The Delhi government will bear the treatment cost of such people in both its own and private hospitals,” Jain said.If an acid attack happens on streets, such victims would also be covered. Jain claimed that 8,000 accidents occur on Delhi roads every year, affecting 15,000-20,000 people, and about 1,600 people die per year due to road accidents.The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government had in January this year approved the ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme. It had mooted a proposal in August last year after a road accident victim in west Delhi’s Subhash Nagar bled to death because no one helped him.The ‘Good Samaritan’ scheme launched by the Delhi government will help in reducing the time for an accident victim to reach a hospital.According to a Central government study, Mumbai has got the dubious distinction of the city with maximum road accidents in the country, while the number of deaths in road mishaps is highest in Delhi.
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<!– /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.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the Delhi police spoke about Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s car being stolen. Delhi Police PRO said that it looked like the car was stolen as a ‘joy ride’. Delhi Police PRO said: “Prima facie looks like case of joy ride with motive to park car at another spot. The car had no security devices & it was easy to steal it. We are investigating along the lines of someone knowing about this.”The humble hatchback, Kejriwal drove around in his early political career and which helped cement his position as the “aam aadmi”, was being used by an AAP functionary before it was stolen.The Delhi Police said their counterparts in Ghaziabad got in touch with them regarding the car.”A blue Wagon R has been found abandoned by Ghaziabad police and we think it is the chief minister’s car,” said a senior police officer.The police are verifying its engine and chassis numbers.Kejriwal had yesterday written a letter to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, saying the theft points towards the rapidly “deteriorating” law and order situation in the national capital.The incident had outraged AAP workers, many of whom posted videos of Kejriwal using the car, especially on Republic Day in 2014, after he became the chief minister of Delhi for the first time.The car was witness to two assembly election wins in 2013 and 2015 and also to the party’s poor performance in the Lok Sabha polls.It was “donated” to Kejriwal by Kundan Sharma, a software engineer, in January 2013. However, when Kejriwal parted ways with his then party colleagues Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, Sharma demanded that the vehicle be returned.Even after Kejriwal became the chief minister in December 2013, he refused to use an official car and preferred his old Wagon R.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Blue Wagon-R car which was stolen from outside the Delhi Secretariat on October 12, has been recovered from Ghaziabad.A Wagon-R car was used by Kejriwal till the 2015 assembly polls and had in many ways helped cement his ‘aam aadmi’ imageThe hatchback was being used by an Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) functionary over the last few months.The car was donated to Kejriwal by Kundan Sharma, a software engineer, in January 2013.Meanwhile, Kejriwal has shot off a letter to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, saying the theft of his car points towards the rapidly ‘deteriorating’ law and order situation in the national capital.Kejriwal also wondered what the people of Delhi should expect when the chief minister’s car gets stolen from outside the secretariat, which is the headquarters of the local administration.”My Wagon-R car was stolen outside the Delhi Secretariat. My car getting stolen is a small matter. But the fact that it went missing outside the Delhi Secretariat reflects the rapidly deteriorating law and order situation in Delhi,” Kejriwal wrote.
<!– /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.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over a few hundred guest teachers protested outside the residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday demanding regularisation of their jobs. The guest teachers submitted a memorandum to the L-G seeking implementation of the bill passed by the Delhi Assembly recently to regularise them.On Wednesday morning, about 600 guest teachers gathered outside L-G’s residence with placards demanding permanent jobs. They shouted slogans in support of their cause and sought the L-G’s time to meet him. Later, a delegation of guest teachers went inside L-G’s residence to submit a memorandum.”Since the Delhi Assembly has passed the bill for regularisation of our jobs, now the L-G should also sign the bill and end the dilemma. It has been over three years since we have been fighting for our rights,” said a protesting guest teacher.The Delhi government had last week passed the bill for regularisation of jobs of all the guest teachers claiming that the education department is under its ambit. The bill has been sent to L-G’s office for implementation.”We have been teaching for the last four years like any other permanent teacher. We have been working constantly to teach students and make their future bright. We have contributed to the results of government schools in Delhi which have performed better than the private schools,” said another protesting guest teacher.
<!– /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.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday reviewed sanitation and waste management measures with the three municipal corporations in the city. The corporations told Baijal that they aim to make areas under Open Defecation Free scheme by October 2. Baijal stressed there is a need to re-engineer the design of dhalaos (community bins) in such a manner that garbage does not spill over from these sites.The cleaning of dhalaos assumes importance after the recent incident of a portion of Ghazipur landfill that caved in in east Delhi, killing two people. He also asked the corporations to explore scaling up the compactors-model deployed in certain areas of SDMC. The L-G also re-emphasized the need to rope in RWAs and the larger community for their contribution to neighbourhood initiatives. Besides, the L-G directed all the municipal commissioners and DDA to explore the possibility of creating more multi-level stack parkings and surface parking in their areas for the smooth implementation of the government’s upcoming “Parking Policy”.Also, the corporations have been asked to oversee the maintenance of municipal assets such as parks, flyovers, open gyms et cetera. Further, they should undertake regular field visits.The Urban Development department was also directed to compile and furnish a consolidated list of assets and liabilities of the three corporations. The LG was apprised of the status of mechanical sweeping machines, trash cans, maintenance of parks and Gram Sabha lands for parks.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following last week’s Ghazipur tragedy in which two persons were killed, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday held a meeting at Raj Niwas to discuss the programme for processing of entire solid waste generated in the capital with specific timelines and immediate solution for Solid Waste Management at Ghazipur and other land fill sites. The meeting was attended by Urban Development Minister, GNCTD, Satyendar Jain, other government and municipal corporation officers with the department.During the meeting, Commissioner, East Delhi Municipal Corporation apprised Baijal that the EDMC presently collects 4,650 MT garbage per day, which consists of 2,600 MT municipal solid waste, 1,400 MT silt and 650 C & D waste. Out of this, 1,300 MT of municipal solid waste is dispatched to Shastri Park, C & D waste plant. The Lt Governor directed him to immediately take up expansion of capacity of existing waste to energy plant and in the first phase, 650 MT additional Municipal Solid Waste would be dispatched there at the earliest. For the remaining 650 MT MSW, Commissioner, SDMC was directed to get it processed at its Okhla WTE plant, within the prescribed environmental norms.Commissioner, North DMC told Baijal that presently, North DMC is collecting 3,900 MT MSW per day out of which Narela-Bawana plant is utilising 2,000 MT of MSW. He was directed that for the remaining 1,900 MT MSW, the capacity of Narela-Bawana plant should be increased, adding that these two steps would ensure there would not be any further increase in the mounds of garbage at Bhalswa and Ghazipur.The government and the civic body has also been directed to clear the garbage mound at Ghazipur within two years beginning November as the garbage would be used by NHAI for construction of service roads.