- DELHI GOVERNMENT & UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO COME TOGETHER TO LAUNCH A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY OF INDIA’S NATIONAL CAPITAL
- DDC & UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WILL LAUNCH A UNIQUE URBAN LABS INNOVATION CHALLENGE FROM DECEMBER 1
- UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO WILL FUND THE BEST IDEA CHOSEN FOR DELHI
- IT WILL PROVIDE A MINIMUM FUND OF RS TWO CRORE FOR THE PILOT PROJECT
New Delhi: 23/10/2015
The University of Chicago and the Delhi Dialogue Commission (DDC) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) forming a first-of-its-kind partnership in India to focus on improving Delhi’s air and water quality.
The centerpiece of this partnership will be a unique competition called the Urban Labs Innovation Challenge – Delhi. This competition is designed to build a toolkit of innovative projects proposed by local institutions and tapping into grassroots expertise.
The innovation challenge will identify the best ideas & provide them with funding to pilot these ideas into sustainable businesses. The funding for the project will be a minimum of Rs two Crore.
The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago will provide scientific inputs and rigorously evaluate pilots and prize funding will be provided by the University of Chicago Urban Labs initiative.
The Delhi government will play a key role in piloting successful innovations which may then be scaled up across the city. The partnership builds on other initiatives led by the Delhi government to confront air and water pollution.
“We are pleased to partner with reputed University of Chicago Urban Labs to tackle the problem of pollution and environment degradation. With the technical and financial help from UChicago, Government of Delhi will open a challenge for all citizens of the country to come forward and pilot their ideas to solve major problem of pollution on a big scale. The Urban Labs Challenge is hopefully, a beginning of a long partnership that has the potential to transform Delhi” said ASHISH KHETAN, VC-DELHI DIALOGUE COMMISSION
“Urbanization has been a driver of economic prosperity across the world. Yet cities like Delhi, that are engines of innovation and growth, are also the site of formidable energy and environment related challenges,” says Michael Greenstone, the director of the Urban Energy and Environment Lab, which is leading the effort at the University of Chicago.
“This partnership combines city leadership with rigorous research and local insights to employ a unique approach to identifying, refining, testing and scaling up new policy solutions proven to work.”
“Although it is undeniable that Delhi faces environmental challenges, there is also significant potential for positive change. Reducing waste burning, enhancing solar energy and cutting back diesel combustion could all help clean the air and there is a need to encourage innovative ideas that help achieve these goals.”Said Anant Sudarshan, India Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago.
ABOUT – The Urban Energy & Environment Lab – The Lab works in close collaboration with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago’s India office (EPIC-India) to investigate ways to improve energy reliability and efficiency, while reducing environmental damages to our health and climate. For example, EPIC-India researchers worked with officials in Gujarat to improve the environmental auditing system. Their pilot reforms reduced pollution by 28 percent and in January were officially adopted by the Gujarat government
More details about the competition will be announced at a press event on December 1st.
The competition website is online at urbanlabsdelhi.uchicago.in where you can also sign up to stay updated as details are finalized. More details about the Urban Labs initiative in general are available at: urbanlabs.uchicago.edu. More details about EPIC-India research across India is available at: https://epic.uchicago.edu/epic-india
You can connect with Abhishek Gupta, DDC Coordinator for Pollution Task force (firstname.lastname@example.org)or Anna Aggarwal, Delhi Urban Labs Manager (email@example.com) for more information on the challenge
- Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia holds consultation with members and representative of Delhi’s North Eastern Community
- Wide-ranging constructive discussion related to crimes against women and children, especially for Delhi’s NE Women
- Key issues brought up for non-registration of FIRs and complaints by Police, lapses in investigation by Delhi Police, poor attitude and treatment of NE women and housing for North Eastern girls
- Deputy CM Manish Sisodia assures Delhi’s North Eastern citizens that their safety will be the government’s priority and duty
New Delhi: 29/10/2015
The Group of Ministers (GoM) on Women’s Safety under Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, hosted a policy consultation with representatives of the North Eastern community to solicity ideas, inputs and suggestions on the GoM mandate of preparing suitable amendments in appropriate criminal laws for providing harsh punishments to those guilty of committing heinous crimes against women.
