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PM Modi meets students from Jammu and Kashmir; discusses girl education, Swachh Bharat

A group of 30 school girls from Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Saturday.The students are currently on a tour to various parts of the country, as part of the Indian Army’s Operation Sadbhavna.In the meeting, Prime Minister Modi interacted with the students on various issues such as their dreams and aspirations, girls’ education and Swachh Bharat.During the meeting, the girls posed various questions to the Prime Minister, to which he explained the various steps being taken for girls’ education. He further explained the various spin-off benefits, including on health and tourism that can accrue through the Swachh Bharat Mission.Prime Minister Modi also explained the students about the benefits of concentration-improving Yoga.He further appreciated the increasing number of youths from Jammu and Kashmir making it to the civil services and showing great potential in sports.The Prime Minister asserted that India has a bright future, and the children and youths of Jammu and Kashmir have a lot to contribute to the nation.

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BJP leaders meet in WB ahead of bypolls

A day after Trinamool Congress’ youth wing president Abhishek Banerjee lashed out at BJP at Sabang in West Midnapore, ahead of bypolls on December 21, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh and BJP MP and Union minister Babul Supriyo along with others conducted a meeting on Sunday at Sabang.At the meeting, Ghosh accused the Mamata Banerjee-led government of indulging in politics of appeasement and alleged that there had been no development at Sabang and that it had been given step-motherly treatment by the state.”The TMC government had not done any development here in spite of the Central government sanctioning Rs 678 crore to build canals to help prevent floods. It is just a huge scam. The canals have been dug haphazardly,” Ghosh said, adding that most of the money had been re-routed to the party fund.He also said that Sabang was famous for its mats but Mamata did nothing to ensure the development of that art. Referring to the role of Manas Bhuniya, who had been a Congress MLA since 1982 before defecting to the TMC, he accused him of being an opportunist who switched over for his own personal interest.”So far, there has only been politics of corruption, violence and opportunists who overlooked the interest of the common people by depriving them of basic facilities. There needs to be a change to be brought about here,” he said.Supriyo reiterated that Mamata had been claiming all the credits of providing rice at Rs 2 per kg to the common people but in effect Food Corporation of India (FCI) was buying the rice at Rs 33 per kg of which, the Centre was providing Rs 29.67 per kg, the state was paying Re 1 per kg and consumers were paying Rs 2 per kg for the rice. He also alleged that corruption galore in the TMC government in the implementation of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat mission.

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Mamata banerjee mocks Swachh Bharat mission over Sri Lankan players wearing masks

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee mocked the BJP-led Central government on Tuesday for its Swachh Bharat scheme pointing out the high pollution level in New Delhi which led to Sri Lankan cricketers wearing masks during the third Test against India at Feroze Shah Kotla.“What happened to Swachh Bharat Mission? We all know that charity begins at home. Players of the Sri Lanka cricket team were wearing masks on the field at the capital of the country. There is so much pollution at the capital. From political pollution to air pollution. People need masks for everything from eating to playing,” she said while addressing a gathering organised by the minority department of the state at the Netaji Indoor Stadium here in Central Kolkata.Negating the claims of BJP leaders that she had rechristened Swachh Bharat Mission as ‘Nirmal Bangla’ in West Bengal, Mamata maintains that Nirmal Bangla was launched a lot earlier than Swachh Bharat which was rolled out on October 2, 2014.Also readMask-gate: Angelo Mathews says conditions getting worse, Mohammed Shami plays it downOn Monday too, Mamata, interacting with mediapersons at Nabanna, the state secretariat, said, “Delhi should control pollution. I am saying this because I am ashamed of it. It was an international game and international players were playing with masks on. Pollution problem is getting bad to worse everyday.”
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Bengal’s fund frozen as state has failed to give utilisation certificate for money given: Babul Supriyo

As West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Monday afternoon that the Centre was yet to release Rs 13,714.32 crore to the state under several welfare projects, BJP MP and Union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises Babul Supriyo said at a separate press conference in the evening that funds were frozen because the state had failed to give utilisation certificate (UC) for the money that had been allotted so far. “The state government should submit the UC first and then say these,” he said.He alleged that the state government had not only renamed Central government projects as its own but had also failed to submit an account of usage of those funds. “The Chief Minister has been touring the districts saying that she had been giving people rice at Rs 2 per kg but the truth is that Food Corporation of India (FCI) was buying the rice at Rs 33 per kg of which, the Centre was providing Rs 29.67 per kg, the state was paying Rs 1 per kg and consumers were paying Rs 2 per kg for the rice. In spite of the Centre paying 91 per cent subsidy for such foodgrain, the state government did not even mention the Centre’s contribution,” he said. Similarly, he said that wheat was procured by FCI at Rs 24 per kg of which the Centre was paying Rs 21.45 per kg and consumers were paying Rs 2 per kg for it. “The state government has no contribution to this but is trying to take all the credit,” he added.He also held some printed documents saying how much money was allotted in different housing, NREGA and Swachh Bharat, Amrut projects of the Central government. “We will raise the issue at the parliament,” Supriyo said.
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Bhopal gas victims still waiting for adequate damages

Even after 33 years of one of the world’s worst industrial disasters to happen in India, notoriously etched in the national consciousness as the ‘Bhopal Gas Tragedy’ in which a leak of Methyl Isocyanate gas from Union Carbide plant in the December of 1984 killed thousands and affected millions, survivors are still awaiting adequate compensation.Bhopal’s third generation, born after the disaster, is also suffering from ailments. While there are children who could not sit or speak or hear, many women were not able to conceive again. A large number of tragedy survivors last night marched, holding burning torches in their hand, to a memorial of the world’s worst industrial disaster. They paid homage to those who lost their lives in the calamity at the memorial statue in front of the now-defunct UCC factory.Families of those who died and people who are still bearing the brunt of the ill-effects of the industrial disaster are now signing a petition, to be sent to the Supreme Court, requesting it to start hearing a curative petition of the government filed in December 2010 for more compensation.Also, organisations working with the affected to bring the culprits to justice have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting him to remove toxic waste under the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. Toxic waste lying in the defunct plant of Union Carbide is yet to be disposed of.The victims had not been duly compensated by US-based Union Carbide Corporation (UCC), now owned by Dow Chemicals, MP’s Bhopal Gas Tragedy Relief and Rehabilitation Minister Vishwas Sarang said.
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India BJP minister criticised for peeing in public

A ruling party minister admits to urinating in the open despite an appeal for Indians to use toilets.

Will consider constitutional status for residents’ bodies

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of state (independent charge) of housing and urban affairs, Government of India, on Sunday said his ministry will consider the demand to give ‘Constitutional Status’ to resident welfare associations in the city and look into their demands of giving them funds. Puri also said that it was a good idea to consider municipal bonds to raise funds for the rejuvenation of Mumbai’s urban setup.”Municipal bonds have already been tried out in some places. Urban rejuvenation can be done this way. I will certainly ask my ministry to study other demands,” said Puri, who was in the city for the two-day 5th National Conference of Residents Welfare Associations, Mumbai held in Ghatkopar.”We raised four demands — constitutional status to residents welfare associations, the minister becoming patron of residents welfare association, residents committees getting preface budget and municipal bonds,” said Ramesh Prabhu, general secretary of the committee that organised the conference.”Municipal bonds can be given by the corporation to raise some funds,” said R Dhavalagi, national president, United Welfare Federation of chartered accountants who had attended the meet.”As per 14th finance commission, the government sets aside a budget for municipalities. 80 per cent is given as the main component to municipalities and 20 per cent as performance bonus. We have demanded the 20 percent be given to us so that we can help in Swachh Bharat and other such missions,” claimed Col TP Tyagi, convenor of the conference.

Meghalaya village stays Asia’s cleanest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For artists making nature a theme for their art, this tiny village of 500 souls nestled amongst lush green forests in a remote corner in south of Meghalaya, along the Indo-Bangladesh border, is a perfect destination.Situated in the East Khasi Hill district, the village is famous for its cleanliness and of late has become an attraction point for central and various state government officials to learn tricks to make Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (Clean India Mission) successful.Functional toilets in every household, no stray animals on the streets, paved pathways, solar-lit streets and bamboo dustbins at every corner, the village, nick-named as God’s Own Garden, is consistently working to retain its prestigious tag of the cleanest village of Asia; conferred on it in 2003. No traces of fallen and dry leaves can be seen as they go straight into a dustbin. Not only are plastic bags banned, but smoking is also prohibited in this village. The rules are strictly followed and the defaulters are heavily charged.The story began some 29 years ago when a primary school teacher, Rishot Khongthohrem, concerned at the successive epidemics that had consumed lives of many children in 1988, proposed to launch a cleanliness drive. “There were sceptics in the village executive committee who dismissed the idea as impractical. But Rishot insisted and proposed a comprehensive plan,” said member of the village committee, Lamphrang, also a retired teacher.The village headman, Banjop Thiaw, teaches government officials and scores of voluntary organisations, which can be touted as pf the secrets behind the successful accomplishment of a swachh mission in the village.Sitting cozy outside his tidy home, villager Enes Khonglamet recalls how after the village committee had launched the cleanliness drive in 1988, within two years the streets and houses had become spic-and-span. The first order came to put animals in enclosures, whether domesticated or stray. Then every household was told to construct toilets alongwith septic tanks and then were asked to attend to kitchen waste. All 97 houses in the village have septic and compost pits dug in the adjoining garden.”It is mandatory for every household to segregate organic waste from plastics etc. The organic waste is placed in the compost pit that converts it into manure, which is later used in the fields. The inorganic waste is collected in a large bamboo waste box, which is transported to Shillong once a month, and is handed over to a recycling plant,” says Lamphrang.One of the farmers Khonglamet recalls that there was lot of opposition, as poor villagers had to use their meagre resources to build all these things. But looking back, he recalls with sparkles in his eyes that cleanliness has brought fortunes and pots of money to the village.”It is become a big tourist attraction now. During the peak season, 2,000-odd tourists visit the village on a daily basis,” he said. Khonglamet hopes that his son who is studying commerce in Shillong will return to set up a tourist related business here.”We charge every vehicle Rs 50 for entering the village. Therefore, we are self-sufficient to repair and attend to maintenance of pathways. There are 22 guest houses in the village that have 100 per cent occupancy between May and September. Also there are seven eateries which serve village organic food. The village is connected to nearby Rawa village through a unique Living Root Bridges which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hanging on a river, the bridges are made by connecting the aerial roots of seven massive rubber trees with each other.Asked if the experiment of Mawlynnong has been replicated elsewhere, Lamprang tells DNA, “Meghalaya government had tried to convince other villages and had even offered incentives. Other village heads had attempted the cleanliness drive to lure tourists and raise income of their village, but you know sanitation is not about money, but changing the habit of people. We succeeded changing the social habits of people. No amount of force, but only cajoling and their own understanding can bring changes in habits. As you know, old habits die hard.”