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) will have a meeting with the National Green Tribunal on Monday. The meeting will discuss the state of the upcoming landfill sites on the outskirts of Delhi.The move comes after an accident in east Delhi, triggered by the collapse of a portion of the towering Ghazipur landfill, in which two people lost their lives while five others were injured.”A meeting is scheduled on September 4 with the authorities at the NGT to discuss about the proposed new landfill site, spread over 150 acres, in outer Delhi, as an alternative to the Ghazipur site,” said East Delhi Mayor Neema Bhagat.According to officials, the 60 meter high landfill site at Ghazipur was saturated by 2002, and the civic body has been,”looking for an alternative site for long time, but a clearance from the NGT is needed before allowing of any site by the DDA.”The EDMC manages the landfill site that was started in 1984 and is spread over 29 acres. According to officials, the permissible height for a garbage dump is 20 metres. In light of the accident on Friday, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has imposed a ban on dumping of garbage at the Ghazipur landfill site on Saturday, with the waste meant for it now being diverted to a temporary site in Ranikhera near the Delhi- Haryana border.Earlier, a decision was taken to divert the garbage to Bhalswa landfill site (about 50-metre high), but as it is already used way beyond its saturation, a new site was identified, a civic official said on Friday.”The NHAI has assured the L-G that it will begin the process of lifting, segregating and processing of the solid waste by November 2017, for its use in road construction,” the L-G’s office had said. The other major dumping sites in the city are in Okhla and Narela-Bawana.WASTE MANAGEMENTIn November 2016, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation had signed an MoU with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to use the solid waste from the site in the construction of Delhi-Meerut Expressway, a section of the NH-24.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following unabated violence in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana and Delhi, the Gujarat Police have been placed on high alert in the state.The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has alerted the police to be on watch for breakout of violence and rioting, as the state has considerable number of followers of the Dera Sacha chief, according to Piyush Patel, JCP, Sector 1.Though city police commissioner AK Singh played down the alert as a routine one during festivals (Friday being Ganesh Chaturthi), JCP Patel claimed police have been directed to closely watch the followers of Ram Rahim as well as members of the Patidar community, in view of the second anniversary of the quota agitation.Earlier, high alert was issued in New Delhi after supporters of Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim stormed Anand Vihar railway station and burnt two coaches of Rewa Express, forcing cancellation of several trains.Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, CM Arvind Kejriwal and Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik appealed to people not to panic. Section 144 of the CrPC was imposed across the city. Prohibitory orders were also imposed in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Baghpat.
<!– /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.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten deaths later, authorities in Delhi today decided to fully mechanise cleaning sewers and made it clear that any violation would attract a punishment of up to life imprisonment. Water Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said the Delhi Jal Board CEO, municipal commissioners and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) chairman had been asked to prepare a report within 15 days on the procurement of mechanical cleaners. The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by Lt Governor Anil Baijal and attended by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and top officials of all concerned agencies, including civic bodies and the DJB. “Directions issued for 100 per cent migration to mechanisation for sewers/drains cleaning. Strict regime to be prepared within seven days. Intensive publicity of laid down norms for observance by contractors. Police to take stringent action against defaulters,” the LG said in a series of tweets. The Lt Governor described deaths caused while cleaning sewers as “unacceptable”. In today’s meeting, Baijal directed the DJB CEO to prepare Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for cases requiring emergency manual intervention as per the law within a week’s time. Baijal also directed the Delhi Police to take stringent and deterrent action against contractors violating the law. Briefing reporters separately, Gautam said no one would be allowed to enter sewers for manual cleaning in the national capital. The authorities will press for stringent action and may recommend punishment under Section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) against agencies or private contractors behind any violation, Gautam said. Hoardings will be put up across the city announcing the prohibitions and also displaying helplines for authorised cleaning of sewers and septic tanks so that people would not engage workers privately, he said. “The deaths are painful and should shame us. There are instances of manual cleaning at malls, farm houses. But we do not have a proper list as of now,” he said. Kejriwal has called a meeting with executive engineers and senior officials of the DJB tomorrow on the same issue. Yesterday, a 45-year-old sanitation worker died and three others were taken ill allegedly while cleaning a sewer at the city government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in central Delhi. In three separate incidents over a month, nine people died in similar circumstances.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /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.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal promised today that his government will abolish the contractual system in certain areas like sanitation, remarks that come against the backdrop of nine deaths inside the city’s sewers within a month. He requested the BJP and the Congress to desist from politicking over the issue. He also urged Lt Governor Anil Baijal not to create “hurdles” in abolishing the “exploitative” system. Kejriwal made the remarks after unfurling the tricolour at the Delhi government’s Independence Day celebrations at the Chhatrasal Stadium here. The chief minister warned contractors of action if they do not “mend their ways”. “We will abolish contractual system in areas that require regular employment throughout the year. For example, sanitation workers are required to do their job through the year. We will abolish contractual system in regular jobs. However, we will not change this system in areas of temporary employment,” Kejriwal said. He said for instance, in the construction sector, there is a requirement of temporary jobs under contractual system, which will be left untouched. “It is a crime (contractual system) whether it is under government and private sector. Under this system, workers are harassed. I will request both the BJP and the Congress to support us and not to do politics over this issue,” he said. He also said that his government had recently increased minimum wages by up to 37 per cent, which is the highest in the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /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.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Saturday visited various areas in east Delhi to review sanitation measures in the area. He also requested residents to come forward to make the area garbage free.In order to comprehensively manage the waste generated in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) area, the L-G requested the civic body to explore the possibility of enhancing the capacity of the Shastri Park Plant as well as the Ghazipur energy plant.The Shastri Park facility is built on green philosophy — materials like bricks, sand, tiles, soil etc are used to recycle waste and the recycled water is then used to process the waste. The plant then recycles about 95 per cent of incoming waste.Till date, this plant has processed 2 lakh tons of waste.The L-G also visited areas like Gandhi Nagar, Geeta Colony, IP Extension and Keshav Kunj to review the sanitation situation. “He was told that EDMC has a difficult job to do as the area is one of the most densely populated pockets in the Capital,” said a senior government official.”East MCD performing in one of the most densely populated areas of India. Urge people to do their bit. Clean Delhi our common goal,” Baijal tweeted after visiting the areas.
