<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has reprimand the Delhi government for failing to explain how and why 78 people died in a state-run leprosy home in northeast Delhi’s Tahirpur in five years. The NHRC has asked Chief Secretary MM Kutty to do proper explaining. The deaths happened between 2008 and 2012 but the city government has failed to explain to the NHRC the reasons behind them.The NHRC said that the government’s report “is silent about the cause of deaths and also about the allegations of financial irregularities”. The human rights watchdog had earlier said: “Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi, be asked to direct an officer of Home Department to cause an inquiry regarding the allegations of financial irregularities and also the cause of deaths.”Pursuant to the NHRC directions, the Deputy Secretary (Home) had submitted a report which gives the cause of only 22 deaths. “However, it has not given the details of all individual cases and their cause of deaths,” the notice said.NHRC said that an inquiry into the matter must be carried by a sub-divisional magistrate. The commission also wants to know whether between 2008 and 2012 any doctor was assigned to look after the health of the inmates and whether any clinic is available for them.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Chief Secretary MM Kutty has invited trouble for skipping the birth anniversary celebrations of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at Vijay Ghat.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked Kutty to “explain” why he was not present at the event which was attended by the President, the Prime Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister, besides others.According to one of the aides of Kejriwal, the CM is “unhappy” with Kutty for skipping the event, which was organised by the Delhi government’s Art, Culture and Language Department.He said many other bureaucrats also chose to not attend the programme, which left Kejriwal more irked.“The casual attitude displayed by officers towards a national function has not gone down well with the chief minister. He is annoyed with this kind of behaviour,” he said.There have been frequent tussles between the CM office and bureaucrats in running the city-state.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of rising cases of dengue and chikungunya in Delhi, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has shot off a letter to the Delhi government asking them not to deploy doctors, para-medical and non-medical staff in the Delhi Secretariat and other government offices. In his letter to Chief Secretary MM Kutty and Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain, the L-G also asked for an action-taken report to be submitted within two weeks.”Considering the current need to gear up our health infrastructure to meet the challenges of rising cases of dengue, chikungunya and other vector-borne diseases, it would be desirable to look into this matter urgently and repatriate all such staff to their respective institutions,” the L-G said in his letter dated July 20.Sources in the health department feel that the move has been aimed at shifting qualified doctors back to the hospitals who have been given administrative jobs. “The main job of the doctor is to treat patients and not to pass orders.He should be ideally sitting in the hospital and treating patients. Even a single doctor can help in taking the burden off from existing staff,” said a senior health official requesting anonymity.Many government hospitals in Delhi are reeling under acute shortages of ophthalmologists and paediatricians. “Some of the senior paediatricians are handling administrative work in the Delhi Secretariat while the hospitals are left to suffer,” added another senior government official.The L-G had earlier directed the agencies to effectively monitor and improve the functioning of their 24X7 helpline numbers and update their database to provide real-time information on beds and other details to the public. Baijal also directed the municipal bodies to designate a nodal person for each ward, who will be responsible for vector control, awareness-related measures, and ward-wise reports of activities being carried out at the ground level. These, he said, should be submitted on a daily basis to the controlling authorities.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Concerned over traffic congestion in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written to the chief secretary asking him to direct the transport department to prepare a list of bottlenecks on city’s roads by August 5. In his note to Chief Secretary M M Kutty, Kejriwal said due to traffic congestion and jams reaching office, college or home on time has become a “daily challenge”. “In the past, the approach has been haphazard and random, to say the least. The state of affairs cannot be allowed to remain as it is at the moment. We need systematic and planned efforts to ease the burden on the commuter,” he said. The chief minister said the reasons for traffic congestion in several parts of Delhi could be due to encroachments, poor traffic management, bad road design, enforcement, among others. “These bottlenecks lead to traffic snarls, particularly during peak hours. Transport secretary should make a list of these bottlenecks across the city. Feedback from Delhi Police and public should also be taken to prepare this list,” Kejriwal said. He also said once the list was ready, authorities would need to find solution to each bottleneck.