AMC to wash flyovers and bridges

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the growing controversy, which according to many is aimed to tarnish the civic body’s image ahead of the assembly elections, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has come up with a fresh idea. It is planning to wash all bridges and flyovers across the city.The controversy of putting cross marks on some houses and walls of societies in Paldi area by Solid Waste Management (SWM) department of the civic body was aimed to put the AMC on the back foot, according to many.However, the AMC’s fresh move is believed to dilute the controversy.The incident of putting marks for identification of the door-to-door waste collection has tarnished AMC’s image, in which many have sniffed a political vendetta.To control the damage, the SWM on Wednesday has decided to wash all bridges and flyovers in the city. This is going to happen for the first time. The AMC will use treated water for the project.”This is a new initiative to keep the city clean. The flyovers are getting swept daily. But they never wash it. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative by us to wash the bridges. We are going to wash 50 flyovers in the city,” said Harshad Solanki, director of SWM department, AMC.It is to be noted that once AMC’s former chief D Thara had also announced to wash city roads once in every week with treated water. The project never started.The civic body is using treated sewage for watering gardens and green patches. The initiative also shows an innovative method of civic body, which may get some points for evaluation of Swachh City Sarvekshan under Swachh Bharat Mission.

Work hard to ensure 21st Century belongs to India: PM Modi tells diaspora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked Indians to work hard to ensure that the 21st Century belongs to India and said his government was making every effort to transform the country and take it to new heights.Addressing the Indian diaspora in the Philippines capital, Modi said difficulties might be there but once it’s crossed no one can stop India from achieving new heights. “Our efforts are aimed at transforming India and ensuring everything in our nation matches global standards,” Modi said in his nearly 35-minute speech. Noting that 21st Century is described as Asia’s Century, Modi told the cheering audience that it was duty of every Indian to work hard to make it a century of India. “I say it is possible,” Modi asserted.The Prime Minister said India has always contributed to the world peace and more than 1.25 lakh Indian soldiers sacrificed their lives just for peace during the two world wars. “Our contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Forces is among the biggest. India is the land of Mahatma Gandhi, peace is integral to our culture,” he said, highlighting India’s contribution to the world peace.Modi also lauded his government’s initiatives such as ‘Swachh Bharat’, ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’ and ‘Ujjwala Yojana’. “Which Indian doesn’t want cleanliness? We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now over 2.25 lakh villages in India have become open defecation free,” he said. Stating that getting a LPG connection once used to be a big achievement, Modi said his government has provided free LPG connections to more than 3.5 crore families in over three years.He also attacked the Opposition and said that before 2014 people used to ask how much money has gone to scams but now they ask how much has come. Modi arrived here yesterday on a three-day visit to attend the ASEAN-India and the East Asia summits. Addressing the Indian community in the Philippines capital during his maiden visit, Modi said there was a time when families would celebrate getting gas connections as if they have got home a Mercedes. “Members of Parliament used to get coupons for 25 LPG gas connections annually to oblige people of their constituency… Imagine, gas connections!” he said. Recalling the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi said BJP made him the prime ministerial candidate and people were waiting for the Congress to decide on its candidate.”The Congress party held a meeting and later told a press conference that they have decided that if they retain power they will increase the number of LPG gas cylinders to consumers from nine to 12 per year,” he said. “That (number of cylinders) was going to be their poll issue. That was the expanse of their thought and even the people would be amused by such announcements…Such narrow vision at times leads to major crisis,” he said, referring to the Congress-led UPA’s ouster from power after a decade.Modi said that during his speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort he had requested the well-off citizens to give up LPG subsidy which led 1.5 crore consumers giving up the benefits that were passed on to the poor in form of free connections. “There are 25 crore families in the country. Three crore families have been given gas connections and our target is to provide it to five crore families,” he said, highlighting the harms of fuel-wood on women and children.”When my party came to power, we linked LPG connections with Aadhaar. It was revealed that earlier subsidies were also given to people who did not even exist! Subsidy should be given to deserving people. We are saving Rs 57,000 crore annually by linking LPG connections with Aadhaar,” he said. Modi said the people who earlier wrongly benefited will always opposing him and vowed that he will leave no stone unturned in fulfilling the mission for which he was elected. He also took a jibe at the UPA government referring to its scam-mired tenure, saying that before 2014 people would ask how much money lost due to corruption but now they ask how much money has comeback.Addressing a hall full of Indian community members, Modi also talked about his other initiatives — the Jan Dhan Yojna and the Swachh Bharat. He said 30 crore families, which were out of the banking system for 70 years, have got their zero minimum balance accounts during the NDA regime and their total savings amounted to Rs 67,000 crore.”This is not a small change. Those (the poor) who were out of the banking system have now become the focal point of it,” he remarked. “If Singapore can be clean, if Philippines can be clean then why not India?” he said amid applause from the audience. “Which Indian doesn’t want cleanliness? We have started from where Mahatma Gandhi left and till now over 2.25 lakh villages in India have become open defecation free,” he said.

India trashes UN envoy’s ‘lens’ remark against Swachh Bharat mission, PM Modi’s flagship project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has strongly objected to the serious insensitivity shown by Leo Heller, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, with his ‘lens’ remark against the Swachh Bharat mission.Referring to the logo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship initiative, Heller today said, “Now is a critical time to replace the lens of those glasses (Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses) with the human rights lens.”Reacting to the comment, the Centre said that world knows that the Mahatma Gandhi was the foremost proponent of human rights, including for sanitation, his unique and special focus. The glasses of ‘Father of the Nation’, the unique logo of the Swachh Bharat Mission, epitomise core human rights principles.The UNSR on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation undertook a visit to India from 27 October to 10 November 2017. UNSR alleged that human rights principles have not been properly addressed in India’s water and sanitation programmes.In a statement, the Central Government strongly rejected his mostly baseless assertions and reiterated that the Swachh Bharat Mission and the rural and urban drinking water programmes fully conform to the Human Rights Criteria and Principles (as established by the UN system) as listed below.Referring to the incomplete understanding of water and sanitation in India, the statement says that the UNSR has failed to acknowledge the paradigm shift in national sanitation policy, which has moved from construction of toilets to open defecation free communities and seems to be looking at the SBM from a tinted lens.The Centre argues that he also attempts to question the findings of a third party, 1,40,000 household national survey by the Quality Council of India that usage of toilets was above 91 per cent, by misleadingly comparing it with a survey of only 1,024 households by Water Aid which focused on toilet technology and not on usage.Regarding the allegation about the lack of toilets in government schools, the UNSR’s claim citing a report by a private organisation is denied.The UNSR also claims that there is inadequate attention and funds for water supply, whereas the reality is that since the launch of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in 2009, Rs 1,20,000 Crore has been invested by Centre and States on into rural drinking water, and Rs 40,000 Crore has been invested by the Central Government on urban water supply since 2005.The government called the report inaccurate, sweeping and biased. Centre says that it is committed to to human rights in general and particularly in the water supply and sanitation sectors and strongly rejects the claims in the UNSR’s report and press statements.

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ jibe at CBI clean chit to MP CM Chouhan in Vyapam scam

Updated: Nov 1, 2017, 11:28 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today took a jibe at the CBI clean chit to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam case, linking it to the government’s cleanliness drive Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”Naitikta gayi kudedaan, Jai Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan (Morality has been thrown into the dustbin, hail Clean India campaign),” Gandhi said on Twitter. He also attached a news report on the CBI clean chit to Chouhan in the Vyapam scam case.The charge sheet filed by the CBI in connection with Pre- Medical test for 2013 listed 490 accused which includes three Vyapam officials – Nitin Mohindra, Ajay Kumar Sen and C K Mishra. The CBI charge sheet came as a major relief to the Madhya Pradesh chief minister as he had been given a virtual clean chit by the probe agency.

North Corporation to paint women’s toilets pink

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a cue from the South civic body, North Delhi mayor Preeti Aggarwal on Saturday directed that all women’s toilets under the North Corporation be painted pink. The move, which comes under the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), is being implemented by civic bodies in areas under their jurisdiction.Currently, the North civic body has over 400 women toilet blocks in its jurisdiction.According to a report by the North Corporation on sanitation earlier this year, the civic body, which has over 800 toilet blocks under it, has built 50 women toilet seats over the last year, which became functional a few months ago.Earlier this month, the South civic body had launched the first public ‘Pink Toilet’ equipped with a sanitary pad vending machine and incinerator. The toilet was launched in southwest Delhi’s PVR Vikaspuri market on the International Day of the Girl Child.While the three municipal corporations — North, South and East — under the SBM had announced opening toilets for women at public places and busy markets, this was the first to have a sanitary pad vending machine.Earlier this year, the civic bodies had made toilets available in hotels and restaurants in its jurisdiction.The corporations had received initial funds of Rs 120 crore in 2015 from the Centre under the SBM to build toilet blocks, besides other sanitation work. According to the SBM guidelines, at a distance of every kilometre, there must be a toilet complex.The East Corporation which has 400 toilet blocks under it has built 70 new blocks under the mission.

Taj Mahal is our responsibility, don’t politicise my Agra visit, says Yogi Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today visited the iconic Taj Mahal, days after BJP lawmaker Sangeet Som called the Mughal heritage site ‘a blot on India’s history’.This was first visit by a BJP Chief Minister to the monument.Though many saw this as a damage control mission by CM Yogi, he quickly denied any such motive. Addressing a rally after his Taj visit, he said, ‘only those people are raising questions over my Agra visit who have divided the society on the basis of castes.’Apart from the visit, the Cheif Minister also announced projects worth Rs 235 crore for Agra city.Talking about Taj Mahal, CM Yogi said that, “When, why and how Taj Mahal was built must not be our concern. It was built by the blood and sweat of the Indian workers and the monument is brilliant example of architecture.”He said that the collective responsibility of protecting Taj lies with ‘us’. He also said, ‘the onus of its security and preservation lies on our shoulders.’CM Yogi started his trip by inaugurating a cleanathon in Agra. Donning a mask, wearing yellow gloves and wielding a broom, Adityanath was accompanied by about 500 BJP members, including MLAs from western Uttar Pradesh, as he swept a parking area, in an apparent bid to promote the Swachh Bharat mission.Later, he took to tour around the monument and got pictures clicked with tourists visiting Taj Mahal.

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal assigns officials to evaluate ‘quality’ education in state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has stressed the need for quality education as it helps a person to become able, skilled and makes a society strong.Sonowal said education is the guiding force for a society and as such the state government has introduced ‘Gunotsav’ for quality education by which public representatives and government officers have been involved to evaluate quality education.”Education is a means by which people below the poverty line can achieve success by acquiring necessary skills and the Assam government is committed to provide quality education to all”, he said at a function organised to provide scholarship to 100 students belonging to tea garden and other areas at Dibrugarh last evening.Sonowal said 60,000 schools in the state have shown their inclination to ensure qualitative education.Sonowal urged the teaching fraternity to help in moulding the behaviour of students towards cleanliness to ensure the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.He said if students are disciplined, punctual, dedicated and obedient, they can contribute to the formation of a good society.The chief minister said all educational institutions should take the initiative in reforming society and the teaching fraternity should play a lead role in this direction.

61% respondents praise PM Modi’s Swacch Bharat Campaign on his app

Updated: Oct 14, 2017, 04:27 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Participants in a survey on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s app have given high ratings to the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign, a statement said on Saturday.As many as 61% of respondents termed the government’s efforts to make the country clean as excellent while 20% termed it good and 11% average.”94% of people expressed optimism and said Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India can be achieved,” it said.”79% respondents said they have witnessed behavioural change in people’s attitude in the last three years regarding cleanliness. 90% said they now make conscious efforts to maintain cleanliness,” it said.The statement did not say how many people participated in the survey called ‘Swachhata Samvad’ (dialogue on cleanliness).