<!– /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.)
<!– /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.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Single screen theatres in the Capital that are lying vacant or are on the verge of closing down, may soon get a new lease of life if the Delhi government agrees to use them for holding coaching classes.The National Association of Motion Picture Exhibitors (NAMEP) have approached Lt Governor Anil Baijal with the suggestion to make these cinema halls available for education purposes. Baijal, on the other hand, has referred the matter to MM Kutty, chief secretary, Delhi government to devise a feasible way out.According to the association, the current definition of Delhi Cinematograph Rules 2008 has a ‘restrictive’ definition of cinema halls which says that only productions by cinematographers will be allowed to be screened. This is contrary to the guidelines laid down— prior to 2008 amendments — that considered theatres as auditoriums.”Right from the time cinema halls were constructed in the Capital, they were seen as prosceniums that showed not only movies and documentaries but also hosted talks, lectures and symposiums. Since 2008, they limited the use of halls for only movies,” said Shashank Raizada, secretary, NAMEP.The NAMEP has approached the government to make theatres more open to public use, especially the single screens as they are gradually falling victim to changing times. “They can be used to hold classes for competitive examinations during the morning show times. Not only single screen, a lot of multiplexes do not have morning shows at times and they too can be utilised constructively and help owners earn some revenue,” Raizada added.Citing the Maharashtra Cinematograph Rules, the office bearer shared that a lot of states have brought about the necessary changes, making cinema halls available for purposes other than movies.”The government needs to redefine the definition of auditorium as mentioned in the 2008 rules. It should be made more inclusive so that single screen theatres that are lying neglected can get some business,” he said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of a Delhi Assembly committee will verify physically the claims of the director of information and publicity department that “adequate” number of hoardings have been put up as part of the awareness campaign on dengue and chikungunya. Members of the Standing Committee of Finance and Transport will physically inspect hoarding sites spreading awareness about vector-borne diseases, sources said. This comes a week after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had sought the removal of Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) Director Jayadev Sarangi for not following his directions to launch the awareness campaign. Sources said, in the meeting, Sarangi apprised the Committee that hoardings have been installed at 300 locations across the city. They said information pertaining to hoardings has also been submitted to offices of the Lt Governor, the Deputy Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary. “The Committee has decided that its members will inspect 300 hoarding sites in next three-four days to verify claims of the DIP director,” a member of the Committee said. However, the member said that 300 hoardings across the city were not sufficient for the campaign. In a letter to Lt Governor Anil Baijal last week, Sisodia had sought action against Sarangi for “not following” his direction to launch awareness campaign about chikungunya and dengue in the city. In the letter, Sisodia had said that Sarangi was directed on May 25 to place hoardings and run a campaign for creating awareness about dengue and chikungunya, but he has not done anything till now. “I do not understand what are the compulsions for not replacing such an incompetent officer. I again urge the Lt Governor to either replace him with a more sincere officer or get the campaign on dengue/chikungunya done from him,” Sisodia had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /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.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed authorities to consider installation of high- mast lights in “highly vulnerable areas”, especially in parks and public toilets for women’s safety. He also directed that GPS devices be properly installed, operated and maintained in public transport vehicles, and ensure that CCTV cameras are installed in DTC and cluster buses. The Lt Governor issued a slew of directions while chairing the third meeting of the ‘Task Force on Women Safety Issues’ at Raj Niwas here. “He directed to consider installation of high-mast lights especially in parks and public toilets as these are highly vulnerable areas and these lights cannot be easily damaged by miscreants,” the LG office said in a statement. During the meeting, the LG was informed by the South MCD Commissioner that out of 10,000 identified darks spots, 7,000 have been illuminated and the remaining will be done by the end of July. The public works department has undertaken illumination of dark spots in the municipal jurisdiction of EDMC and North DMC. Eighty per cent of the work has already been completed. According to the statement from the LG office, Baijal was informed by the Special CP (Women&Safety) that one PCR van per square km is under operation and the response time is well within six minutes. A proposal for 541 PCR vans with adequate number of staff is being considered, it stated. The Principal Secretary (Home) informed that certain issues under the Delhi Poison Possession Sale Rules are to be settled regarding open sale of acid in wholesale markets.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal issued a strong message to get prepared for monsoon season and to desilt the drains across the national capital, Public Works Department (PWD) Principal Secretary Ashwani Kumar asked all its officials to be on toes and identify all the bell mouth of drains and manholes in the city.Following Kumar’s direction, Engineer-in-Chief Sarvagya Kumar Srivastava held a meeting last week and directed them to complete the mapping of manholes and drains by Saturday. The minutes of the meeting, accessed by DNA, stated : “All junior engineers and assistant engineers will inspect the road on daily basis to find out the status of bell mouth of drains, missing manhole covers, broken railings and cleaning of channels. They will record their inspection each day in the register along with the action taken.”Srivastava headed the meeting and stated that the numbering of each and every bell mouth should be completed by this week. “The strategy to attend vulnerable points where waterlogging on PWD roads occurs should be finalised to prevent water logging on these points,” he said.He also instructed the junior engineers that as and when rain starts departmental labour or outsourced labour should be made available at such points to ensure that there is no flooding.Further, he noted that the agencies who have distributed the water drainage system on PWD roads like Dhaula Kuan, AIIMS flyover and at other points should be requested to check that problem and take measures beforehand so that there is no water logging.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today asked the Delhi 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 today 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.)