This policy consultation was conducted with students from various student communities of the North East, academics instrumental in setting up North Eastern Cells, experts working against human trafficking and domestic violence, and activists working on gender sensitization and cross-cultural harmony. All these experts gave their detailed responses on the 7-points under consideration of the Group of Ministers (GoM).
The consultation led to several interesting ideas and suggestions related to housing of North Eastern girls, lack of clarity and implementation of existing CrPC and IPC rules related to crimes against women, lack of one-stop crisis centers in Delhi, large scale acquittals in POCSO courts, low number of female Investigative Officers (IOs) and no concrete law against racial and private discrimination. Concrete discussions and plans on Bezbaruah Committee recommendations, implementation of Sexual Harassment against Women at Workplace Act 2013 and Vishakha Guidelines and minimum wages of domestic workers, was conducted for timely work.
Over the next 2 weeks, the Group of Ministers will meet with different stakeholders on the 7-point mandate on women and child safety. The Delhi Government has constituted a Group of Ministers to find solutions to stop increasing rapes and heinous crimes on our innocent children. Submissions can be sent by November 7th 2015 to the following Email ID or Postal Address: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Address: Member Secretary, GOM, Room 803, A-Wing, Delhi Secretariat, New Delhi-110002.
Tree census in Delhi to be done by a third party
New Delhi: 29/10/2015
Environment & Forest Minister Mr Imran Hussain on Thursday said the Delhi government will get the census of trees in the national capital conducted by a third party.
The impartial census will help the government in arriving at a factual figure of the number of trees in the national capital, on the basis of which the environment ministry will decide its future course of action on improving the green cover in the city.
The minister made this announcement at a review meeting of the major Greening Agencies of Delhi to take stock of the special Plantation Drive undertaken by them.
The meeting was attended by the senior officers of Horticulture Wings of DDA, NDMC, three Municipal Corporations and Delhi Jal Board besides officers from Environment & Forest Department.
Each of the agencies apprised the Minister about the details of plantation carried out so far.
Mr Hussain emphasised that the targets set for each of the Greening Agencies for plantation for the current financial year 2015-16 need to be achieved.
He further stressed that not only is the plantation essential for increasing the Green Cover of the city for effectively combatting air pollution, but it is also equally important that survival of the trees/ saplings planted is also ensured.
The Minister also directed the agencies to carry out Tree Audit by a third party.
He also requested all the Greening Agencies to carry out ‘Tree Census’ in order to ascertain the total plantation/ tree cover available with them which is helpful in better planning and management for plantation.
Mr Hussain informed that a review meeting regarding status of Plantation Drive, Census and Tree Audit would be convened in a months’ time. He also expressed the hope that concerted efforts by the Govt. as well as Greening Agencies would lead to enhancement of Green Cover in Delhi.
- DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER MANISH SISODIA CONDUCTS POLICY CONSULTATION WITH NGOS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF WOMEN AND CHILD WELFARE
- WIDE SPECTRUM OF ACTIVISTS FROM OVER 10 ORGANIZATIONS GIVE INPUTS TO GOM MANDATE ON CRIMINAL AMENDMENT TO LAWS
- NGOS AND ACTIVISTS TO GIVE DETAILED AMENDMENTS AND SUGGESTIONS TO POCSO ACT, IPC, CRPC AND ALL WELFARE SCHEMES RELATED TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN
- KEY ISSUES IDENTIFIED RELATE TO IMPLEMENTATION OF POCSO ACT, INACTION OF THE POLICE DURING FILING OF COMPLAINT AND INVESTIGATION AND NEED FOR HOLISTIC PLANNING FOR JUVENILE CONVICT REHABILITATION
New Delhi: 29/10/2015
As part of the ongoing consultations held by the Government of NCT of Delhi, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Women’s Safety under Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, hosted a policy consultation to solicit ideas, inputs and suggestions on the GoM mandate of preparing suitable amendments in appropriate criminal laws for providing harsh punishments to those guilty of committing heinous crimes against women.