Demonetization resulted in decline in terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir: Arun Jaitley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The demonetization has resulted in a sharp reduction in insurgent and terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir where stone throwers were no longer active in the last 8-10 months, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.He made the remarks while refuting the impression that transformational initiatives like ‘Swachh Bharat’, GST and demonetization have not resulted in any changes on the ground. The finance minister said following the demonetization, there has been sharp reduction in insurgent and terror activities in states like Jammu & Kashmir and Chhattisgarh.The terror funding itself has gotten squeezed, Jaitley said in a keynote address via video conference – to the Berkeley India Conference yesterday ahead of his visit to the US to interact with the corporate world and attend the annual meeting of IMF and World Bank in Washington DC. “You are having terrorist incidents (now), but the fact that you were finding 5,000-10,000 stone throwers being provided with money by the terrorist organisations, why is it that in the last 8-10 months it has not happened?” he asked.In a surprise announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November last year announced scrapping of old notes of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, in a bid to clamp down on black money, fake currency menace, terror funding and corruption.

Corrupt will be dealt with iron hand, I’ve no relatives: PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday underlined his resolve to fight corruption and warned everybody across party lines in clear tone that “the corrupt will be dealt with strict action, without any favour”.”My battle against corruption is uncompromising. Anyone caught indulging in corruption will not be spared. I have no relatives (to benefit),” the PM said.He told the BJP lawmakers to rise above the conventional politics and use the power they have got to transform democracy by actively getting involved in schemes of public participation such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.The PM was addressing over 200 BJP delegates, that included 13 chief ministers, six deputy chief ministers, more than 60 union ministers, 232 states’ ministers, 1,515 MLAs/MLCs and 334 MPs, besides party’s functionaries.The national executive began with party chief Amit Shah’s inaugural address in which he coined the ‘Salkalp to Siddhi’ (oath to fulfilment) phrase and told the delegates to tread the path of purity to take the party forward to ensure a much bigger win in 2019 elections.Sharing the key points of PM’s speech at BJP’s extended national executive, held at Delhi’s Talkatora Indoor Stadium, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “The main point of PM Modi’s speech was that we should make the BJP an instrument of mass participation to improve people’s quality of life.””The PM said democracy must be seen beyond elections. The conventional politics like winning elections will keep continuing, but the faith re-posited in us by the people is a means to take democracy forward,” said Jaitley.Pointing out that harsh words are being used against him and the party by the opposition, the Prime Minister emphasised that harsh language cannot be a substitute for any substantive charge against the government.He asked the BJP lawmakers to refrain from using power as a means of enjoyment like the Opposition when it was in power, but use it for serving people.The PM outlined the idea of a ‘New India’ where “all schemes will be taken to the public,” and “party workers would act as a bridge between the BJP and the people.”He told the lawmakers to be in constant touch with the people in their respective constituencies and see and solve he difficulties they are facing.Emphasising how Swacchta Abhiyan has transformed people’s lives, the PM gave example of Varanasi in UP where toilets have been named Izzat Ghar. He asked the delegates to use the new and easy idiom to establish a rapport with the people.

Siachen: Indian Army takes Swachch Bharat mission to world’s highest battlefield

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda of Swachh Bharat, the Indian army carried out the cleanliness drive at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world.Siachen is a place where everything is ferried from the hinterland. It is a logistics challenge to move all types of waste out of the glacier so that these do not become environmental hazard.Army continues to take steps to ensure hygiene at the highest battle field, the Defence Ministry said.”The prime motive of the drive is to maintain ecological balance of Siachen glacier. Since the launch of the campaign in October 2014, Siachen troops have removed and sent back more than 63 tonnes of garbage to the base,” the Ministry added. A huge amount of garbage has been brought back through man-pack loads, porters, ponies and sometimes returning helicopters. These loads of garbage include packing material, barrels and perishables.The garbage are buried in deep trenches dug mechanically in areas on arrival of the trash to disposal areas, which are not on run of the rivers and where landmass is not fragile.

Cleanliness and tree planting drives mark PM’s birthday in Capital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Observing the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, volunteers from the group ‘We Mean to Clean’ planted 600 trees in the national Capital on Sunday. The group was a part of several cleanliness volunteers and NGOs, who enthusiastically dedicated themselves to ‘shramdaan’ (effort donation) towards cleanliness initiatives. The day was observed as ‘Seva Divas’.The ‘We Mean to Clean’ group had earlier transformed a slum in Kirti Nagar.During a recent ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed to the nation to dedicate the last few weeks of September towards Swachhata hi seva (cleanliness is service), an initiative to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.Swachhata hi seva is fast becoming a massive people-run movement, with many grassroots organisations featuring in the overall Swachh Bharat programme.Meanwhile, on September 15, 2017, President Ram Nath Kovind launched the Swachhata hi seva movement in Uttar Pradesh, from a village in Kanpur. Also, while Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu was seen administering the pledges to citizens, Governor of Rajasthan, Kalyan Singh, was seen picking up the broom himself to clean his office.Citizens were also seen cleaning the Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in Delhi on Sunday. On social media as well, #SwachhataHiSeva was one of the top trends for the day.

Prez claims 6.5 cr suffer from mental disorder due to open defecation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Underlining the need to carry forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, President Ram Nath Kovind said over 6.5 crore people in the country are suffering from mental disorders due to unhygienic conditions.Launching nationwide ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ campaign on the third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission in Ishwariganj village in Kanpur on Friday, the President said, “It was the not the responsibility of the government alone, but evefry citizen of the country will have to come forward to make the Swachhta movement successful.”Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, Kovind recalled when Gandhiji had said that the country cannot remain clean till every citizen takes up broom and bucket in hand. Calling bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan a ‘Rashtra Nirmata’, he said that Bachchan has been making significant contribution by doing advertisements on Swachhta Mission without charging a penny.Giving an example of Ishwariganj village which was declared open-defecation free (ODF) in 2016, Kovind urged the people of the country to follow its step in keeping India clean.Lauding daughters for turning down marriage proposals from those who do not toilets, he pointed that elders in village remain tense till their women and girls return home safely after defecating in open.He also felicitated Ishwariganj village pradhan Akash Verma, village development officer Rakesh Jha, sanitary worker Vinod Singh, ODF awareness team members Ra Rani, Ram Bali, Puja Gautam and Babli Gautam.Speaking on the occasion, Governor Ram Naik said people in the state should prefer constructing toilets in their homes over constructing ‘devalaya’. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed about having 10 lakh toilets constructed in the state during his government’s rule.”We have constructed 15,000 toilets per day in the last six months, and we target to construct 78 lakh toilets by December 31, 2017 to make Uttar Pradesh open-defecation free by October 2018,” Adityanath said.AcknowledgementPresident Ram Nath Kovind felicitated several officers of Ishwariganj village in Kanpur for achieving open defecation free status.

India’s borders are fully secure:Nirmala Sitharaman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The borders of the country were “fully secure” and the armed forces were capable of dealing with all kinds of situations, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said here today, while assuring the citizens that the NDA government guaranteed their security.Commenting on repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, she said the armed forces were fully alert and prepared to deal with “any situation” and added that action would be taken. Sitharaman was speaking at an event organised by the Cantonment Board here at the Banaras Hindu University’s (BHU) Swatantrata Bhawan. On the occasion, she gave open defecation-free (ODF) certificates to 10 cantonments of the Central Command of the Indian Army, including Lucknow, Bareilly, Jabalpur, Danapur, Dehradun, Meerut, Ranikhet and Varanasi.The defence minister urged the people to support the Centre’s cleanliness mission, adding that after Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken forward the initiative to encourage the citizens to keep their surroundings clean. She appealed to the people to ensure cleanliness at the places of tourist attraction and said her ministry would carry out a special cleanliness drive from September 15 to October 2 across the country.Sitharaman said to support the Swachh Bharat mission, the defence ministry had recently sanctioned Rs 50 crore to the cantonment boards, which would be spent on recycling waste and other cleanliness measures.

India has made clear it won’t get cowed down: RSS chief Bhagwat on Doklam stand-off

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India has made clear that it will not be cowed down on security and defence matters, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday as he credited the Modi government for enhancing the country’s global standing.Bhagwat’s comments come in the backdrop of India and China mutually resolving the recent Doklam stand-off. “It has been demonstrated clearly that the nation is no longer ready to be cowed down in matters relating to defence and security,” the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) chief said. The RSS ‘Sarsanghchalak’ was addressing an event organised in the memory of Lal Bahadur Shastri at a college named after the late Prime Minister in Manda, about 65 kms from here.Bhagwat also lauded the Modi government’s ‘Swachh Bharat’ initiative and “India’s higher international standing”. The policies of our government have led to India’s higher international standing, he said. People all over the world have started looking up to us, he added. Referring to the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, Bhagwat compared Modi’s ability to mobilise public support with that of Shastri during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. “We have seen what an inspiring leadership can achieve.In the past, the entire nation had taken to observing a fast on Mondays. Today, once again, the entire nation is making efforts to make the country clean,” Bhagwat said. Besides the RSS chief, others present on the occasion were Shastri’s maternal grandson and Uttar Pradesh health minister Siddharth Nath Singh, the late prime minister’s sons Anil Shastri and Sunil Shastri, who are respectively with the Congress and the BJP, and former city Congress chief and Mayor Chaudhary Jitendra Nath Singh

Soon, B-ward’s caller tune to spread cleanliness word

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The next time you dial the civic authorities of B-ward do not be surprised if you hear a catchy caller tune. The B-ward office, which covers areas like Masjid Bunder, Pydhonie, and Dongri, has come up with an innovative way to promote awareness about cleanliness.The B-ward Assistant Municipal Commissioner plans to release a caller tune in a few months time. “When a citizen calls, they can hear the jingle which will be based on nursery rhymes. The lyrics will convey the ‘Swachh Mumbai’ and ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ message. This is an innovative concept for people to remember the message that we are aiming to spread through the caller tune. This will help us spread the message but with a twist,” said Assistant Municipal Commissioner, Udaykumar Shirurkar.Shirurkar added that the lyrics will be changed according to the social message they want to highlight. He said, “The waste segregation, efforts of workers cleaning the streets will be highlighted. We will also make videos and circulate them to let residents know about the work being done.”The civic body plans to launch the pilot campaign in B-ward initially. “We are presently working on the initiative. It will be out in a few weeks,” added Shirurkar.Earlier, authorities had also released five songs which spread the message about cleanliness drives and how to segregate different kinds of waste. The songs were distributed to Ganpati pandals across the city on CDs and pen drives to play during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

PM: Violence in name of faith not acceptable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned on Sunday that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, and assured the people of the country that the guilty will be unquestionably punished, no matter who they are.The strong message came after 38 people were killed in Haryana in widespread violence, arson and police firing, as Dera Sacha Sauda head Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s followers ran riot to protest his conviction on rape charges on Friday.”I want to assure my countrymen that neither this country nor any government will tolerate those — whether a person or a group — who take the law into their own hands and are on the path of violent suppression,” the PM said in his radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’. His message also came a day before the self-styled godman’s sentencing on Monday, amid fresh fears of large-scale disturbance.”Each and every person will have to bow to the law; the law will fix accountability and the guilty will be unquestionably punished,” he said, without directly mentioning Friday’s violence in the BJP-ruled state that had also spread to Punjab, Rajasthan, besides Delhi and NCR.”In my address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I had said that violence in the name of faith will not be tolerated, whether it is communal belief systems, whether it is subscribing to political ideologies, whether it is allegiance to a person or customs and traditions. No one has the right to take the law into one’s own hands in the name of one’s beliefs,” the PM said in the 35th edition of his monthly address to the nation.Hundreds of people had also been wounded, and there was large-scale destruction of property in the violence as thousands of Dera followers went on the rampage in Panchkula, immediately after the controversial cult chief was held guilty of raping two of his women followers in 2002.”When on the one hand, a sense of festivity pervades the land, and on the other, news of violence comes in, from one part of the country, it is only natural of be concerned. Ours is the country of Buddha and Gandhi, it is the land of Sardar Patel who gave up his all for the unity of the nation.””For centuries, our forefathers have imbibed community values, non-violence, mutual respect — these are inherent to us. We have been hearing and saying Ahimsa Parmo Dharmah from our childhood,” he said.”In the Constitution given to us by Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar there is every provision for ensuring justice for each and every person,” the PM said.He also spoke about several of his government’s schemes, including the Swachh Bharat initiative and social inclusion programmes.