<!– /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.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Vijender Gupta, today sought Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s intervention for reorganisation of all 12 zones of municipal corporations and alleged the AAP government was intentionally delaying the process. “The AAP government is hatching a conspiracy to stall administrative functions by intentionally delaying the reorganisation of the zones of three municipal bodies,” Gupta said in a release. Notification for reorganisation of the zones of the three municipal corporations in Delhi by the city government has not been issued. Setting up of standing committees and wards committees has also been stalled, he added. “As AAP tasted defeat in local body polls it is politically retaliating,” he said. Unless orders to reorganise 12 zones of three municipal corporations are issued, it is not possible to constitute standing committees and ward committees of all the 12 zones of the civic bodies, he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If Delhiites suffer due to waterlogging during monsoon season, officers concerned will face action, Delhi government warned today, as it came out with a detailed plan to tackle rain-related woes that plague the city every year. In a note to Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said there have been allegations that the desilting of drains is done “only on paper” in some areas and the payments are made on the basis of “fake bills”, which must stop. The government directed PWD secretary and municipal corporations to identify vulnerable points for waterlogging across the city by June 7 and fix them so that people don’t face such problem. Addressing a press conference here, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said during the rainy season, the chief minister will take stock of the ground situation by personally inspecting sites. People will also be encouraged to send pictures of places having waterlogging through whatsapp and social media websites. “The Chief Minister has prepared a plan to deal with the problem of waterlogging under which the responsibility of officer concerned will be fixed. If people face such problems on Public Works Department’s roads, PWD secretary’s responsibility will be fixed,” Sisodia told reporters here. He said that, similarly, MCD officials will also face action if there are incidents of waterlogging under their jurisdiction. Earlier this month, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had constituted a high-level committee headed by PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar to look after desilting of drains and open manholes. It is aimed at better coordination between multiple agenices to tackle the waterlogging problem. The LG-appointed committee has prepared a plan to desilt by June 15 all 163 major drains in the city, which cause massive waterlogging every monsoon. The committee has asked all agencies concerned to come up with their detailed plans on removal of silt from drains and roads by June 15, and also report how many drains have been desilted so far, an official said. The PWD is in charge of 1,260 km of roads in the capital while the rest fall under the jurisdiction of the three MCDs. Last year, the Delhi government had banned road-cutting activities during monsoon, but due to poor monitoring, the restriction could not be implemented.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a significant development, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal have initiated a dialogue to avert any power tussle in the future. Informed sources in the government said Kejriwal and Baijal have already had a discussion on the issue. The CM had “reached out” to the LG through a letter, which has not been made public. The AAP, which had stormed to power in 2015, has repeatedly clashed with Raj Niwas over governance jurisdiction, especially during former LG Najeeb Jung’s tenure. “The dialogue will be centred around the division of power in light of the court orders. It will also be an opportunity to get a sense of how the two parties interpret the constitutional provisions,” the sources said. Under the constitutional arrangement, Delhi is not a full state, but it enjoys the status of the National Capital Territory with a legislative assembly. However, the LG has primacy in terms of authority. When contacted, the LG office did not comment on the issue. Sources said Kejriwal took the lead on the matter following a few recent instances wherein Baijal was perceived to have snubbed the government and “encroached” on its domain. The elected government in Delhi does not have any say in matters pertaining to police, land and services. The Delhi High Court had last year pronounced the LG to be the city’s administrative head. The city government had challenged the order and the Supreme Court is ceased of the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A delegation of BJP legislators today met Lt Governor Anil Baijal and demanded a probe into an alleged scam of obtaining Delhi government jobs by furnishing fake Scheduled Tribes (ST) certificates. After the meeting, Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta claimed that Baijal has directed the Special Branch of Delhi Police to conduct a probe into the allegations and submit its report within 10 days. “Government departments in Delhi and other states were involved the scam in which general caste candidates obtained jobs using fake ST certificates. This requires a thorough probe,” he alleged. “The matter was brought to the knowledge of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia but no action has been taken so far,” Gupta said. The delegation, which also included BJP MLAs Jagdish Pradhan, O P Sharma and Manjinder Singh Sirsa, handed over many documents regarding the “scam” at the Lt Governor’s office, he said. The delegation also demanded action in a case of alleged “brutality” faced by a businessman at the hands of policemen in Rohini area of the city.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal has constituted a high-level committee to look after desilting of drains and open manholes in the city so that Delhiites do not have to face waterlogging problems during this monsoon. The committee comprises various agencies, including the Public Works Department, the three municipal corporations, Delhi Cantt, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), among others. It will be headed by the PWD Secretary. A top government official said the committee has prepared a plan to desilt by June 15 all 163 major drains in the city, which cause massive waterlogging every monsoon. The committee will coordinate the desilting work among the different agencies so that they don’t end up passing the buck among each other, he said. “The committee has asked all agencies concerned to come up with their detailed plans on the removal of silt from drains and roads by May 26, and also report how many drains they have been desilted so far,” the official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s latest move on the land-pooling policy to convert 89 village areas to urban areas seems to be a distant dream for Delhiites who have been searching for space in the city.It was in 2015 that the DDA had cleared the Land Pooling Policy. But the project could not take off until now as the identified agricultural lands were to be declared ‘urbanisable’. According to estimates, the city will have more 25 lakh housing units in the next 10 years.Under the plan, DDA has recognised close to 20,000 hectares of land to be developed in north, northwest, west and some parts of southwest Delhi, spanning 89 villages. According to DDA, even if half of this area is developed under land pooling, it would be sufficient to meet Delhi’s housing needs.With 18.98 million population, Delhi has approximately 77,000 acres of land in urban villages across the city and out of this, around 40,000 acres will be developed as ‘development areas’. The population, which is increasing day-by-day, will need more space.Though the plan looks good on paper, implementation seems to be a bit difficult. The farmers who are giving their land will get return varying from 40-60 per cent depending upon the size of the land. On the remaining land, the DDA will come up with the housing projects on their own choice of private players.Coordination between the authority, private players and the owners will have to be managed properly to make this project possible.