This policy consultation was conducted with numerous activists, lawyers and NGOs working in the space of women and child welfare across Delhi. Some of the organizations involved were Salaam Baalak Trust, Butterflies, Chuppi Todo Campaign, Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Haq Center for Child Rights, Badhte Kadam, Chetna and Save the Children, amongst others. All the non-profits gave their detailed responses and data-based views on the 7-points under consideration of the Group of Ministers (GoM).
The consultation led to several interesting ideas and suggestions related to the rights of a minor survivor to compensation, adequate and comprehensive representation in court, interim relief for survivors, improving implementation of norms under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and ensuring rigorous punishment under POCSO Act. Concrete inputs to ensure rehabilitation of juveniles in conflict with law and providing gender sensitization and awareness programs at the government school level were also discussed.
Over the next 2 weeks, the Group of Ministers will meet with different stakeholders on the 7-point mandate on women and child safety. The Delhi Government has constituted a Group of Ministers to find solutions to stop increasing rapes and heinous crimes on our innocent children.
Submissions can be sent by November 7th 2015 to the following Email ID or Postal Address: Email: email@example.com or Address: Member Secretary, GOM, Room 803, A-Wing, Delhi Secretariat, New Delhi-110002.
- DELHI GOVT BEGINS CONSULTATIONS ON WOMEN & CHILDREN SAFETY IN THE NATIONAL CAPITAL
- DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER & EDUCATION MINISTER MANISH SISODIA MEETS GIRL STUDENTS AT SARVODAYA KANYA VIDYALAYA, PANDARA PARK
- CREATIVE WORKSHOP HELD ON SAFETY AND SECURITY OF GIRLS IN DELHI USING INNOVATIVE AND FUN GAMES
- SCHOOLGIRLS OPENLY TALK ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS OF SAFETY LIKE STALKING, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PUBLIC STARING AND BEING TROUBLED ON STREETS AND PUBLIC TRANSPORT
- KEY RECOMMENDATIONS FROM GIRL CHILDREN INCLUDE STREETLIGHTS ACROSS DELHI, PEPPER SPRAY FOR GIRLS, MORE POLICE IN EVERY NEIGHBOURHOOD AND ACTION ON FIRST COMPLAINT.
New Delhi: 26/10/2015
The Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday began consultations on how to improve the safety of women and children in the national capital.
Mr Sisodia interacted with the students of Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Pandara Park on Monday, on women and child safety. This kicked off a two-week long consultation process across the city that the Delhi Government is pursuing with different stakeholders on the issue.
Mr Sisodia conducted an interactive, innovative and friendly discussion to gather their views, hear their problems and ideate on possible solutions to the problems of women & children security and safety in Delhi.
The girls narrated multiple personal stories of being followed or feeling unsafe in Delhi. Some complained about being stared at for inordinate periods of time and being leched at, while others talked about their experiences of being stalked.
The girls, who ranged from Class 8th to 12th, spoke of their discomfort in public transport where they had encountered lewd behaviour or met heavily intoxicated drug addicts. Almost every girl had a story of being followed to their tuitions, or being troubled by motorcycle riders passing inappropriate statements and even facing trouble near their homes and in their local markets. However, the girls resolved to be strong and narrated various incidents in which they had taken the initiative to complain, fight or raise an outcry about their problem.
Addressing the students at this gathering, the Deputy Chief Minister said, “I am your elder brother and not just your Education Minister. I am here to ensure that you get a complete education but also feel free and secure in life. If you are afraid of anything, I’m here to ensure that the rule of law and public order takes care of those who trouble you. Please tell me what punishments or measures I should take to ensure that you can roam with your head held high. I will personally ensure that you are enabled to become what you want to, without fear of any bad moments in life.”