Take speedy decisions, PM to bureaucracy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked all wings of the government to work in a synchronised manner and pressed the bureaucracy to take speedy decisions, promising that honest decision-making with good intention would always be encouraged. Good governance should be a priority for the officers, he said during an interaction with a group of over 70 Additional Secretaries and Joint Secretaries in the central government, according to a PMO statement. Modi asked the officers to focus attention on the 100 most backward districts of India, so that they can be brought up to the national average level, on various development parameters. The prime minister said the combination of development and good governance is essential for the welfare and satisfaction of citizens, the statement said about the interaction that took place last evening. He emphasised the need for all wings of the government to work in harmony and synchronisation to achieve the best possible results, it added. Underlining the importance of breaking silos, he pressed for efficient internal communication between various departments of the government. Modi said all officers must keep the poor and the ordinary citizens in their minds while taking decisions, the PMO said. The prime minister said this was a unique opportunity for the officers to deliver their utmost for the benefit of the nation. He underlined the necessity of speed and efficiency in decision-making and said that honest decision-making with good intention would always be encouraged by the union government, the statement said. During the interaction, officers shared their experiences on subjects such as a digital and smart governance, administrative procedures and accountability, transparency, doubling of farmers’ income, skill development, Swachh Bharat, consumer rights, environment protection, and building of New India by 2022, the PMO said. The prime minister said the world is looking towards India with positive expectations. He said the entire world feels that a successful India is vital for a global balance. There is also a strong undercurrent for excellence from the common citizens of India, he said, adding that youth from humble backgrounds, with very limited resources are achieving best positions in competitive exams and sports. He asked the officers to work to promote this spontaneous upsurge of talent, recalling the spirit and energy that they themselves would have possessed in the first three years of their service.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gandhiji made Indians soldiers for freedom; you are my soldiers for development: PM Modi tells CEOs

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six groups of young CEOs made presentations before Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday on themes such as Make in India; Doubling Farmers’ Income; World Class Infrastructure; Cities of Tomorrow; Reforming the Financial Sector; and New India by 2022. This was part of the Champions of Change conclave where the PM interacted with young CEOs, which was organised by NITI Ayog.Appreciating the new ideas and innovations envisaged in the presentations made by the CEOs, PM Modi thanked them for the valuable inputs and time devoted to ideation for the benefit of the country.He said the key decision making team of the Government has listened carefully to the presentations, and will surely benefit in their policy-making, from the 360 degree view of issues that have been presented.While interacting them, PM Modi said people’s participation is an important element of governance. Similarly, he said, this attempt at CEOs partnership with Government is aimed at enhancing their participation towards welfare of the people, and the nation.Recalling India’s freedom struggle, he said Mahatma Gandhi made all Indians, soldiers for freedom, even as they continued to do their own work. Hence, he helped the freedom struggle become a mass movement.The Prime Minister said that today, development too, must become a mass movement. He said that a spirit should be created, whereby we all set targets for our contribution to India, by 2022. “You are my team, and we need to work together to take India forward,” the Prime Minister told the CEOs.Giving the example of value addition in agriculture, the Prime Minister said a multi-pronged approach is essential for achieving desired objectives such as doubling of agriculture incomes. Emphasizing the importance of food processing, the Prime Minister said lack of infrastructure is leading to huge losses in the agriculture sector.The Prime Minister said the Union Government has taken a number of decisions that have brought about fundamental transformation. He gave the illustration of decisions taken for urea availability and production – such as gas price pooling; remuneration for excess production etc. This led to additional production of 20 lakh tonnes of urea. He said Neem-coating of urea ended its large scale diversion.He said that the Government wants to move towards making India a less-cash society. He asked CEOs to partner with Government to build momentum in this regard.Similarly, he said that on occasions such as festivals, Khadi could be promoted through gifting etc – and this would greatly help the poor. He said an atmosphere must be created to take the poor along in every sphere of life.The Prime Minister gave the example of Government e-Marketplace (GeM) to show how small traders are competing successfully in provision of supplies to the Government. He said 1000 crore rupees have been transacted through GeM so far and 28,000 suppliers have contributed to this platform.The Prime Minister said Indians must take pride in their own country. He said each one should develop a temperament to promote tourist destinations within India, spontaneously among their contacts.Giving the example of “waste to wealth” entrepreneurs, the Prime Minister said that this can help achieve the objectives of Swachh Bharat and clean environment. He said the aim of entrepreneurs and business should be to provide products which solve simple problems faced by people in the country.Several Union Ministers and senior Government officials were present on the occasion.  

Kovind for people-govt partnership for India’s growth with

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind today pitched for a partnership between citizens and the government to create a New India by 2022 that is a “compassionate society” and includes the “humanist component integral to the nation’s DNA”. In his maiden address to the Nation on the eve of 71st Independence Day, Kovind remembered the role of leaders of Independence struggle including Jawaharlal Nehru. He said the generation that brought us to freedom was diverse which included men and women from all parts of the country and a variety of “political and social thought”. Asking people to draw inspiration from freedom fighters, Kovind said there was a need to invoke the same spirit today for nation building. “The stress on the moral basis of policy and action, belief in unity and discipline, faith in a synthesis of heritage and science, and promotion of the rule of law and of education all of it is located in a partnership between citizen and government,” he said. Kovind said that is how India has been built–by a partnership between citizen and government, between individual and society, between a family and the wider community. “Today, in big cities we may not even know our neighbours. Whether in cities or villages, it is important to renew that sense of caring and sharing. This will make us a gentler and happier society and help us understand each other with greater empathy,” he said. Kovind said this spirit of empathy and of social service and volunteerism is very much alive in India. “There are so many people and organisations that work quietly and diligently for the poor and the disadvantaged. We should also work with unity and purpose to ensure that the benefits of government policies reach all sections of society,” he said. He said partnership between citizens with government remains crucial to the success of several flagship announcements of the Narendra Modi government like voluntarily giving up LPG subsidy, demonetisation, introduction of GST besides schemes like ‘beti bacaho beti padhao’, ‘Swachh Bharat’ among others. “I am happy that the transition to the GST system has been smooth. It should be a matter of pride for all of us that the taxes we pay are used for nation building–to help the poor and the marginalised, to build rural and urban infrastructure, and to strengthen our border defences,” he said. The President said in the year 2022, the country will complete 75 years of Independence and “it is our national resolve to attain certain desired milestones for a New India by then”. He said a New India means some obvious parameters like a house for every family, power on demand, better roads and telecom, a modern railway network, rapid and sustained growth. “And yet there is more. New India must include that integral humanist component that is in our DNA, and which has defined our country and our civilisation. New India must be a society rushing towards the future, but also a compassionate society,” Kovind said. He said it is only with all this that we will build the New India we can cherish where every Indian is equipped to fulfil his or her potential and do so in a manner that leaves each one of us content and happy. “I am confident that a strong partnership between citizens and the government will allow us to meet the goals of New India,” he said. Kovind lauded “immense patience and understanding” of the citizens in the days following demonetisation and “whole- hearted support” in the battle against corruption and black money. He said it reflected a responsible and enlightened society. “Demonetisation has boosted our efforts to build an honest society. We must sustain this spirit and this momentum,” he said. Appreciating the families which gave away LPG subsidy, Kovind said, “Each of us must find a way to give back to society. Each of us must choose one thing we can do to help another, less fortunate Indian”. The single most critical factor for building our nation is to equip our coming generation. We need to ensure that not one child is left behind. As such I would urge you, as fellow nation builders, to help educate underprivileged children in our society, he said. The President urged people to help at least one child other than their own get educated by enrolling in school, paying their fees and buying them books.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New generation of samajwadis should fulfil Gandhi’s dream of

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is the responsibility of the new generation of samajwadis to fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of ‘suraaj’ (good governance), Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said today. Speaking on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, he emphasised on the need to preserve the values of freedom. “On August 9, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi gave the clarion call of ‘Quit India’ and samajwadis took part in the movement with great enthusiasm. It is the responsibility of the new generation of samajwadis to fulfil the dream of ‘suraaj’ (good governance), which Mahatma Gandhi had dreamt of. It is our duty to preserve the values of freedom,” the SP chief said here. The SP is observing the day as “Desh bachao, Desh banao” diwas. Akhilesh also hit out at the BJP government for its slew of ‘anti-people’ measures. “The BJP government has cheated the farmers. The crop loan waiver and doubling their income have remained a promise. Both, the poor and the farmers are in trouble,” a party statement quoted the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh as saying. He also criticised the Centre’s GST and demonetisation steps. “Public is facing trouble due to price rise while youngsters are worried because of unemployment. The slogan of Swachh Bharat (Clean India) will be realised only when politics will be cleansed,” the SP leader said. “There is deterioration in law and order situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The education and health sector is also going down. Women are feeling insecure and there is fear among minorities,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Over 62 pc households in rural India have access to toilets:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 62 per cent households in rural India have access to toilets while their usage stands at 91 per cent, till June, according to a survey. To evaluate the progress made under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), the Quality Council of India (QCI) on the directions of the Union Rural Development Ministry conducted a national third-party verification survey of the mission. “It was conducted during May-June this year. As per its findings, the overall access to toilets was 62.45 per cent in rural households and 91.29 per cent of them were using it, till June this year,” Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters here. Whereas, as per official data the overall access to toilets was 63.73 per cent, “so the findings of the QCI are near to our data, which testifies the progress made under the clean India mission,” he said. The minister said the government was confident that it would achieve its target of making the entire country open defecation free (ODF) by October 2, 2019. According to the survey, 89 per cent households in rural areas across the country had no litter around their premises while 93 per cent households had no stagnant waste. QCI conducted survey in 1.4 lakh households in 4,626 villages across the country. The surveyors also visited 4,289 anganwadis and 1,670 public health centres. According to the survey, 65 per cent of anganwadis and 76 per cent of public health centres (PHC) have access to toilet. The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014 with the goal of achieving ODF and clean India by October 2, 2019.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ONGC gives Rs 6.78 cr for clean Tirumala initiative to TTD

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>ONGC today handed over Rs 6.78 crore for “clean Tirumala” initiative under Swachh Bharat Mission to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, which governs the famous temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala near here. This was the first instalment of Rs 13 crore offered by the central public enterprise to the temple as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Director for Human Resources D D Mishra handed over a cheque for Rs 6,78,25,800 towards the initiative to Tirumala Tirupati Devasthnam (TTD) Executive Officer Anil Kumar Singhal here. Speaking on this occasion, Singhal said the temple attracted over 2.5 crore devotees annually. ONGC would release the second instalment amount to the temple soon, Mishra said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Students effective ambassadors of `swachh bharat abhiyan`:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today said students and youth are effective ambassadors and torch bearers of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. She was visiting Nonakuppam village in neighbouring Ariyankuppam commune panchayat limits on her bicycle accompanied by a number of students of a private higher secondary school. She said government would lose no time in responding to the grievances of people, adding, students and youths could be mobilised as “effective ambassadors and torch bearers of the cleanliness movement.” After seeing the plight of the backwaters in the village polluted by discharge of sewage and dumping of solid waste, Bedi asked officials of PWD and the commune Panchayat to evolve an action plan to protect the backwaters.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SDMC to penalise people who defecate in the open

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to prevent open defecation, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has asked its health and sanitation officials to catch and fine violators with Rs 50 on the spot.The move is in accordance with Supreme Court’s order (in 2000) to recover charges from persons affecting sanitation and public health. “The corporation has been making all efforts to prevent open defecation but still a lot of people defecate in open spaces. This time we are going to take strong action against the violators,” a senior SDMC official said. He added that the corporation will rope in several NGOs to create awareness among people.Earlier on Wednesday, the Union Ministry of Urban Development, in collaboration of the SDMC, launched Swachh Shauchalaya Campaign in a bid to create awareness among people. The main objective of the campaign is to generate a sense of responsibility among common people in order to ensure that public toilets are treated similar to how one would treat one’s toilets at homes — clean and well-maintained. It was launched by cricketer Suresh Raina who is one of the Brand Ambassadors of Swachh Bharat Mission.Also, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has declared 90 wards open defecation free during the campaign launch. “We are planning to construct nine community toilet complexes in our remaining 14 wards including Bawana and Narela,” a senior NDMC official said.