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A PWD team today inspected the ongoing renovation work on a foot overbridge near the ITO here and directed officials to stop “unnecessary” work on the part of the structure which is in “good condition”. Sources said officials found there was no need of changing tiles on the ramp of the foot overbridge on the Vikas Marg as they were in a “good condition”. “Chief Engineer along with his team inspected the ramp and he will submit his report later this week,” said a senior Delhi government official. BJP leaders have alleged the renovation work was undertaken despite the overbridge being in a good shape. Images and videos of laboureres removing slabs from the stairs of the overbridge in front of the Public Works Department Headquarters were circulated on the social media. BJP MP Maheish Girri has written to Lt Governor Anil Baijal on the matter. Girri in his complaint demanded action be taken against the officials responsible for “misuse of public funds” in “avoidable” renovation work. Delhi BJP Manoj Tiwari also visited the overbridge today and alleged “corruption” in the renovation work. The anti-skid chequered tiles in “very good condition” are being removed and replaced by granite-marble slabs, he said after visiting the overbridge. “Undue renovation of this foot overbridge symbolises corruption of the Kejriwal government.” The renovation work going on owes reply from minister Satyendra Jain and secretary of the department, Tiwari said. “They owe a reply to the people of Delhi. We will raise this matter before the Lt Governor,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed the local government and civic agencies to decongest two busy south Delhi corridors by acting against unauthorised parking and encroachments. The two corridors — Aurobindo Marg and the stretch between Chirag Delhi to Savitri flyover — will see coordinated action among the PWD, municipal corporations, DDA and the Delhi Police towards decongestion, an LG office statement said. The decision was taken at a meeting on traffic management at Raj Niwas, the official residence of the LG, that was attended by PWD Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary MM Kutty, south Delhi municipal commissioner, DDA vice chairman and special commissioner of police (Traffic) among others. Baijal was informed by the concerned authorities that the agencies responsible for the task including PWD, NDMC, SDMC, DDA, and Delhi Police have been identified and the required action plan to decongest in a “time-bound manner” has also been chalked out, the statement said. “It was agreed by all the stakeholders on board that certain activities such as removal of encroachment, restructuring and redesigning of certain road stretches, construction of foot over bridges and underpasses wherever necessary need to be undertaken immediately,” it added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly elected BJP MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa today requested Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal that the cost incurred on yesterday’s special session of Delhi Assembly be recovered from the AAP. Sirsa said the one-day session for demonstrating how to rig EVMs was nothing more than a “blatant misuse of a constitutional institution” by the AAP to promote its own political agenda at the cost of public exchequer. In a letter to Baijal, Sirsa, who won the Rajouri Garden bypoll last month, sought to know why the Aam Aadmi Party did not stage such a demonstration at its office. “Huge amount of money was spent on the special session which was not required to be called for such an exercise. The LG should order recovery of this amount from the AAP as the exercise was nothing more than blatant misuse of a constitutional institution,” the BJP leader said in a statement. Yesterday, AAP MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj had “demonstrated” in the Assembly how the vote machines could be rigged, a claim trashed by the Election Commission, which said a “duplicate” gadget was hacked. Participating in a discussion on the issue during a day-long special session of the Assembly, Bhardwaj dramatically claimed a voting machine can be manipulated by simply feeding it with a “secret code”. “We are not making baseless allegations on EVM manipulation. With this demonstration, it has been proved that EVMs can actually be hacked,” he had said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In February 2015, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, an anti corruption crusader riding high on his activism, decimated the opposition, winning 67 of the 70 seats in Delhi Assembly elections. Two years later, he faces allegations of receiving a bribe of Rs 2 crore. The allegation comes from none other Kapil Mishra, who was once a close aide of Kejriwal and his cabinet colleague until Saturday evening when he was sacked.Mishra on Sunday morning claimed Satyendra Jain, another minister in the Delhi government, paid Kejriwal the money in his presence.”I saw Satyendra Jain handing over Rs 2 crore in cash to Kejriwal at his residence day before yesterday,” he told reporters at Raj Ghat on Sunday.”When inquired about the money, the CM evaded the question saying few things in politics cannot be explained,” the 36-year-old former minister alleged.Mishra said he has handed over details to Lt Governor Anil Baijal.”After witnessing all this, I had to raise my voice. I’m ready to make a statement before the CBI and the Anti Corruption Bureau if required,” he added.Mishra further alleged that Jain had told him that he settled land deals worth Rs 50 crore for a relative of Kejriwal.While Kejriwal refrained from reacting on the allegations, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said “The charges don’t even merit a response.””Now, the allegations he is making are so absurd and there are no facts,” Sisodia said.Immediately after Sisodia’s counter, Mishra took to twitter saying, “The day Satyendra Jain goes to jail, I’ll stand Vindicated. It’s just a matter of few days.”The development triggered further political crisis for AAP with the Opposition demanding Kejriwal’s resignation.Members of Youth Congress workers protested outside Kejriwal’s residence demanding his resignation and a CBI probe into the allegations.The AAP has been in turmoil after its humiliating defeat in the Delhi municipal elections last month.Minutes after Mishra made these serious allegations against Kejriwal, sharp reactions from all major political parties started pouring in with the BJP demanding resignation of Kejriwal saying he has “punctured the balloon of his honesty.”Mishra’s sudden sacking from the cabinet raised further questions on the internal differences in AAP. Sources in the party said that Mishra was removed as he had openly opposed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over party’s assertion that tampering of electronic voting machines led to the party’s defeat in Punjab Assembly elections and Delhi MCD polls.They also added that Mishra was very close to Vishwas and was seen hobnobbing with him when the poet-turned-politician attacked the Chief Minister and his coterie over the debacle in Punjab and Goa Assembly and Delhi municipal polls.Mishra also claimed that the decision to sack him has nothing to do with his performance as a minster as was stated by the party.”The decision was unilaterally taken by Kejriwal. I have not been moved out because of water problems. Both Kejriwal and Sisodia have never raised water problem earlier. Were they lying until now?” he asked.Hours before his sacking was announced on Saturday, Mishra had vowed to “expose” those involved in the alleged Rs 400-crore water tanker scam. “The decision was taken because it was known that I was going to reveal some big names,” he said.During the day when Mishra went to meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal to submit his report, several AAP MLAs and leaders, including Vishwas, were gathered at Kejriwal’s residence in Civil Lines. “Kejriwal is calling up MLAs at his residence.. hatching conspiracy against me.. but I won’t bend,” he tweeted ahead of launching striking allegations.