The students had various suggestions which they shared with Mr Sisodia. These ranged from improved police force in their neighbourhood, CCTV cameras across the city, stronger punishment for those committing crimes against women and ensuring swift and certain justice. The girls also asked for immediate action on the first complaint instead of those with power brushing it aside. Amongst immediate requirements, the girls asked for self defence skills via workshops, pepper spray for instant fightback and proper street light illumination, so that they don’t feel afraid.
Using innovative games and friendly exercises, Advisor to Education Minister Atishi Marlena and Director, WCD (IAS) Saumya Gupta, drew out what children were feeling, experiencing and thinking about the issue of their personal safety and the broader issue of women’s security. They also delicately spoke about issues of sexual abuse and crimes that happen at home and with people they know from their family and friends.
Mr Sisodia concluded by saying, “I thank you all for being so frank and sincere in this discussion. You have given us many new things to think about. In Anand Parbat, there was a girl who was followed regularly. She was killed by being stabbed 32 times. But that was the final step amongst a series of steps that led to that dastardly incident. It started with things like staring, stalking, teasing and progressively got worse. The administration has to ensure that we nip such incidents in the bud, and we will make strong recommendations to do that. However, at the same time, it is also important that we use the rule of law and public order to combat such incidents and miscreants, instead of fear mongering or an “eye for an eye”. Society should bring order and not move towards chaos. I will personally work on all your suggestions and ensure that we take strong steps to ensure that you are safe in this city.”
Over the next two weeks, the GoM will meet with different stakeholders on the seven-point mandate on women and child safety. The Delhi Government has constituted this GoM to find solutions to stop increasing rapes and heinous crimes on our innocent children. They key questions include:
- Should those found guilty of heinous crimes against children be given minimum punishment of life imprisonment or death penalty?
- Should the age of criminal responsibility for heinous crimes like rape and murder be reduced from 18 years to 15 years?
- In rape cases where investigation is delayed, how should accountability of the team be fixed?
- Delhi Government has executive powers to enforce Cr.PC and IPC granted by the Concurrent List of the Constitution. Should the Delhi Government set up special police stations for crime against women, especially for those cases where women do not get satisfactory responses from local police stations?
- How can the judicial process related to rape cases and other crimes against women and children be fast-tracked?
- What further steps can be taken to reduce crimes against women and children?
Submissions can be sent by November 7th 2015 to the following Email ID or Postal Address: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Address: Member Secretary, GOM, Room 803, A-Wing, Delhi Secretariat, New Delhi-110002
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दिल्ली सरकार, दिल्ली
शिक्षा मंत्री ही नहीं, आप सबका बड़ा भाई हूं – मनीष सिसोदिया
– महिलाओं और बच्चों की सुरक्षा के मुद्दे पर छात्राओं से मुखातिब हुए शिक्षा मंत्री
– कई छात्राओं ने सुनाए अपने अनुभव, दिए अनेक सुझाव
“मैं केवल उप-मुख्यमंत्री या शिक्षा मंत्री ही नहीं हूं बल्कि आप सबके बड़े भाई जैसा हूं। आप लोगों को बेहतरीन शिक्षा के साथ-साथ सुरक्षा दिलाना भी मेरी जिम्मेदारी है। आप लोग खुलकर हमसे बात कीजिए। ये भी बताइए कि आपकी सुरक्षा के लिए हमें क्या-क्या करना चाहिए“दिल्ली के उप-मुख्यमंत्री और शिक्षा मंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया ने पंडारा पार्क स्थित सर्वोदय कन्या विद्यालय में छात्राओं के साथ बातचीत में ये बातें कहीं।