Swacch Shauchalay campaign for clean India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a part of the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) Mission, Union Ministry of Urban Development in collaboration with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) launched the Swachh Shauchalay campaign on Wednesday, at Gyan Bharati Public School, Saket. One of the brand ambassadors of Swachh Bharat Mission, Suresh Raina, SDMC Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat, Delhi Pradesh BJP President and MP, Manoj Tiwari, and various other senior officials were present. Speaking on the occasion, Suresh Raina said, “We all must realise that maintenance of public toilet is of paramount importance like maintenance of our own toilets at home. Children are generally considered as agents of change; I am sure that they will convey the message to society. We all belong to a family, where we give importance to every minute things. Then we should also care about the cleanliness and hygiene of public toilets.” The campaign aims to change citizens, specifically public toilet users’ behaviour towards proper usage of public toilets. The main objective of the campaign is to generate a sense of responsibility among common people in order to ensure that public toilets are treated similar to how one would treat one’s toilets at homes — clean and well-maintained. Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat shared, “The campaign will definitely bring positive results as it has been kicked off by a well-known cricketer. Cricket is the most followed sport in India and therefore has wide outreach. So, it was decided to approach Raina to feature in the campaign.” There was an open questionnaire session for students with Raina. While interacting with students Raina further said, “It’s a team effort. I change Gracia’s diapers and I have started dumping them in dustbin. The initiative will spread from this school to district and finally in the whole country. The beginning may be with the change in our routine of cleanliness.”

NDMC declares 90 wards open defecation-free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As part of the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM), the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) plans to make the areas under its jurisdiction ‘Open Defecation Free’ by year-end. Last year, the civic bodies had faced flak from several quarters for not utilising funds under the Mission. The north civic body, on Wednesday, declared 90 wards open defecation-free. Earlier this year, the south corporation had also declared 94 wards in its areas open defecation-free. Under the Mission, the civic agencies have to build toilet complexes and urinals around slum-clusters, villages, unauthorised colonies, and in public places.The north civic body has now proposed to build nine community toilet complexes, with 180 seats, in outer Delhi’s Sawda-Ghevra, Bawana, and Narela areas by December, 2017. In all, the corporation aims to build a total of 2,241 toilet seats by December 31. “The work has already been initiated and is expected to be completed by October, 2017. The Corporation has tied up with other agencies, such as the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), to construct the facilities near slum clusters,” north corporation Mayor Preety Agarwal said.Municipal Commissioner Praveen Gupta further said that work on providing additional facility of 302 toilet seats is underway, of which 112 seats are meant for women only. Besides, 135 toilet seats in 27 toilet complexes are being readied, which will be thrown open by September 30.“As many as 11 toilet complexes with 55 seats are likely to be completed by October 31. Besides, 20 mobile toilets with 200 seats are being procured on an immediate basis,” Gupta said. The north corporation has a facility of 499 Community Toilet Complexes (CTC), 1,163 urinals, and 41 toilets exclusively for women. Besides, 318 waterless urinals, which are currently under repair, are being made operational.The three BJP-led municipal corporations had received a Central fund of Rs 120 crore in 2015, under the SBM, to build toilet blocks, besides other sanitation works in the national Capital.Swachh Bharat Mission rulesAccording to the SBM guidelines, there must be a toilet complex available at a distance of every kilometre. According to a report, the north corporation, which has over 800 toilet blocks under it, has built 50 women toilet seats over the last year, which became functional a few months ago. The east corporation, which has 400 toilet blocks under it, has built 70 new blocks as part of the Mission.

Now, find toilets in Lutyens’ Delhi on Google maps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Over 300 public toilets in the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area can now be located on Google Maps. The civic body has launched a toilet locator awareness campaign, under which community toilets besides those located at petrol pumps, railway stations and bus stands are being added to the database.In a bid to curb open defecation under the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the NDMC started the Google Toilet Locator Awareness Campaign in Lutyens’ Delhi on Wednesday. The month-long campaign will conclude on August 11.Last year, the civic body had geo-tagged toilets on Google maps, including the municipal toilets and those located at malls, railway stations, petrol pumps, and other public places. Also, the Council has uploaded 331 Public Toilets Unit (PTUs) on the NDMC 311 Application as well as the Google maps.The campaign, under the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), was launched from the civic body’s Smart Toilet Block at Rafi Marg. “As part of the campaign, we have to undertake the exercise of locating the community and public toilets, which include municipal toilets and those at the public places. We hope to encourage people to use toilets rather than defecate in the open,” Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Director Praveen Prakash said.The campaign had already been commissioned as a pilot project last year, and now more than 5,000 toilets across the five cities of NCR — Delhi, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Noida — along with Indore and Bhopal have been geo-tagged on Google maps.The NDMC officials said surprise gifts will be given to users who give their feedback and suggestions on the campaign on the civic body’s 311 app. Also, a white paper and Action Taken Report (ATR) would be published regarding the campaign between August 15 and 21, the officials said.”In the end, the cleanest toilet will be awarded. The NDMC public toilets have been mapped on Google so that any person visiting the New Delhi area can locate them easily,” NDMC Chairman Naresh Kumar said.Besides, the NDMC is also in the process of providing world class smart toilets having modern facilities, such as bank ATMs, water ATMs, rooftop solar panels, sanitary pad vending machines, dispensers, digital health clinic, and online user feedback tablet, Kumar added. As many as 109 such smart toilets are being constructed at present.NEED TO KNOWMore than 5,000 toilets across the five cities of NCR along with Indore and Bhopal have been geo-tagged on Google maps.

MLA protests Lieutenant Governor Bedi’s weekend visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi today faced a protest from a Congress MLA during her weekend visit to a residential colony in the Oulgarpet Assembly constituency here. A release from the LG’s office said Oulgarpet MLA M N R Balan staged a protest when Bedi arrived at the colony, where most of the residents are teachers. The release claimed that the MLA asked Bedi as to who had given her the permission to visit the colony. It also added that the conduct of the legislator was captured on video and a report, along with the video footage, was being sent to the Government of India. Bedi had expressed her dismay over the protests by the elected representatives in an open letter to them yesterday. The former IPS officer wanted to know why the elected representatives should get annoyed by her visits and also said in the letter that none of them had responded to her invitation to accompany her during the visits to the constituencies and villages to launch the Swachh Bharat campaign. The LG was accompanied by around 150 students and NCC volunteers during her visit, who took part in the cleaning of the colony. They also helped the Fire Service personnel remove a huge trunk of an uprooted tree. Later, Balan told reporters that he had not objected to the LG’s visit. “I had already taken steps to remove the uprooted tree after much struggle. The officials did not respond to my representations as quickly as they do during the LG’s visit,” he said. “Bedi can undertake a garbage-cleaning drive. However, she has only been projecting the work done by her team during her weekend visits on Twitter. Blacking out the role of the elected representatives in the Swachh Bharat mission is maligning their image,” he added. Balan also claimed that there was no prior information from the Raj Nivas regarding the constituencies the LG was scheduled to visit. “I got the information about her visit to the teachers’ colony today through an office-bearer of the residents’ welfare association,” he added. The LG was accompanied by Additional Director General of Police, Punjab, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh and her private secretary, R Sridharan, among others during the visit. There has been a sharp criticism, both inside and outside the Assembly for some weeks now, both by Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, other ministers and ruling party MLAs of Bedi’s weekend visits to launch the ‘Swachh Puducherry’ mission. The former IPS officer has been at loggerheads with the Congress government in the union territory on several issues, including the admission of students under the government quota to post-graduate medical courses in the deemed universities and private medical colleges here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

We generate Rs 91,000 cr, Centre gives us Rs 325 cr: Del govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government’s claim that it gets only Rs 325 crore from the Centre despite generating over Rs 91,000 crore in tax revenue today prompted the Delhi High Court to seek the Finance Ministry’s stand on the issue. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar asked central government standing counsel Sanjeev Narula to seek instructions on the issue before the next date of hearing of PILs on preventing the spread of vector-borne diseases like dengue in the national capital. When it was asked to bear the cost of a public awareness programme to be designed by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority on garbage disposal, the Delhi government said it was bearing all the expenses of paying the municipal corporations and other agencies, while receiving a paltry assistance from the Centre. It said that while its contribution to the Centre’s coffers has increased 10 fold since 2002, what it has been receiving in return since then was only Rs 325 crore. The Delhi government said that the high court in another matter had directed the Centre to implement the recommendations of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission, but it has not been done. This was submitted in response to the three municipal corporations’ claim that they were not getting sufficient funds from the Delhi government as it was not implementing the Fourth Finance Commission. The Delhi government, represented by advocate Sanjoy Ghose, also told the bench that under the Swachh Bharat scheme, the Centre has released Rs 104 crore to the MCDs. In addition to that, the Delhi government has released Rs 35 crore to the MCDs under the same scheme, he said and added that these funds were lying unutilised, due to which the Centre was not disbursing more money. When the court asked the three municipal corporations what they were doing with the money they have received, the MCDs said that under the scheme, they cannot use it till they generate nearly twice that amount on their own. The corporations said that under the scheme, for every Rs 100, 35 per cent comes from the Centre and Delhi government and the rest has to be generated by the MCDs. The court has sought to know the Centre’s stand on whether these unutilised funds under the Swachh Bharat scheme can be used by the corporations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haridwar-bride-refuses-to-visit-home @ 6/25/2017 6:22:07 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A newly married bride Monika refused to come to her husband?s house after marriage as they do not have toilet and also asserted that she won?t come to in-laws house until the toilet was built. Bride?s sister-in-law claimed that the family tried to build a toilet in the house but could not manage to do this. On April 17, a woman named Neha refused to tie the knot with a man in Kanpur after he failed to get a toilet built at his residence. After her decision, she said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s ?Clean India Mission? inspired her. Prime Minister Modi launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi. The drive is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, who championed the cleanliness. It is India’s largest ever cleanliness drive with 3 million government employees, and especially school and college students from all parts of India, participating in the campaign. The efforts are showing results now as awareness over health and sanitation is on increase even in rural areas.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana village dedicated to US president Donald Trump