(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 PWD Secretary Ashwani Kumar has hit back at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who had accused him of not overseeing the desilting of drains, saying “negativity and squabbling attitude” does not work in such a challenging task. In a sharp response to Kejriwal’s letter to Chief Secretary MM Kutty seeking action against him, Kumar 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 –>In a bid to address the GST concerns of all the traders of Delhi, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will address them through a Facebook Live event tomorrow. The deputy CM will go live on Delhi government’s social media page tomorrow in an hour-long session during which he will take questions from traders as well as consumers. The Delhi government’s Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) had refused to organise the event as the social media campaign for its publicity required an open tender. Two days ago, Sisodia had written to Chief Secretary M M Kutty seeking action against DIP Director Jayadev Sarangi for not arranging the Facebook Live event earlier this month on ‘technical’ grounds. “In a bid to address the GST concerns of all the traders of Delhi, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia will address them live using the Facebook platform tomorrow evening from 6 to 7 PM,” a statement from the DIP said here today. This initiative is primarily aimed at about three lakh traders’ fraternity of Delhi, it said. In his letter to Kutty, Sisodia had asked him to initiate proceedings against Sarangi for ‘dereliction of duty’, and replace him with an ‘officer who can perform’. Sisodia, who heads the DIP, said the officer didn’t know that such an event does not require an open tender and instead, needed only an internet connection and a camera. The sources said the refusal was intended to avoid any probe in the future as the CBI had launched an investigation in connection with TalktoAK (Talk to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal) on the complaint of the Vigilance Department. The DIP statement further said the response has been tremendous and people from all over the state have been calling in to get details about the Facebook Live on GST. The questions can be posted at [email protected] before the event and at the Facebook page — www.facebook.com/DelhiGovernment during the FB Live event, an 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 –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today directed the Chief Secretary to ensure that Delhi government-run hospitals have all necessary medicines after a report said that there was only 50 per cent availability of drugs. Kejriwal said he would conduct surprise checks to see that there are adequate medicines, consumables and functioning equipments after he received complaints about X-Ray and CT scan machines not working properly in some hospitals. The health department is under Cabinet Minister Satyendar Jain. The chief minister said Chief Secretary M M Kutty will certify every month that all equipments in Delhi Government hospitals are functioning properly. Kejriwal also expressed strong displeasure at not being provided regular reports about the status of availability of medicines and consumables, despite clear directions having been given to Kutty on April 6 that a written report be submitted to him on the 1st and 15th of every month, according to an official release. “Directed Chief Secy today to ensure 100per cent availability of medicines in all Del govt hospitals. CS to certify every month (sic),” the CM tweeted. The first report presented to the Chief Minister says that in some hospitals less than 50 per cent medicines are available and details about the status of equipment and consumables are still awaited. It shows 33 per cent availability of medicines in Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hospital (Patel Nagar), 34 per cent in Guru Teg Bhadur (GTB) Hospital, 36 per cent in Ch. Braham Prakash Ayurvedic Charak Sansthan, Khera Dabur, 44 per cent in Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini and 46 per cent Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital.(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 few areas of Delhi are facing shortage of water supply due to Haryana government allegedly curtailing its supply to the national capital. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has directed Chief Secretary M M Kutty to talk to his Haryana counterpart and ensure restoration of full water supply to Delhi as soon as possible. Delhi’s water requirement is 900 million gallons per day, but it is falling short by about 50 MGD since May 8, according to a senior Delhi Jal Board (DJB) official. “Haryana has reduced water supply to Delhi. I have told Chief Secretary to talk to his Haryana counterpart to ensure immediate supply of water,” Sisodia said in a tweet tonight. Sisodia is holding the charge of the Water ministry, since rebel AAP leader and former minister Kapil Mishra was sacked from the Delhi cabinet. If Haryana continues to cut water supply to Delhi, there may be shortage of water supply in some areas of the city, another 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 –>Cracking the whip, the Delhi government has issued directions to all its departments to take strict action against employees indulging in “wilful” absence from duty. The move comes after the Directorate of