Delhi Government’s Constant Vigilance and Action on Price Rise





New Delhi: Monday, March 2nd, 2015.

Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia on Monday took stock of the measures being taken by the Delhi state government to keep the prices of essential vegetables including onion and potatoes under control during the summer months.  Historically, Delhi has seen steep hike in the prices of essential vegetables during the summer months.  “To have a meaningful market intervention the preparation is essential at the right earnest,” the deputy chief minister said.

The review was also attended by the Development Minister Mr Gopal Rai and Food & Supply Minister Mr Asim Ahmed Khan. Managing Director of Small Farmers’ Agri-Business Consortium, Government of India, Secretary-cum-Commissioner (Food Supply and Consumer), Development Commissioner, Director, Delhi Agriculture Marketing Board and other senior officers were also present.

The deputy chief minister told the concerned agencies that the objectives of Delhi Government are – giving the farmer due price for his produce and the supply to consumers of Delhi, especially the economically weaker sections at reasonable prices.  The process of augmentation of creating buffer stock in producing areas needs to be strengthened.

Mr Sisodia also directed the Departments concerned to provide legality to the Push Cart based vegetable sellers so that they can honestly earn their livelihood and provide effective delivery mechanism to the people.  The Departments are working on the modalities of modernizing the Push Carts so that strain on the seller is reduced and vegetables are supplied hygienically to the consumers, he added.

Delhi: The Discriminated Orphan from BJP’s Finance Commission

Directorate of Information & Publicity

Govt of NCT of Delhi


  • Reaction of the Delhi state government on the general budget for the financial year 2015-16 presented by the union finance minister Mr Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha on Saturday :

New Delhi: 28/02/2015

The central government has proposed the following financial assistance in the budget for 2015-16 to the government of National Capital Territory of Delhi :

1)      Normal Central assistance : This assistance to the NCT of Delhi has been proposed at Rs 394.99 crore for the coming financial year of 2015-16 as compared to Rs 325 crore in the current financial year. This is an increase of 21.54% (Rs 69.99 crore). This is an untied fund and it is being used for financing of Annual Plan. (Source : Expenditure Budget Vol 1 2015-16 page 62)

 2)    Share in central taxes :  The non-plan grant in lieu of share in central taxes and duties of NCT of Delhi has been proposed at Rs 325 crore for the coming financial year. This amount has remained stagnant since the last 14 years. (Source Expenditure Budget Vol 1, 2015-16 page 28). The NCT of Delhi being a union territory with legislature is not included in the terms of reference of the Central Finance Commission and remains a recipient of an ad-hoc grant.


  • The central government has accepted the report of the 14th Finance Commission and increased the total devolution of central taxes to states from 32 to 42 %.
  • However, in case of Delhi, there is no increase in share of central taxes.
  • The 14th Finance Commission has made a provision of Rs 6, 279 crore for the coming financial year on 2015-16 for a state like Haryana.
  • The non-plan grant for share in central taxes for Delhi, however, has been kept stagnant since 2001-02
  • The logic for keeping Delhi’s non-plan grant stagnant since last 14 years has not been explained till date.
  • The central government in its budget last year had made a provision of Rs 500 crore for water reforms and Rs 200 crore for electricity reforms in Delhi.
  • There is no mention of any such provision in this year’s budget, which shows it was a one-time grant which has been discontinued.

How AAP solved problems of e-rickshaw drivers and last mile connectivity #TT #Governance

Directorate of Information & Publicity

Government of NCT of Delhi

20th February 2015

  • Delhi government to start the process for plying of e-rickshaws in the national capital by initiating licensing and registration camps from Monday
  • The government is committed to ensure last mile connectivity and environment friendly e-rickshaws in the national capital.
  • Delhi government will speak to the central government if required, to remove all bottlenecks in the way of plying e-rickshaws on Delhi roads.
  • The new government wants e-rickshaws to ply legally and under regulations, but poor drivers must not be harassed.
  • State government will look into regulated fares and roads on which these e-rickshaws can ply.

The transport department, Govt. of Delhi will organize facilitation camps for issuing learners licences, PSV (Public Service Vehicle) badges and registration of e-rickshaws between February 23-28 this month. These camps will be organised in the Transport Authority offices at 13 locations namely – Mall Road, IP Depot, Sheikh Sarai, Wazirpur, Mayur Vihar, Surajmal Vihar, Raja Garden, Rohini, Janakpuri, Palam, Vasant Vihar, Loni and AR Unit Burari.