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the US, a village in Mewat region of Haryana was today dedicated to President Donald Trump. Now onwards, the village will be known as ‘Trump Sulabh Village’. In a symbolic gesture to promote the Indo-US relations, Sulabh founder Bindeshwar Pathak formally launched various projects for the all-round development of Marora panchayat under Mewat region in Haryana, a release said. The Sulabh Sanitation and Reform Movement leader Pathak, during a programme in Washington a few days ago, had announced to name an Indian village after Trump, as part of his efforts to strengthen relation between the countries, it said. Sulabh, a non-governmental organisation, provides affordable sanitation and toilets to the masses to end the practice of manual scavenging. It also works across the country to support the ‘Swachh Bharat’ mission besides other urban development initiatives, the release said. Sulabh, which engages over 50,000 people, claims that so far it has constructed nearly 10.5 million household toilets and 8,500 public toilets used by nearly 15 million people daily across the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

People protest, demand justice in Zafar Khan case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of people marched in protest in Jaipur on Tuesday, demanding justice for political activist Zafar Khan, who was lynched to death in Pratapgarh on June 16. Zafar Khan, an activist of CPI (ML) in Pratapgarh, died after he was beaten by sanitation workers of the municipality in the presence of nagar parishad commissioner, Ashok Jain when he resisted their attempts to take photographs and videos of women from the Bagwasa Kachchi basti who were going to defecate in the open.The protest march started from CPI (ML) State Office at 35, Dhuleshwar Garden, C-Scheme and culminated at Shahid Smarak, where a protest meeting was organised in which various leaders of left parties and activists demanded immediate arrest of Nagarpalika Commissioner, Ashok Jain who allegedly instigated Nagarpalika Karamcharis to attack Zafar Khan.At the protest meeting CPI (ML) National General Secretary Comrade Dipanker Bhattacharya said that an activist was attacked just because he spoke up for the rights of slum dweller and on that fateful day was also fighting for upholding dignity of women. He said that this is very attack on democratic right of people to protest.In the meeting, activists also raised questions over the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.CPI (ML) State Secretary, Mahendra Choudhary challenged the officials to show how many toilets constructed as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are functional. He said there is a wide scale corruption in the construction of toilets which is reflected in their state.

For a clean Delhi, civic bodies take to radio channels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to connect residents of Delhi directly to their councillors and to motivate them to maintain cleanliness in their localities, the Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) have launched an outreach programme that follows the Central government’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.Titled Delhi Hum Sab Ka Ghar, the campaign includes radio spots and outdoor advertisements. The corporations have roped in three radio channels for the purpose — Radio City, Radio Mirchi, and Red FM.“The 60-day outreach programme has been divided into three parts. Each ward will get 20 days. During the course of the programme, 18-21 radio spots on cleanliness will be played on these stations daily,” North civic body PRO Yogendra Singh Mann said.Radio City will kick off the programme on Friday with its City ka Darbar on Friday. The residents of south Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar will get an opportunity to connect with their elected councillors and raise the issues of their localities.“During the campaign, radio jockeys of these stations will ask citizens about their problems and make a list of their queries. These will, in turn, be conveyed to the councillors of the respective localities,” Mann said.As part of their outdoor campaign, the corporations have come up with innovative ideas, including urging the citizens to be like Mr Swachh (cleanliness) Kumar, instead of being Kooda (garbage) or Thu Thu (spit) Kumar. Meanwhile, Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) across the city hailed the civic bodies’ efforts to bridge the communication gap between residents and their councillors. “It is a great initiative by the civic corporations. It will give councillors a reality check,” Sandeep Bali, President of the Mehrauli RWA, said.

3 years of Modi government: Have a meal with Dalits, says BJP top brass to party members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As part of the party’s Dalit outreach, BJP’s top brass has asked Union ministers and senior functionaries to have a meal at a Dalit household while visiting different states as part of the Modi government’s third anniversary celebrations.“While they (Union ministers and party leaders) will talk about the achievements of the government and also ensure that they enrol as many people as they can with the party,” a Union minister said.BJP functionaries as well as ministers have been given a set of instructions as the party celebrates its three year at the Centre.“They have been asked to pan out across the country, stay overnight in the northeast states, talk extensively about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, enroll members in the party and have at least one meal with a Dalit family,” the minister said.Culture and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma shared a meal with a Dalit family today at Nuapada during his visit to Odisha.He also registered 45 members of the household as BJP members.Earlier, Union Power minister Piyush Goyal followed the party’s diktat and paid a visit to a Dalit home at the Ambedkar Colony in Hongasandra, Bommanahalli of Karnataka, where he ate breakfast cooked by the lady of the house.The leader later gushed about the food and the family’s hospitality.Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa has also been seen having food with Dalit families since the last fortnight.The trend begin with the party chief Amit Shah visiting a Dalit family and sharing lunch with them in Telengana during his visit to the state between May 22-24.

Mini sewer jetting machines launched in Telangana to eliminate manual scavenging

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> As many as 70 mini sewer jetting machines were launched on the occasion of ?World Environment Day?. Each vehicle cost Rs. 26 lakh and the SBI gave a loan of Rs. 20 lakh and the entrepreneur has to invest Rs. six lakh to own the machine. The idea of these vehicles was developed by DICCI, an organisation which works for betterment of Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribes. Various Ministers from the Telangana Government participated in the event. As a part of Swachh Bharat to eliminate manual scavenging, bacteria free dresses and mini sewer jetting machines have been introduced for the first time in the county to the operators. This is mainly to eliminate manual scavenging from the system. “As we are living in a developing nation, manual scavenging should be abolished and safety for the labours should be taken care so we have launched these Mini Sewer Jetting Machines for the convince of labour and public,” the Municipal minister K. T. Rama Rao said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MCDs inaction has brought Swachh Bharat campaign to nought: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The municipal corporations have reduced the Swachh Bharat campaign to a “complete nought” by their “inaction and apathy” to clean up the city, the Delhi High Court today said while asking the municipal commissioners why contempt action be not initiated against them. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said the “blatant violation of statutory provisions and court orders” by the trifurcated municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) have set the objectives of the Swachh Bharat campaign to a complete nought. It termed as “shocking” that despite the concerns raised by the court, regarding solid waste collection and disposal, in the past and recently on May 31, the corporations “have not moved a single step”. Delhi, which once had the largest per capita forests, “has been consciously converted into an urban slum”, the court observed and said that as per the provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act, the “prime responsibility for the wilful and contumacious conduct (of the three MCDs) rests in the Commissioners”. It directed the commissioners to be present before it on the next date of hearing on June 21 and made it clear that no plea for exemption would be entertained. The court said it was passing the orders for the “cause of the city” as “Delhi has to live”. “Some urgency should have been shown,” the bench also said and added that it was “unfortunate” that even the law laid down by the Supreme Court in the past to provide a clean environment for the people “have fallen on deaf ears”. “They (corporations) are in complete breach of rights of the citizens under the Constitution apart from the provisions of the DMC Act, civil laws and Constitutional duties,” the court said. “Apart from the concerns of health, environment and right to life of the citizens of Delhi, we are also concerned over the wilful violation and disobedience of orders of the courts,” it added. The bench in its order further said that the material placed before it “reflects complete apathy and inability” of the MCDs to meet the requirements of the citizens. It said that the corporations’ inaction apart from being contumacious would also have a direct impact on health of the citizens, and an “irreversible effect” on the environment which in turn would raise concerns of global warming. The court noted that the corporations were “completely ignoring the right to a clean and healthy environment which is also an Article 21 right”. “Right to a clean environment cannot be compromised,” it said while issuing notice to the MCD Commissioners to show cause why contempt of court action be not taken against them. The court also directed that its orders and the news video reports be placed before the Prime Minister’s Office so that the Swachh Bharat campaign can be implemented in spirit in Delhi. The bench said the orders and video reports be also placed before the Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Delhi so that he can “ensure the needful is done” for collection and disposal of solid waste. It also came down the corporations for “ruthlessly and callously” permitting compounding and regularisation of unplanned and unauthorised colonies without first ensuring increase or improvement in civic amenities like larger and more number of sewage and water lines. It said that conversion of residential property for commercial activity as well as setting up of clinics and markets was being permitted without providing for more parking space or increasing the width of the roads. “Consciously and callously without any concern for the environment, rampant conversion for commercial use has been permitted,” it said. The bench said such conversion could have been considered or permitted if the infrastructure and civic amenities had been increased or improved. “Common sense illustrates that a colony or land meant for say a hundred residents cannot be expected to cope with or cater to thousands, ten thousands or lakhs of people,” it added. The court further said, “The film (news video) manifests that ruthlessly without increasing capacity of water or sewage lines or improving garbage collection and disposal capacity and without any additional parking, beautiful residential areas are being converted into tens or thousands of flats or units.” The bench said that existing garbage dumps or ‘dhalaos’ do not have the capacity or space to cope with the garbage generated and the rubbish therefore was flowing on to the roads. “Instead of essential services, roads are overflowing with garbage,” it said adding that due to the lack of increase in the infrastructure and amenities, the authorities are unable to meet the demands made of them. This has resulted in the causes which lead to breeding of mosquitoes never being addressed. Justice Shankar said he first heard the matter when he became a judge three weeks ago and on that date the corporations had assured they would be taking action on the ground to curb breeding of mosquitoes. However, “no fogging, nothing has been done on the ground till date” and only public awareness campaigns were being run, the judge said. He also said that “it is obvious that the officials will not act for the people, but they will act when their own skins are in danger”. The court also noted that not a single decision of disciplinary action has been taken by the corporations against any of their employees and nor has any citizen been penalised for violating municipal laws. As the news videos highlighted the lack of uniforms and proper equipment with the MCD workers for collection and removal of garbage, the court directed the corporations to take immediate steps to address the deficiency. It also observed that garbage collection trucks need to go to the colonies more often and that the authorities need to look into getting more land “to park the solid waste” generated by the city. When the Delhi government and the corporations’ lawyers said that there is a mobile app which would permit citizens to inform the authorities about areas needing cleaning up, the court said people cannot be expected to spend their money to ring them up to tell them to do their job. The bench said it was “shocking” that the authorities wanted the citizens to use a mobile app to make visible to them the garbage which is “overflowing” from ‘dhalaos’ and “stretching on the road-sides for miles”. The order came after a TV channel’s news video showed that garbage was not being collected and disposed of from several Delhi colonies for days on end. The video also showed that the silt from de-silting operations was accumulated on road-sides. The issue of lack of solid waste disposal was taken up by the court after it was told that it contributes to breeding of mosquitoes which cause vector borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya. The issue was highlighted during hearing of two PILs seeking directions to the authorities to take steps to prevent such diseases from occurring in Delhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