दरअसल, महिलाओं और बच्चों की सुरक्षा पर गठित मंत्रिस्तरीय समूह (जीओएम) ने विभिन्न स्कूलों और कॉलेजों में भी जाकर फीडबैक लेने का काम शुरू कर दिया है। इसी क्रम में शिक्षा मंत्री खुद सर्वोदय कन्या विद्यालय पहुंचे थे। बातचीत के दौरान कई बच्चियों ने बताया कि स्कूल, ट्यूशन या बाजार आते-जाते कुछ लड़कों और यहां तक कि अधेड़ों ने उनका पीछा किया। कुछ ने बसों में उनके साथ कई बार हुए गलत व्यवहार की बात बताई। लड़कियों ने ये भी बताया कि ऐसे ज्यादातर मामलों की चर्चा वे अपने दोस्तों के बीच करती हैं। कुछ लड़कियों ने ये भी बताया कि जब उन्होंने पीछा करने वालों की शिकायत अपने परिवार में की, तब जाकर उसका समाधान निकला। स्कूली छात्राओं ने शिक्षा मंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया के साथ बातचीत के दौरान अपनी सुरक्षा को लेकर शहर भर में सीसीटीवी लगाने, महिलाओं के खिलाफ अपराध करने वालों को कठोर सजा सुनिश्चित करने जैसे सुझाव दिए। छात्राओं ने ये भी कहा कि उन्हें सेल्फ डिफेंस की ट्रेनिंग दी जानी चाहिए। पेपर स्प्रे मुहैया कराया जाना चाहिए और गलियों में रोशनी की पर्याप्त व्यवस्था होनी चाहिए।
उल्लेखनीय है कि पिछले दिनों दिल्ली में दो बच्चियों के साथ हुए बलात्कार के बाद दिल्लीकैबिनेट ने महिलाओं और बच्चों के खिलाफ अति जघन्य अपराधों में शामिल लोगों को सख्त से सख्त सजा दिलाने के लिए अनेक विषयों पर विचार के उद्देश्य से एक मंत्रिस्तरीय समूह (जीओएम) का गठन किया है जिसमें उप-मुख्यमंत्री और गृह मंत्री शामिल हैं।
CM inaugurates ITI for women at Nand Nagri
New Delhi: 09/10/2015
Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal on Friday morning inaugurated the newly opened ITI for women at Nand Nagri ITI complex.
The women wing of ITI Nand Nagri inaugurated today has been set up under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Multi Sectoral Development Programme of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India with Central Assistance of Rs. 259 lakh.
This institute started functioning from the academic session 2015-16 with the following courses with the total intake capacity of 167 trainees:
1. Draughtsman Civil
2. Computer Operator & Programming assistant
3. Fashion Design & technology
4. Basic Cosmetology
5. Surface ornamentation technique.
Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Mr Manish Sisodia, Social Welfare Minister Mr Sandeep Kumar, MLAs Rajendra Pal Gautam (Seema Puri), Shree Dutt Sharma (Ghonda), District Magistrate (North East), Secretary and Director of Training & Technical Education were also present at the inaugural function.
Speaking on the occasion the Chief Minister pointed out that government is committed to improve the quality of education, skill & technical education in the various institutions of Delhi.
All requisite steps are being taken to make skill training accessible to every person who desires the same. He further outlined the need for adding capacity to the institutions and starting smaller skill centres in Delhi, on the pattern of the World Class Skill Centre at Vivek Vihar, apart from the permanent campus planned at Jonapur.
He also stressed on the need to ensure employable education.
Mr Kejriwal also pointed out that the government of Delhi has started Higher Education and Skill Development Guarantee Scheme so that students can continue their higher or skill education without worrying about the finances required for the purpose.
Mr Manish Sisodia emphasized on the priority of the government to provide quality education at each level so that every educated youth can earn decent livelihood. Narrating his experience from his international visits, he said that our nation too has the resources to provide knowledge and the youth are even more keen to learn. However, we need to place the resources and system in auto-active mode. In this regard he pointed out obstacles i.e. lack of co-ordination and corruption. The Delhi Government has been taking steps to minimize corruption and also coordinating the efforts amongst all stakeholders and departments.
He congratulated the girl students trainees as they are first batch. He further outlined that in Delhi around 2.5 lakh students pass out from class-XII who require opportunities for higher education, skill and technical education. Therefore, the government has decided to upscale the standard of ITIs and technical institutes.
He further explained that to ensure education with employability, his government has introduced the Bachelor of Vocational Education Programme which facilitates multi-entry and exit facility in skill education to provide Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree on completion of each academic year, with the option to take break for job and/or get re-admission in the system.