The timing for these camps will between 10 Am to 4 PM everyday. Transport minister Mr Gopal Rai will be inspecting the camps to supervise smooth functioning of these camps.

All the e-rickshaw owners and drivers may contact the respective Motor Licensing offices and fill up the learner licences and PSV Badge application forms in these camps. Assistance will be provided for filling up the application forms and oral tests will be conducted.

The application fees for learner licences has been fixed at Rs 30. The documents required are – physical fitness (form-1), Medical certificate, proof of residence, proof for date of birth like voter identity card and photographs.

In case of any query, e-rickshaw drivers/owners can contact the helpline number 011-42400400.    



How AAP swung pre-emptively and prevented the swine flu epidemic




Dated 21st Feb. 2015

The health department of Delhi on Saturday issued show cause notices
to two private labs for overcharging more than the specified limit of
Rs 4500/- fixed by the Delhi government for conducting the Swine Flu
The notices were issued following surprise checks conducted by a
health ministry team on the directions of Health Minister Mr Satyendra
Jain on Friday night.

The labs have been asked as to why their licences should not be
cancelled for cheating the people in distress by failing to comply
with the specified norms.

The minister ordered surprise checks after media reports showed that
some private labs continued to overcharge for the H1N1 (Swine Flu)
tests despite a Delhi government directive having capped the maximum
fees at Rs 4500.

The health minister has thanked the TV news channels for reporting
that some private laboratories in Delhi were overcharging for
conducting the H1N1 tests.

A health ministry team including an additional director and a nodal
officer (H1N1) from the Directorate of Health Services conducted
surprise late night checks, which continued past the midnight and
found that two private laboratories, namely – Healthcare Diagnostics
at Yusuf Sarai and Global Diagnostics, Hari Nagar, were overcharging
for conducting the tests.  It was also found Dr Dang’s Lab and SRL
Path Lab had not overcharged for the tests.

It has also been found that these two laboratories have not been
accredited by the state government for conducting the H1N1 tests.
The ministry has appealed to the people of Delhi not to panic since
effective measures are in place and the situation is under control.
There is sufficient stock of medicines in government hospitals and
approved chemist shops. People should try and get their tests done
free of cost in government hospitals and there is no cause for panic.



Deputy CM, but first an Education Minister: @msisodia at work

  • Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia meets teachers and students following a RTV accident
  • Mr Sisodia says transport of school children a cause for concern
  • Says school children are in danger zone

New Delhi: 14/07/2015

  • ‘डेंजर जोन’में हैं दिल्ली के स्कूली बच्चे – मनीष सिसोदिया
  • आरटीवी दुर्घटना के बाद उप-मुख्यमंत्री ने किया विक्टोरिया गल् र्स सीनियर सेकेंडरी स्कूल का दौरा
  • बच्चों के लिए स्कूली परिवहन की सुरक्षा सुनिश्चित करेंगे

दिल्ली के उप-मुख्यमंत्री और शिक्षा मंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया ने स्कूली बच्चों की परिवहन व्यवस्था में सुरक्षा को लेकर चिंता जताई है। उन्होंने कहा है कि दिल्ली के स्कूली बच्चे स्कूल आते-जाते वक्त सुरक्षा के लिहाज से ‘डेंजर डोन’ में हैं। कश्मीरी गेट के पास मंगलवार सुबह एक आरटीवी की दुर्घटना के बाद मनीष सिसोदिया ने प्रशासनिक और शिक्षा विभाग के अधिकारियों के साथ राजपुर रोड स्थित विक्टोरिया गल् र्स सीनियर सेकेंडरी स्कूल का दौरा किया क्योंकि घायलों में कुछ बच्चे इस स्कूल के भी थे। इस दौरान उन्होंने स्कूल प्रशासन, आरटीवी चालकों, बच्चों और अभिभावकों से बातचीत की।