Vigilance found that several officials working in various departments were absent from duty despite expiry of their leaves, but no action was taken against them. In its written communication to all HoDs, principal secretaries and secretaries, the directorate has asked them to identify such officers and officials in their departments and take strict action. “The directorate is in receipt of many cases regarding unauthorised absence from different departments of GNCTD (Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi), in which no action had been taken against the defaulter, despite lapse of considerable period of time… Central Vigilance Commission also recently advised CVO (Chief Vigilance Officer GNCTD) to identify all such cases in the Delhi government, the directorate stated. In the written communication, the directorate said, “In case of continued absence from duties, action is first taken to make the official to join his duties. For this, direction to join duties should be sent to at all known address of the official. If the same are not responded, public notice may be issued through newspapers advertisements asking the official to join his/her duty. If still, no response is received, action, as deemed fit, under relevant rules, may be taken. In December last year, Chief Secretary M M Kutty had also warned all officers and officials of strict action if they come to office after 9.45 AM. The general administration department needs to ensure all officers working in the Delhi Secretariat mark their attendance through biometric system by 9.45 AM,” Kutty had told officers in a meeting.(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 may hand over the management of Asha Kiran Homes, where deaths of 11 inmates were recently reported, to an expert panel following Chief Secretary’s report that pointed out at “administrative lapses” at the shelter. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has directed the Social Welfare Department of Delhi Government to prepare a note on rope in an expert panel to run Asha Kiran Homes for mentally challenged children and women. Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had ordered Chief Secretary M M Kutty to submit his report on shelter after 11 deaths of inmates were reported. “The Deputy CM has asked Social Welfare Department to submit a note in this regard,” said an official. Sources said the Deputy CM wants that expert panel should be headed by a psychiatrist. Sisodia had recently directed Social Welfare Department to submit CCTV footages to his office as soon as possible. They said the report of the Chief Secretary will be submitted in the court which is hearing the matter related to this issue. In his note to Kutty, Kejriwal had hit out the Secretary of the Social Welfare Department, that runs the home, and sought to know the reason behind her silence on the “11 deaths” that reportedly took place over the last two months. “I am extremely disturbed by the prevailing conditions reported by DCW and in the media on the home. Chief Secretary should personally ensure that all these deficiencies are removed within a week to the satisfaction of DCW,” the CM had said in the note.(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 Secretary M M Kutty today visited Asha Kiran Home to inspect arrangements at the shelter following reports of death of 11 inmates over the past two months. The Chief Secretary along with Director (Social Welfare) visited the shelter in the morning and inspected the facilities being provided to the inmates. Following the deaths, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had, earlier this week, directed Kutty to intervene immediately and set the situation right and file a report by February 13. “I am extremely disturbed by the prevailing conditions reported by DCW and in the media on the home. Chief Secretary should personally ensure that all these deficiencies are removed within a week to the satisfaction of DCW,” Kejriwal had written in a note to Kutty. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has also directed officials concerned to submit footages of the CCTV cameras installed at Asha Kiran Home for the last 10 days.(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 –>India woke up to 2017 with yet another incident of New Year’s Eve sexual harassment, and it wasn’t just any other. The incident in Bengaluru made the words ‘mass molestation’ mainstream. It was perhaps the final nail in the coffin, an incident that made women and men across ages and classes stand up and say ‘enough is enough’. That’s how the #IWillGoOut collective describe themselves as well. “A group of individuals sharing similar views of outrage against mounting cases of sexual harassment against women, decided to form a collective,” it said in a statement.It began as a message thread on Facebook, says Sruthi Kutty, who was at the helm of the gathering in Mumbai. “I was added by a friend in Pune and multiple women from a lot of cities were being added too. We realised that instead of organising one event in a particular city, we should have it in multiple cities simultaneously because this is something that everyone faces and it would create a nationwide impact.”Although the movement began on Facebook, they didn’t want it to be limited only to people with access to social media. “We were concerned about breaking that barrier but Jaago Re and One Billion Rising, both organisations with a great grass-root connect came on board,” said Kutty.The impact that the collective hopes to make with the movement is to bring out the fact that it’s an issue faced by women everywhere irrespective of where they come from. “When it comes to politics of gender, it’s the same everywhere,” says Kutty. “There is too much normalisation of sexual violence, especially street sexual harassment. There is an attitude that ‘you only got touched, not raped’, and suddenly it hit us that we’re regressing instead of progressing.”Woman powerIt was an uncanny co-incidence that January 21 happened to be the date for the multi-city #IWillGoOut protests in India, on a day when women across the globe are taking part in marches against US President Donald Trump.