After inaugurating the institute, the Chief Minister inspected the state of the art auto workshop under development at ITI Nand Nagri, in collaboration withTata Motors.
Department of Social Welfare, Delhi organised a one-day consultation work shop with eminent psychiatrists, psychologists & NGOs from Delhi and from across the country on 16/10/2015 , to discuss the operationalization of half-way Home/ Long stay Homes/Day Care centres in Delhi. The Hon’ble Minister Social Welfare, graced the occasion and invited inputs from the participant experts/ organizations. Principal Secretary, Social Welfare also participated in the deliberations. Dr. Nimesh Desai, Secretary, State Mental Health Authority gave the key note address. A team of social workers & psychologist from IHBAS were also present. Ms. Laxmi & Dr. Vikram Gupta from Banyan, Chennai, Dr. Soumita Pathare from Indian Law Society, Pune, Mr. Mukul Goswami from Ashadeep Guwahati, Dr. Achal Bhagat, chairperson, Saarthak, Dr. Gourav Gupta of Tulsi Half way Home , Delhi & Mr. Md. Tarique from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, ( TISS), Mumbai also deliberated in the process alongwith Dr. Monica Gupta from Manas and Dr. Pooja jaitley from Expressions India.
As per the directions of the Hon’ble High Court in the matter of Pratibha Chopra Vs. UOI & others, Delhi Govt. is committed to running 5 halfway homes / day care facilities for the treated mentally ill referred by Govt. Hospitals.
Halfway homes / Day care centres are a means for reintegrating and main streaming persons recovered from mental illness back into the society, such facilities help the persons make the transitions from institutional setting to community living in a gradual manner. The home would serve in rehabilitating such individuals, especially those without adequate family support, to gain their individual position in society and make a gainful living.
सूचना एवं प्रचार निदेशालय
१६ अक्टूबर २०१५ को समाज कल्याण विभाग दिल्ली सरकार ने मानसिक रोगियों के लिए हाफ-वे होम्स पर एक दिवसीय कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया जिसमें देश भर के माननीय मनोचिकितिसकों, मनोवैज्ञानिकों व सामजिक कार्यकर्ताओं ने भाग लिया|
दिल्ली हाई कोर्ट ने २००७ में प्रतिभा चोपडा बनाम भारत सरकार केस में, दिल्ली सरकार को, स्वस्थ हो चुके मानसिक रोगियों के लिए पांच हाफ वे होम स्थापित करने का आदेश दिया | इस आदेश के अनुपालन के लिए ही यह कार्यशाला आयोजित की गयी | इस बाबत, दिल्ली में, चार हाफ वे होम्स का निर्माण हो चुका है व एक निर्माणधीन है, उनके परिचालन के मापदंडो को निर्धारित करने के लिए इस कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया |
हाफ वे होम में, स्वस्थ हो चुके मानसिक रोगियों के समाज में पदार्पण से पहले पुनर्वसन के लिए सहायता की जाती है | इस कार्यशाला की शुरुवात माननीय समाज कल्याण मंत्री श्री संदीप कुमार ने की | मुख्य सचिव समाज कल्याण विभाग ने भी अपने विचार प्रस्तुत किये | डॉ. निमेश देसाई पूर्व निदेशक इहबास व डॉ. अचल भगत अध्यक्ष सार्थक, जो कि हाई कोर्ट मोनिटरिंग समिति के सदस्य भी हैं, ने कार्यशाला का सञ्चालन किया | इहबास से कई मानसिक चिकत्सको, सामाजिक कार्यकर्ताओ व मनोवेग्यनिको ने भाग लिया | बैनयन चेन्नई से सुश्री एन लक्ष्मी व डॉ विक्रम गुप्ता, आशादीप गुवाहाटी से श्री मुकुल गोस्वामी, पुणे से डॉ सौमित्र पठारे, टिस्स मुंबई से श्री मो. तारिक, डॉ गौरव गुप्ता व मनस से डॉ मोनिका व अन्य कई व्यक्तियों ने अपने सुझाव व अनुभवों का योगदान किया |