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today requested Lt Governor Anil Baijal to examine possibility of “immediately dismissing” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and minister Satyendar Jain over graft allegations against them by their sacked colleague Kapil Mishra. Tiwari, who met Baijal, requested him to forward the matter for probe into the allegations of corruption and money laundering to concerned agencies like CBI, Income Tax department, Enforcement Directorate. “Sir, we request you to please examine the possibility of immediately dismissing the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministerial colleague Satyendar Jain under the constitutional provisions and report entire matter to the President of India,” he said in his letter addressed to LG. He said though his party has demanded resignation of Kejriwal and Jain “but we feel they are unlikely to resign”. “Therefore, in the interest of the constitutional proprietary, it is important that you take cognisance of these grave matters of corruption and money laundering,” he said. A day after being dropped as a minister, AAP MLA Mishra levelled stunning allegations of corruption against Kejriwal and Jain, a charge refuted by deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia. Mishra told reporters that he “saw” Jain handing over “Rs 2 crore” to Kejriwal at his official residence. He also alleged that Jain had told him about a “land deal” worth “Rs 50 crore” of a relative of Kejriwal that he had “settled”, claiming that when the matter was brought to the knowledge of the Chief Minister he termed it as a “lie”. In his letter, Tiwari has said allegations against Kejriwal and Jain were grave and under the law, receiving such a huge cash amount is a “matter of money laundering”. He said Mishra has witnessed Kejriwal receiving Rs 2 crore “illegal and unaccounted cash” from Jain. The Delhi BJP president also claimed that yesterday, Mishra had made big revelation in the matter of the Delhi Jal Board water tanker scam and he had alleged that “bribes” from water tanker mafias were going to senior politicians. He said Mishra has again made a very strong revelation about “corruption, illegal money laundering and purchase of unauthorised land worth around Rs 50 crore by a ministerial colleague Satyendar Jain with proper knowledge and connivance of the Chief Minister.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi unit of BJP today demanded resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who has been accused by AAP MLA and sacked minister Kapil Mishra of taking Rs 2 crore illegal cash, on moral grounds. Manoj Tiwari, the city unit chief of the BJP, said Kejriwal should step down if he has any morality left with him, within hours of Mishra’s stunning charges of corruption against Kejriwal and Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Tiwari said he would meet Lt Governor Anil Baijal later in the day and urge for his intervention in the matter. “In case Kejriwal doesn’t resign, the Lt Governor should examine the possibility of recommending ‘dismissal’ of the AAP-led Delhi government to the President,” Tiwari said in a press conference. “Kejriwal should resign if has any morality left with him because Kapil Mishra, who was a minister in the government has accused him of corruption. I am going to meet the Lt Governor in this regard,” he added. Although Mishra made up his mind to become a witness of “AAP government’s corruption” a little late, but he must be congratulated for his decision, Tiwari said. “He was sacked after he raised the matter of Rs 2 crore being given to Kejriwal by Jain. He has also told the Lt Governor about this,” the Delhi BJP chief said. A day after being dropped as a minister, Mishra today alleged that he saw Jain handing over Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal at his official residence. He also alleged that Jain had told him about a “land deal” of Kejriwal’s relative, worth “Rs 50 crore”, that he had “settled”, claiming that when the matter was brought to the knowledge of the Chief Minister he had termed it as a “lie”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mayoral elections in the three municipal corporations would be held later this month as Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the dates suggested by the civic bodies. The dates for the polls are — North Delhi Municipal Corporation (May 18), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (May 19) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (May 22), a senior civic official said. “The proposal has been sent to the LG with tentative dates for the mayoral polls for the three municipal corporations. He has approved the dates. The details on presiding officer and senior officer for conducting the elections, however, is still awaited,” he said. A mayor has to elected in the first meeting of the municipal house after the civic polls. On that day, the newly elected councillors would also be administered oath. The MCD elections were held on April 23 which was swept by the BJP. All three outgoing mayors belong to the BJP, the party which has ruled the MCD for the last 10 years. In the NDMC, Sanjiv Nayyar was unanimously elected the mayor on April 28 last year, while on April 27 last year Shyam Sharma and Satya Sharma were elected as mayor of the SDMC and the EDMC respectively. The erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi was trifurcated in 2012 into the NDMC, the SDMC and the EDMC. The first MCD polls after the trifurcation was held the same year. The post of mayor sees five single-year terms on a rotation basis, with the first year being reserved for women, the second for open category, third for reserved category, and the remaining two also being in the open category.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed as “wrong” Lt Governor Anil Baijal’s order to recover Rs 97 crore from the AAP for allegedly spending on the advertisements and said it will be challenged in the court. The chief minister’s remark came after Baijal had last month directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to recover Rs 97 crore from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that was allegedly “splurged” by the Delhi government on advertisements in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. “The Lt Governor’s order to pay Rs 97 crore is totally wrong. We will challenge the order in the court,” Kejriwal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government today directed all its departments to submit compliance reports by April 20 on ensuring payment of salaries to workers as per the new minimum wages rates by contractors hired by them. These contractors have been engaged with various government-run schemes and projects in the national capital. The instructions were issued by the Labour Department in a meeting of 45 government departments and 175 contractors chaired by Labour Minister Gopal Rai. Last month, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had cleared the AAP government’s proposal to hike minimum wages by 37 per cent for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers. The new rates of minimum wages had come into force last month after the labour department had issued a notification on this issue. As per the notification, for an unskilled worker the minimum wages is Rs 13,350 per month against the earlier Rs 9,724 per month. For semi-skilled and skilled persons, it has been increased from Rs 10,764 to Rs 14,698 and from Rs 11,830 to Rs 16,182 per month respectively. “In the meeting, the labour department made it clear that all departments will ensure that contractors hired by them to pay salaries of their workers as per new rates of minimum wages. “Contractors, who were also present in meeting, have been directed not to violate rules,” a senior government official said. The official said that all departments have been asked to submit the compliance reports of the instruction by April 20 on the issue. After approval of the proposal by Baijal, Kejriwal had dubbed the 37 per cent hike in minimum wages as “historic” and “highest” in Independent India. Kejriwal had also thanked the Lt Governor for giving his approval to the AAP government’s decision.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP today termed the Delhi government’s move to clear bills related to a defamation case against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as a “dacoity and loot” of the people’s money and said it will not let this happen. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that Kejriwal was taken to court by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his “personal crime” and the Delhi government’s decision to foot the bill of the AAP leader’s lawyer is against the law and rules of the government. “It’s illegal and immoral. Why should the people of Delhi pay for your (Kejriwal) sins? This is a dacoity and loot of their money and is completely unacceptable,” he told a press conference. Javadekar said Jaitley had paid Rs 10 lakh stamp duty from his pocket and has been paying the bills of his lawyers as well. He alleged that Kejriwal’s politics is based on defaming others and people should not pay for his “sins”. The Delhi government has reportedly made a proposal to pay a bill of close to Rs 4 crore sought by Kejriwal’s lawyer but Lt Governor Anil Baijal has sought Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar’s advice in the matter. Javadekar said Kejriwal is facing at least seven cases of defamation and wondered if the city government would pay over Rs 100 crore when he is asked to pay this sum of money. He accused the AAP of first denying such a proposal and said it is now claiming that the government wants to pay it as the case is against the chief minister. “The fact is the case is not against a chief minister but an individual. His actions have nothing to do with the government. He has tried to defame Jaitley and his family members and will have to pay for it,” he said. Taking a dig at the party, he said its leaders had promised to not avail official vehicles and residences, and lead a simple life if elected to power but it has become an example for reasons completely opposite to its claims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lt Governor Anil Baijal is learnt to have sought Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar’s advice in clearing bills of a top lawyer who has been fighting for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case in a city court.The move by Baijal comes after the Law Department of Delhi Government, responding to a note by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, said that LG’s permission for clearing the bills was necessary. In December, Sisodia had asked for releasing appearance fee to noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani who has been fighting defamation case slapped against Kejriwal by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, sources said.They said that the amount of pending dues to the noted lawyer is around Rs 3 crore and the Law Department had opinioned that why Delhi Government should foot the bills when the case is not related to the city adminstration. Sources said that the Lt Governor is learnt to have written to Kumar seeking his advice on whether the payment should be cleared or not.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The busy Vikas Marg, MG Road, Mustafa Kemal Atat rk Marg, Shantipath-RTR Marg are among the 28 corridors in the national capital that will be developed as model roads with systems in place for smart management of traffic. The other roads that figure in the list for works on traffic management include Outer Ring Road, IGNOU Road, Kalindi Kunj Road, Sardar Patel Marg, GT Karnal Road, said a senior traffic police officer These corridors were identified on the basis of the recommendations of six task forces, that were constituted by Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal. The 28 priority corridors, that fall under the A category, were identified for immediate action for traffic management in Delhi. The southern range has the maximum corridors with nine, followed by seven corridors in outer traffic range, four in western and eastern, respectively, three in central and one the northern, he said. While four roads — Mehrauli-Badarpur, Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road and Chirag Dilli Road — will be focussed upon as part of the pilot project, 24 others will also be developed in due course of time. The capital’s roads have been divided in three categories – A, B, C – consisting of 77 congested corridors by the six task forces formed for traffic management in January. The A category consists of those roads that have high volume of traffic, affect more people and where the traffic issues can be addressed in lesser time, said an officer. These roads should have smart traffic management system. Any obstruction and illegal parking will also be removed on these stretches.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four major busy corridors in the national capital will be developed as model roads on a pilot basis, with systems in place for smart management of traffic and need-based infrastructural development. The four roads – Mehrauli-Badarpur, Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road and Chirag Dilli Road – would also be made encroachment-free under the plan. The capital’s roads have been divided in three categories – A, B, C – consisting of 77 congested corridors by the six task forces formed by Lt Governor Anil Baijal on traffic management in January. Twenty-eight priority corridors, which fall under the A category, have been identified for immediate action for traffic management in Delhi. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by the L-G. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary M M Kutty, senior officers of all agencies concerned, including traffic police, the PWD, the transport department, the MCD and the DMRC. In the meeting, recommendations of six task forces were discussed. A senior officer, who was present in meeting, said the A category consists of those roads where the traffic issues can be addressed in lesser time. The C category has those roads that will require a longer span of time and the action may include construction of flyovers, foot-over-bridge, change in road design. The officer did not elaborate on the category B road. “Under the pilot project, MB Road, Aurobindo Marg, Mathura Road and Chirag Dilli Road have been identified. All concerned agencies will ensure that these roads are encroachment-free at the earliest. “These roads should have smart traffic management system. Any obstruction and illegal parking will also be removed on these stretches,” a top senior official said. A Category also includes Kemal Ataturk Marg and Sardar Patel Marg. The officer also said the agencies involved in the project will apprise the L-G about the timeline for particular works like removal of encroachment, changes in design if required. In meeting, Baijal emphasised the immediate implementation of the projects and works identified, should be undertaken in to ensure their timely completion. Periodic monitoring and evaluation of impact of action on these interventions are to be done alongwith proper documentation, another official said. The areas under flyovers and U-turns have to be specifically cleaned, kept green and beautified. “The road-owning agencies will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of roads and for keeping them encroachment free. The Chief Secretary was asked to coordinate with the agencies concerned and to submit an actionable plan within three weeks,” Baijal told officers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal today directed Delhi Police to widely publicise its ‘One Touch Away’ mobile application so that people could utilise its services optimally. The direction was issued at a meeting chaired by Baijal who reviewed the ‘use of technology by Delhi Police’. The meeting was attended by Delhi’s Principal Home Secretary, Police Commissioner and other senior officials. In the meeting, the LG also directed the force to evolve the technology for proper upkeep of records. The ‘One Touch Away App’ is operational where various issues like loss report, motor vehicle theft, property theft, senior citizen app. “LG has asked the Police Commissioner to regularly test check the systems in place, utilise various apps in operation optimally, keep on digitising services offered to the people of Delhi,” the LG office said in a statement. There was also a discussion on the ‘e-saathi App’ being designed in two phases. Phase-I focuses on National Emergency Response System (NERS-112) which will integrate various services like CATS ambulance and fire department. Phase II will focus on establishment of new state-of-the-art control room with modern and upgraded cyber highways. The Lt Governor also reviewed the ‘action taken points’ of the previous meetings on traffic management, women safety, community policing initiatives, improving efficiency of police functioning, it said. Baijal asked the officers concerned to undertake