“We were actually planning to do it a week earlier as we didn’t want it to be so close to Republic Day due to security and permission reasons but because there were so many cities involved we had to wait. But I’m glad we waited. Although we have nothing to do with the marches happening across the world, we are of course, in solidarity with every women’s movement happening out there.”Although the turnout at Mumbai’s Veer Kotwal Garden in Dadar was a handful of about 100 odd people, Kutty is optimistic about the initiative picking up speed from here. “This is just the beginning of a very long struggle.Today is about making a statement and taking it forward. We are trying to establish relationships with women so that we can have a bigger collective and create a safe space where women can talk about such issues because many are still met with disbelief and judgement.”The atmosphere was passionate, pulsing and contagious. Chants of ‘Day or night, I will go out. Dress or sari, I will go out’ and ‘Main bhi baahar jaaungi’ in Hindi, English and Marathi filled the air in Mumbai and Delhi. The capital witnessed a turnout of about 300 men and women who marched a mile’s distance from Barakhamba Road to Jantar Mantar. Feminist activist, Kamla Bhasin penned a song for the occasion, lyrics of which inspired many who were gathered. People engaged in dialogue and discussions about the problem, its severity and the need for it to be addressed. Women were encouraged to fill forms and name streets and areas they avoided to visit because they were unsafe. Shilpa Phadke, author of Why Loiter, highlighted how being restricted at home is also a form of violence. “When women say ‘I can’t go out, I have no choice so I am staying at home,’ is also a form of violence,” said Phadke. There is an urgent for people to understand how restricted movement affects women and their growth in life, said Kutty. “Doesn’t it trickle down to my choice of job, then?”The protest was populated by the urban youth but there were several expats and parents who had come out in support for a safer society for their children. 17-year-old student, Kavisha Khanna, was one such passionate voice at the protest. “India needs a revolution to change things, I don’t think it’s going to happen any other way,” she said. It’s a movement that needs attention from all sections of society said Anjali Monteiro, a 61-year-old professor at TISS, Mumbai, and took part in the protest. “It’s an important cause but the mobilisation is more middle class right now. It requires many people from different sections of society to be involved. Safety and the right to be in public places is every woman’s right across class.” 37-year-old Karan Bajaj was at the protest to support a safer society for his daughters. “As a man I feel embarrassed to be exposed to the shocking and shameful things that men are doing. I have two daughters and it feels dangerous to be raising two young girls in such an environment.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yadav vs Yadav: Election Commission may freeze Samajwadi Party’s poll symbolThe bitter battle between father and son reached the Election Commission on Monday with Mulayam Singh Yadav staking claim on the Samajwadi Party and its election symbol — bicycle —that has high recall value. A possible freeze on it may make campaigning difficult for Akhilesh Yadav. Read in detailJammu & Kashmir: Militant killed in encounter with security forcesAn unidentified militant was on Tuesday killed in an encounter with security forces in Sopore area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district, police said. Read moreEating out? Paying service charge is your callThe Union government on Monday said that ‘service charge’ on food bills is not compulsory and that the consumer has the option of not paying it if s/he is not satisfied with the service. In a notification, the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) asked the states to “advise the hotels and restaurants” to disseminate this information through displays on their premises. Read moreKejriwal govt begins ‘Jung’ against Delhi Chief Secretary MM KuttyThe AAP government may have been heaving a sigh of relief when outgoing Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung finally tendered his resignation, but now it seems they have a new thorn in the flesh—Delhi chief secretary MM Kutty. Read moreNo North Korea missile will be capable of reaching US, says President-elect TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to promise North Korea would not develop a nuclear missile capable of reaching US territory. His comments come a day after the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, appeared to try to put pressure on Trump by announcing his country is in the “final stages” of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Read more