L-G directs civic bodies to make Delhi free of open-defecation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to make city clean under Swachh Bharat Mission, the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Monday directed municipal bodies to maintain cleanliness and proper sanitation in their respective areas and stressed to achieve open-defecation free status for the national capital. He further stressed that for the maintenance of parks, the resident welfare associations and community should be involved on a permanent basis. On the issue of redevelopment of markets, Baijal suggested that necessary amendments in the allotment conditions could be made for entrusting the operation and maintenance work to the market associations.He also emphasised that Gram Sabha Land could be developed for children’s park in the neighbourhood of settlements. He further directed that all municipal bodies must explore installing Water ATMs in their respective areas. He asked municipal bodies to ensure that there should not be encroachments on pavements and parks, besides advising them to improve their grievance redressal systems by deploying latest technological tools like various mobile application. Lastly, he also directed for making concerted efforts to make all municipal services available online as that would enhance speed, transparency and efficiency in service delivery besides checking corruption and undue discretion.The Lieutenant Governor issued direction during a meeting with the municipal corporations and Delhi Development Authority on Monday. The South Municipal Corporation commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel stated that they have already planned to buy 12 mechanical sweepers that should be inducted within two-three months. Further, he also stated that 285 additional public toilets will be constructed in current financial year. Regarding involvement of RWAs to monitor cleanliness at roads, public places and dhalaos, he said that was informed that social networking groups in association with RWAs and different Markets Associations have been created . Regarding development of parking lots and multi-level parking, he stated that a total of 93 sites have been identified. In respect of possibility of allotment of gram sabha land for parks it was apprised that 22 such gram sabha lands have been identified. Commissioner of North Delhi Municipal PK Gupta said that they are developing seven parking sites in four zones and regarding possibility of development of gram sabha land for children parks, the Narela Zone has identified two gram sabha lands in Mundka village. He also said that regarding action plan for installation of open gyms, 142 locations have been identified, while work is in progress at 69 locations.L-G’s directionsGram Sabha Land could be developed for children’s park in the neighbourhood of settlements All municipal bodies must explore installing Water ATMs in their respective areas There should not be encroachments on pavements and parks. All municipal services should be made available online

Erickshaw driver killing:Naidu demands action against culprits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today asked the Delhi Police chief to take stern action against those involved in beating to death an e rickshaw driver for stopping two persons from urinating in public. “Sad that an e rickshaw driver was beaten to death for stopping two people from urinating in public in Delhi. He was promoting Swachh Bharat,” the Union Urban Development Minister tweeted. He said he has spoken with Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and has asked him to take “strongest action possible” against the culprits. On Saturday, 32-year-old e-rickshaw driver Ravinder was beaten to death allegedly by a dozen men after he objected to a few of them urinating outside the GTB Nagar metro station.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Man stands up for ‘Swachh Bharat’, beaten to death in New Delhi; Centre seeks action

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An avid admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ravinder had never thought that one day, this will cost him his life. He was beaten to death on Saturday after he objected to some people urinating in the open.On the day of the incident at around 6.15pm, the e-rickshaw driver was waiting to pick commuters at the GTB Metro station, less than 3 km from the Delhi University (DU) campus. According to locals and other rickshaw pullers, 2-3 youths came to the area and started urinating near a gate number 4 of the station.Ravinder’s objection to their act sparked a heated argument. “Witnesses said when Ravinder urged the youths to maintain hygiene, one of them got angry. Ravinder then asked them use a toilet instead. This sparked a heated argument. When the group saw other rickshaw pullers, they decided to leave, but threatened Ravinder before leaving,” a senior police officer said.The youths then left, only to return an hour later, around 8pm, with 15-20 men on bikes and e-rickshaws. “Investigation revealed that the accused spotted Ravinder and started thrashing him. They dragged him, kicked him, and smashed his face, resulting in critical injuries. After realising that a large number of people have gathered on the spot, the assailants fled,” the officer said.The group allegedly thrashed Ravinder to death in full public view. Even after 24 hours of the incident, no one has been arrested, the police said. Police even suspect the involvement of DU students.Meanwhile, condemning the brutal murder of an e-rickshaw driver in the national capital, who was beaten to death for opposing public urination, Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday assured that he was personally looking into the matter and the culprits will not be spared.Taking to Twitter, Naidu said it was sad indeed that the driver lost his life while he was promoting Swachh Bharat. “Spoke to police commissioner & asked him to take strongest action possible against the culprits,” Naidu said.Vijender, elder brother of the deceased who also works at the same rickshaw stand and is the head of their Union, said the rickshaw-pullers told him that the assailants used rods and stones wrapped in towels to hit his younger brother. Ravinder had called him to inform about the incident. But by the time he reached the spot, the victim had fallen unconscious. He was rushed to the Bara Hindu Rao Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.Vijender alleged that two of the youths had been dropped at the spot by one of the rickshaw-pullers at the stand, and they had come from the Kirorimal College. The police, however, said they are yet to ascertain the assailants’ identity.Meanwhile, DCP (northwest) Milind Dumbere said the police were trying to identify the accused with the help of footage from CCTV cameras and that a number of police teams were also scanning the area for suspects.”The area where the incident took place is full of students living in PGs or rented flats. Their involvement is suspected and teams have been deployed accordingly. The victim’s body has been sent for post-mortem and a case of murder under Indian Penal Code (IPC) Section 302 has been registered,” he said.RISING INTOLERANCEMay, 2017: A Nepalese man was beaten to death by two persons after a brawl at a roadside eatery in central Delhi’s Daryaganj.
May, 2016: A 29-year-old man from Congo was battered to death by three intoxicated men, following an argument over hiring of an autorickshaw in south Delhi’s Kishangarh.April, 2016: A man was beaten to death and his wife was assaulted after his bike collided with a car in central Delhi’s Turkman Road.
October, 2015: A 30-year-old man was beaten to death by his own friends in Kanjhawla area of outer Delhi.
July, 2014: A 30-year-old man from Manipur was beaten to death by a group of five to six men in the south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpu. RAGING DELHICrimes related to sudden provocation: 12.60%
Enmity: 22.83%
Illicit relationship: 9.4%
Robbery, theft: 3.5%
Family dispute: 13.39%
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Massive waste management campaign to be launched in 4000

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive waste management campaign will be launched in 4000 cities across the country on June 5, the World Environment Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced today. Under the campaign, waste bins of blue and green colours would be distributed in these cities along with an awareness drive. “I have a firm belief that we will develop a culture and the new steps that we take towards achieving cleanliness will continue. Only then will we achieve the dream of Gandhiji, achieve the kind of cleanliness that he had dreamt of,” Modi said in his monthly radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’. He said the central government, in association with the state governments and municipal representatives, will launch a “massive and important campaign of waste management” in 4000 cities on the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5. “Two types of waste bins will be available — one of green colour and the other blue coloure…. If we follow discipline, then the waste bins that are going to be placed in these 4000 cities will collect dry garbage in blue waste bins and liquid garbage in green waste bins,” Modi said. He explained what kind of waste should be put in green colour bins and what in blue colour bins. The prime minister, who has been driving the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign for over two years, said that even if a single individual decides, a huge public campaign can be built. In this context, he referred to one such cleanliness drive on the Versova beach in Mumbai. “You must have heard that the Versova beach in Mumbai, which was infamous for its filth, has now transformed into a clean and beautiful beach. People toiled for about 80-90 weeks, extracting thousands of tonnes of waste and today Versova beach is clean and beautiful,” he said. Modi said this mission was started by one Afroz Shah in October 2015 and gradually people joined it. “For this outstanding work, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) awarded Champion of the Earth Award to Sh. Afroz Shah, and thus he has become the first Indian to achieve this distinction,” the prime minister said. In the context of cleanliness, the prime minister said Reasi block, a far-flung area of Jammu and Kashmir, has been declared as ‘open defecation free’ and hailed the people, particularly women, and administrators of the area for it.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Venkaiah Naidu to review progress of new urban missions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Urban Development and Housing Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will review progress of new urban missions launched during the last three years in Chhattisgarh, in a high level meeting in Raipur on Friday. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, concerned state ministers, senior officials from Central and state governments including national and state level mission directors will participate in the meeting. Five Urban Missions, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Smart City Mission, Swachh Bharat Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) and Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana-NULM in Chhattisgarh will be reviewed. In a new initiative to ensure timely implementation of projects under new urban missions, Naidu has undertaken such joint reviews with Chief Ministers in respective capital cities in 19 States. These reviews are aimed at ensuring timely execution and completion of projects within the mission period by 2019-20, except in case of PMAY (Urban) under which all the eligible beneficiaries are to be enabled to own a house by 2022. Ahead of Chhattisgarh review, Naidu has said that he was delighted over the useful reviews in 19 States as they proved to be beneficial for both the central and state governments in the implementation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Civic body to launch helpline No. for women’s safety and local issues

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP-ruled municipal corporation are following in the footsteps of the Prime Minister. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation plans to launch a helpline number for citizens to lodge their civic complaints as well as for women’s safety.The move, according to officials, has come from the BJP high command to make a mechanism for addressing civic issues after the corporations secured a dismal ranking in the recent Swachh Bharat Survey ranking.The helpline number will have a common control room. However, for each of the wards, calls will be directly connected to councillors. The mayor too will address grievances on select days.”We are preparing the set up for establishing the helpline. The initiative has been taken to address public grievances over civic issues. It was observed that complaints relating to garbage, drainage and stray animals top the civic woes, which remain unaddressed. The helpline is intended to cater to these issues,” said a senior North Corporation official.Once lodged, the complaints will be forwarded to the officers heading the concerned department.”A time-frame will be set for addressing the grievances, which in case, breached will hold the department head accountable for it. Calls relating to issues of women’s safety will be directly attended by the mayor’s office,” the official said.A helpline was earlier started for hearing to complaints regarding vector-borne diseases, but it received a lackluster response. “We were not able to advertise the earlier helpline much that’s why it did not pick up well. But we are going to majorly promote the new helpline, as it will also change the way the corporations function,” he said.Also, officials said, the corporation will make policies on the basis of the nature of complaints lodged.”The nature and frequency of complaints will be assessed, which will help us to make policies for the greater public convenience. We hope to launch the helpline in the coming months,” he said.The three municipal corporations of Delhi — South, North and East — featured much below on the Swachh Bharat list with their national ranking being 202, 279 and 196, respectively.After the Swachh Bharat survey showed a dismal ranking of Delhi civic bodies, the North Corporation also plan to seek RWAs help in keeping the city clean.