regular checks to ensure that the systems are functioning well at all time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Starting tomorrow, women and children can access for free toilet facilities at hotels and restaurants in south Delhi, as the area’s civic body and a few hotelier associations have agreed in-principle for it. However, civic authorities will test the efficacy of this initiative on a “trial basis” and a review would be held on May 1, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation said. SDMC had earlier said the facility for people would begin from April 1 on a nominal payment basis. “Some hotel and restaurant-owner bodies had yesterday met senior SDMC officials on this proposal and both sides agreed in-principle to allow women and children to use toilets at their premises from March 24,” a senior SDMC official said. The municipal body has initiated this step as part of its efforts to boost ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign in its area. It had acted on the advice of Lt Governor Anil Baijal, who had asked the SDMC to explore this idea. According to the previous proposal, even men were to be included, and users of such toilets were to shell out up to Rs 5 as per discretion of restaurants and hotels. “The establishment of these restaurants have also been given discretion to charge upto Rs 5 per usage to cover their charges towards maintenance and cleaning,” the SDMC had said on March 15. The move will now make available for use an additional over 3,500 toilets accessible to public, the SDMC said. The decision has been taken in view of the issue of safety of women. During yesterday’s meet, civic officials also told them (restaurant/hotel-owners) that the implementation of the decision is not going to “infringe on their business interests”. SDMC also said the civic body is planning to increase the number of public sanitation facilities, especially in markets. “The owners have agreed for allow free usage of washrooms at hotels and restaurants for women and children. The owners, however, will have a limited discretion on security concerns,” the official said. The corporation said this will go a long way in improving the ranking of the SDMC in the Swachh Bharat Mission survey. “The matter will, however, be reviewed on May 1 to understand the concerns and the practical difficulties faced by hotels during the trial period and also to explore the possibilities for further increasing the scope of this initiative,” he said. The official said the SDMC is also mulling making mandatory this facility for issue of health trade licences.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The AAP government today said it would soon roll out free rides in DTC and cluster buses for senior citizens and students up to 21 years of age, as well as a hefty concession in monthly passes for women commuters.The move is being seen as a bid to woo voters ahead of municipal elections in April. Transport Minister Satyendar Jain said a DTC monthly bus pass would be available for women commuters at Rs 250 Presently it is priced at Rs 850 for non-AC and Rs 1,000 for AC buses. Speaking at a function in South Delhi, Jain also said that people with monthly income of up to Rs 20,000 would also be provided bus passes at Rs 250.Sources said that the proposal, recently sent to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, also advocates free rides for MLAs. “Delhi government will soon provide free ride for senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and students up to 21 years of age, in DTC and cluster buses,” Jain said at a gathering here. The decision is aimed at encouraging people to use public transport to reduce air pollution in the national capital, he said.The Lt Governor had returned the file of Delhi government’s ambitious proposal to slash fares of DTC buses by 75 per cent, asking the city administration to reconsider it.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP-ruled North Delhi Municipal Corporation has dubbed AAP government’s pension scheme as a “political stunt”, charging that the NDMC councillors were given only one day to recommend names of beneficiaries. “Delhi government’s circular, dated February 21, has asked for recommendation of names of beneficiaries under the scheme till 3 PM on February 23. It has not specified the number of recommendations a ward councillor can make and it appears to be a “political stunt,” standing committee of NDMC said in its resolution passed today. Participating in the debate over the issue, the BJP councillors demanded fixing number of beneficiaries to be recommended by them. They also demanded extending last date of making recommendations till February 28. The resolution passed by the committee also demanded allocating funds for beneficiaries in a ward through NDMC. Lt Governor Anil Baijal recently cleared a proposal by the Delhi government to increase the monthly pensions of widows, senior citizens and the disabled by Rs 1,000 each. Currently, 4.52 lakh people are covered under the scheme while the upper limit allowed is 5.3 lakhs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday reviewed measures to alleviate pollution in the national capital. Baijal, while directing to control the road dust, coal dust, fly ash, also asked the concerned authorities to focus on ?malba? removal. Meanwhile, he also asserted to monitor green land abutting roads and central verges and ordered greening of the pavements to reduce air pollution. Baijal also ordered to rationalise bus depot locations for interstate buses. He said that construction and demolition waste removal from site and its final disposal should be made a condition in the contract. The L.G issued these directions in a meeting to review the condition of air pollution in the national capital where he advised the departments to work out a plan to secure a long term solution to the issue of deteriorating air quality in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Anil Baijal has approved the CBI’s request to prosecute former deputy secretary in the Chief Minister’s office Tarun Sharma in a graft case involving Arvind Kejriwal’s former principal secretary Rajendra Kumar. “The sanction has been given to CBI to prosecute Tarun Sharma in connection with a corruption case,” sources said. The move comes days after the Centre gave sanction to CBI to prosecute Rajendra Kumar. CBI had filed charge sheet against him in December last year. CBI had registered a case against Kumar, Sharma and others in December 2015 alleging they had abused their official position by “favouring a particular firm in the last few years in getting tenders of Delhi government departments”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has cleared the AAP government’s ambitious proposal of setting up around 300 mohalla clinics on the premises of government-run schools in the national capital. The LG office said that the proposal has been cleared but with certain riders relating to the safety and security of the school children. Some other conditions are also there. According to an official, as the proposal has been okayed by the LG, work on setting up mohalla clinics will begin soon. In November, Baijal’s predecessor Najeeb Jung had sent back the file related to the proposal, citing certain clauses of the Delhi School Education Act under which school premises can only be used for academic purposes. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had urged Jung to invite him and power minister Satyendra Jain for a discussion to resolve the issue. The aim of opening mohalla clinics on school premises is to provide free primary healthcare to students as well as general public. “Lt Governor Anil Baijal has cleared the proposal to open around 300 mohalla clincs on premises of Delhi government’s schools. Health Department will now start working on setting up such clinics,” said a senior government official. The official also said that these clinics will have an entry point for general public from outside, restricting unauthorised entry to the school. The government had earlier announced that 1,000 mohalla clinics would be established by December 31 but the deadline was pushed to March this year. Mohalla clinics are run by the Delhi government that aim to provide free primary healthcare to all. Currently, around 109 mohalla clinics are operational in the national Capital, treating almost 2,500 patients every day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)