SDMC claims 92 wards ODF, mayor asks to make it 100 pc by Jun

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat today directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation to make the civic area open defecation-free by June 30, even as the SDMC claimed that 92 of its wards have achieved that goal. Sehrawat, who represents Dwarka-B ward, was elected unopposed to the post on May 19, and that day had said that sanitation would be her “first priority”. “The SDMC has been able to provide to all households in 92 wards, access to either a single toilet or community toilets within 500 m of their settlement, and has also ensured that all commercial areas in the wards have access to public toilets within a distance of 1 km. “Further all schools have certified that students enrolled there have access to toilets and are routinely using the facilities at schools and at homes,” the civic body said. In a statement today, the BJP-led municipal body, claimed that it had “fulfilled all prescribed parameters needed for declaration of a ward as ODF (open defecation-free) by a specific urban local body under the Swachh Bharat Mission.” The SDMC made public its preliminary resolution declaring its 92 of the 104 wards as ODF. “The corporation is all set to issue a public notice to invite feedback, suggestions, comments and objections from the residents of these 92 wards within 15 days of publication of the notice. “In case, no objection is lodged in response to the public notice, the SDMC will announce its final resolution for further transmission to the state government, which will certify the claim of the corporation through an appropriate third-party verification process before finally according the status of ODF to the (areas falling under) the SDMC,” Municipal Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel was quoted as saying in the statement. The residents can submit comments or objections through email ([email protected]) and telephone (no. 22235253), the civic body said. The mayor said the SDMC first identified a number of “open defecation hot spots” for ensuring sanitation access to all residents. Recently, it also brought in a policy, whereby women and children can access for free toilet facility in hotels, eateries and restaurants. Sanitation is a major governance issue in Delhi and the BJP, which has been ruling the MCD for the last 10 years, has faced criticism from residents and opposition parties for “lack of cleanliness” in the city. The Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress have continuously attacked the BJP-led corporations, alleging that the three civic bodies have turned the city into a “mound of garbage”. The civic bodies had faired poorly in the Swachh Bharat survey which was released recently by the Centre. In the ‘Swachh Bharat’ reckoning of 434 cities for 2016-17, areas falling under the three municipal corporations were ranked low — the EDMC (196), SDMC (202) and NDMC (279).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Modi gets ‘amazing’ gift made from waste by Bihar woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When Gita Devi parcelled a basket made by her from plastic waste as a gift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, little did the housewife from Samastipur in Bihar expect a reply from him. But the prime minister not only acknowledged the “amazing” gift but saw a “vast potential of small scale industry” in her craft and also an effective tool in his pet ‘Swachh Bharat’ project. Fifty-year-old Gita uses plastic waste like wrappers and polythene to make vases, baskets and similar items. Encouraged by her stepson Manoj Kumar Jha to gift a basket to Modi, she sent it to the prime minister’s office last month But to the extreme amazement and delight of the family, the prime minister replied to her today praising her effort. “I am very happy that Modi ji has replied to me,” she told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP’s South Delhi Municipal Corporation launches new website

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) launched its new official website offering all citizen-centric services online on Wednesday. The new portal — mcdonline.gov.in — was launched by Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari at the Civic Centre.Post the civic polls this was the first step that the BJP-ruled corporation has taken towards ‘complete digitalisation’ under the Prime Minister’s ‘Digital India’, a major promise in the party’s poll manifesto. Besides, digitalisation, Tiwari also raised two other poll promises of cleaning Delhi and increasing women’s safety by identifying ‘dark spots’ across the city.The new website with revamped features is intended to facilitate business between users and the civic body. While some of the services were already online, the long-proposed e-mutation service was launched today.”The new website is a step forward in fulfilling the objectives of Digital India. It is the corporations’ effort towards increasing ‘ease of doing business’, transparency and accountability in the civic body,” said Tiwari.He added that the e-mutation (change of name) will come as a big relief to property tax payers in the city. The Delhi BJP chief said that the service would help do away with long queues and cumbersome paper work in visiting the offices of the property tax department and getting the change done in their favour.”The new system of e-mutation has been introduced wherein the applications can be filed online with all supporting documents. Queries too can be put up online after which officers can get in touch with the taxpayer. The civic body will then issue the mutation certificate online itself,” said SDMC Commissioner Puneet Kumar Goel.A time period of 15 days has been fixed for issue of mutation certificate from the date of submission of the application.Besides, other facilities such as tehbazari fee payment, hawking fee payment, hackney-carriage registration and fee payment, have also been made online. With the introduction of the new method, the licensees can pay their licence fee and also generate receipts sitting at home. This will mean that people will not have to visit the MCD offices or the Citizen Service Bureaus to make these payments.Senior leaders including Subhash Arya — the outgoing Leader of the House — said that the Corporation has registered significant growth in property tax collection.”The total property tax collection during the financial year 2016-17 was Rs 901 crore which is 38 per cent more than Rs 650 crore made during 2015-16. This is also an effort to increase revenue generation,” said Arya.Tiwari stressed on the PM’s pet ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ asking all officers to gear up to remove garbage from all the 272 municipal wards in the city within three months from now. The Bhojpuri actor-turned politician also used the event to raise the issue of women’s safety.”The corporation must identify all dark spots under its jurisdiction and install LED lights on these stretches immediately,” he said.

Stop playing ‘petty politics’ over a letter: SAD to Sidhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) today hit back at Navjot Singh Sidhu after the Punjab minister released a letter to media and asked him to refrain from playing “petty politics” by “misleading” the people. “First read, understand and then act before talking about a centre’s letter,” SAD secretary Daljeet Singh Cheema said here. “Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu has written the letter (which was released by Sidhu to media) to the state government on April 20, 2017, requesting the chief minister to review the progress of various ongoing missions and sought his cooperation so that further instalments of funds could be released,” he said in a statement here. Even after a gap of one month, instead of fulfilling the shortcomings mentioned in the letter and getting funds released, the minister is resorting to cheap political gimmicks to blame the SAD leadership, he said. Cheema said that “Naidu has positively observed that projects are getting delayed due to non release of funds some times by state government and sometimes by the union government”. “Sidhu has misled the people by alleging that Rs 400 crore released by the centre has been embezzled by the previous government,” he said. In reality and as per the contents of the letter, it is clear that Ludhiana Smart City project is in the initial stage and only Rs 200 crore was received by the state government, he said. The then Punjab government had released Rs 32 crore, he said, adding that the union minister’s letter is clear about the formation of Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and appointment of project management consultants which was the basic necessity for release of funds. Earlier in the day, Sidhu had alleged that the letter from Naidu had mentioned that funds for three key missions– Smart City, AMRUT and Swachh Bharat for Punjab will only be released if the state government expedites their execution. The letter was released by Sidhu here today, claiming that it “vindicated” his stand on blaming former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son Sukhbir Singh Badal for the “diversion” of funds meant for the three key missions during previous SAD-BJP regime.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Swachh Bharat Mission provides opportunities for large number of social entrepreneurs- PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Swachh Bharat Mission provides opportunities for a large number of social entrepreneurs to emerge. He said that India has had a tradition where successive generations take family values forward and contribute to the family by adding their capacities and capabilities. Prime Minister Modi said this while attending the 90 years celebrations of the Essel Group here today. The event was also attended by President Pranab Mukherjee. Welcoming the Prime Minister, Chairman of Essel Group Subhash Chandra thanked him for graciously accepting the invitation for this event. Prime Minister Modi explained Essel Group?s recent social initiatives on themes such as water supply, power supply, Swachh Bharat and Affordable Housing. On the occasion, the Prime Minister launched two social initiatives. These includes Sarthi ? a people?s empowerment programme on subjects such as education, health and employment and the DSC Foundation with a corpus of Rs. 5,000 crore, to empower people in need. Prime Minister Modi recalled his earlier meetings with Nandkishore Goenka and said the family has always been open to new ideas, and has taken every challenge as an opportunity, to create a presence in a range of initiatives from ?soil to satellite?. He said that while ?Sarthi? presented a good blend of rights and duties, the DSC Foundation would help build a large number of job creators. The Prime Minister urged everyone present to work towards specific goals for what they could do for the country by 2022 ? the 75th anniversary of independence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Social entrepreneurs to benefit from Swachh Bharat: Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said social entrepreneurs can benefit from Swachh Bharat programme as it has huge business element, while stressing on the need to convert waste into wealth. A large number of youth, in the role of social entrepreneurs, are coming forward to partake in Swachh Bharat, he said. The Swachh Bharat mission provides opportunities for a large number of social entrepreneurs to emerge, Modi said. “Waste to wealth is a belief that is gaining momentum. Lot of social entrepreneurship is being devoted towards this,” Modi said while speaking at the commemoration of 90 years of Essel Group here. The prime minister further said, “If we consider waste as waste, then we have lost our precious possession.” He said there is a crisis of natural resources shortage and it can be tackled in a scientific manner with proper management and judicious usage. The prime minister also said entrepreneurship has been inherent part of Indian system that has been passed on from one generation to another. Modi highlighted the importance of family values in India, saying it is the biggest gift to the world. “Today, even in the most advanced countries, revival of family values have become a part of election manifesto,” the prime minister said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIR lines up special programmes to mark 3 years of Modi govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Various special programmes based on songs, documentaries and interviews are part of AIR’s strategy to highlight achievements of the Modi government on completion of its three years in office. These programmes will be broadcast through the All India Radio (AIR) network of over 400 centres in Hindi, English and all regional languages, an information and broadcasting ministry official said. The BJP-led NDA government completes three years in office on May 26. People would be interested to know the outcome and implementation of various decisions taken by the government in the last three years, the official said. Special discussions would be held on demonetisation, the legislation to regulate the real estate sector and amendments in tax treaties with various countries to “explain” in depth the rationale behind these decisions, he added. Interviews of experts and leaders and documentaries would be broadcast to “disseminate factual information” on various initiatives, including the ‘one rank, one pension’ scheme for exservicemen and tax reform measure GST. One of the highlights is “serialised programmes” covering various schemes such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Jandhan Yojana’, ‘Skill India’ and ‘PM Fasal Bima Yojana’. Besides, experts would be invited for phone-in programmes to address queries from listeners. It will cover areas such as Swachh Bharat Mission, yoga, labour reforms and real estate regulations, the official said. AIR will also air special programmes targeted at farmers, children and women.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Adityanath sweeping streets is hypocrisy: Cong leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath picking up a broom to convey his seriousness towards making Uttar Pradesh clean is “hypocrisy”, Congress leader Pradeep Mathur said today. “Instead of wielding the broom, the chief minister should have punished the officials responsible for the mess in the first place,” the former U P Congress legislature party leader told reporters here. “The chief minister should have a strong monitoring role,” he said. Adityanath earlier arrived at the congested Baloo Addar locality in the heart of the capital city of Lucknow in Ram Mohan ward and sweeped the streets. The move comes a day after he expressed regret over the state’s poor rating in the cleanliness survey. The Congress leader said Adityanath was chosen as the chief minister for ensuring that the welfare schemes reach the last man standing, and “not to sweep the streets”. He also suggested roping in schools and other educational institutions to make the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ a success. “Swachh Bharat Mission would get a boost if it begins with schools, wherein teachers can help inculcate the habit of cleanliness amongst children in creative ways,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

New Delhi slips on Swachh Bharat test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The capital lags behind Tier -II cities in basic civic amenities such as sanitation and cleanliness. The posh Lutyens’ area, known for housing the high and mighty, has failed the Swachh Bharat test. According to the 2017 Swachh Survekhan Survey released by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) on Thursday, New Delhi faces sewage problems and lacks enough public toilets. The survey was held across 434 cities.While Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh topped the list as the cleanest cities, Delhi, under the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), slipped to the seventh position. It came three steps down from 2016.The other three municipal corporations of Delhi — South, North and East — feature much below on the list at 202, 279 and 196, respectively. This is way behind other Tier-II cities like Vishakhaptnam, Surat, Mysuru, Chandigarh and Vadodra.The cities have been marked out of a maximum score of 2,000 on parameters including waste collection, sweeping and transportation (40%), Municipal Solid Waste – processing and disposal (30%), Open defecation/toilets (20%), information and education (5%), capacity building — Swachh Bharat Mission (5%).”NDMC secured 1,707.96 marks. The Council is stepping up efforts to bring up the ranking to first by next year,” said an NDMC official. The strategy for the next year is to focus on 100 per cent segregation of waste and making five colonies ‘zero waste colonies’, he added.While the civic body claimed itself to be ‘open defecation-free’ city, sites of people urinating along railway tracks in the area are not rare. “We have already constructed 330 public toilets, and 63 more are under construction, which will be completed by September 2017,” the official said.Uttar Pradesh counted for at least 50 cities in the bottom of the list. Gonda in UP was the ‘dirtiest’ city and Bhusawal in Maharashtra the second-last.Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh fared the best with the maximum number of clean cities. While Gujarat had around 12 of the 50 top clean cities, MP and Andhra Pradesh had 11 and eight, respectively.

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