इसके बाद उन्होंने कहा कि कई स्कूलों के पास पर्याप्त संसाधन न होने की वजह से अभिभावकों को अपने बच्चों को मजबूरन आरटीवी इत्यादि से स्कूल भेजना पड़ता है। वहीं, कुछ मामलों में अन्य कारणों से अभिभावक बच्चों को स्कूल भेजने के लिए निजी परिवहन का इस्तेमाल करते हैं। पर ज्यादातर मामलों में बच्चों के लिए ये वाहन सुरक्षित नहीं है।

सिसोदिया ने कहा कि निजी परिवहन वाले वाहन एक साथ कई स्कूलों के बच्चों को अपनी सेवाएं देते हैं। इन पर स्कूलों का कोई नियंत्रण नहीं होता। ज्यादातर मामलों में इन वाहनों में जगह से ज्यादा बच्चे बिठाए जाते हैं। इनके लिए सख्त सुरक्षा मानक और जवाबदेही तय किये जाने की जरूरत है।

उप-मुख्यमंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया ने कहा कि सुरक्षा को ध्यान में रखते हुए बच्चों के स्कूल आने-जाने वाली परिवहन व्यवस्था को दुरुस्त किए जाने की जरूरत है। इसके लिए शिक्षा विभाग, स्कूलों, परिवहन विभाग, निजी परिवहन मुहैया कराने वालों और अभिभावकों के साथ बातचीत के बाद बच्चों के सुरक्षित परिवहन की रूपरेखा तैयार की जाएगी। उल्लेखनीय है कि मंगलवार सुबह कश्मीरी गेट के पास एक आरटीवी पलटने से 14 स्कूली बच्चे मामूली रूप से जख्मी हो गए थे। इसके बाद इन्हें प्राथमिक उपचार के बाद अस्पताल से छुट्टी दे दी गई।

Tweets @msisodia on the story: Video and


Ever heard a CM meet an injured bus marshal? #JantaKaCM

The Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, met the injured DTC bus Marshal Mr. Rajbir Singh at the Delhi Secretariat on August 14.

Mr. Singh was attacked and stabbed in his hand by unknown miscreant while he was on duty on Bus No: DL1PC 0737 on August 12.

Mr. Singh narrated the whole incident to the Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal in presence of the Minister for Transport Mr. Gopal Rai.

“We are proud of you; I wanted to meet you in person. I want to know what help do you need from us?”, the Chief Minister told Mr. Singh.

The Chief Minister also immediately asked the Health Minister to arrange for the free treatment of Mr. Singh and get reimbursed whatever expenses he has already incurred.

Any help you require you can tell us, we will be happy to do whatever possible, said the Chief Minister.

Mr. Kejriwal also said that the government and the DTC will formulate further measures for the welfare of the Marshals deployed. He instructed the Chairman of the DTC to look into what other measures can be taken for the welfare of the guards deployed.

Transport Minister Mr. Gopal Rai told the officials that Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs) should reach the spot of incidents in such cases immediately for the help and other measures required to be taken.

Exposing BJP’s faulty and fraudulent MCD claims on public finance

The Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia, on Friday released the figures of the amount released to the three MCDs by the Delhi Government till date for the current financial year.

He said that the comparative chart shows that the money released by the AAP Government till date is much more than what was released to them during the same period last year.

Mr. Sisodia also told the reporters that the DDA owed a huge sum of amount to all the three corporations and released the date on the same too. The DDA owes huge sums to the three MCDs which were collected as property tax.

Mr. Sisodia said that the three MCDs should ask the Hon’ble LG to direct the DDA to release the pending money to them at the earliest

The Deputy Chief Minister also rejected the claim that Delhi Government owes Global Share to the MCD. He said that it has already been given to the MCDs.

On the reports of strike of sanitation workers, he said that it seems to be a design to malign Delhi as a whole ahead of the Africa Summit and Deepawali. He said that he will be meeting the DDA Vice-Chairman and would ask him to release the money at the earliest.

Should you always believe your media? Think again


Editor, Times of India

Bahadur Shah Jafar Marg,

New Delhi

Subject: Rejoinder


This refers to a false and malicious news story published by the Times of India on page 2 of its Delhi edition today (2nd September, 2015, Wednesday)  titled – Bharti case behind Kapil’s ouster ?

Neither the reporter concerned nor any other representative from the Times of India made any attempt to contact the minister Mr Kapil Mishra, who was not in any way concerned with the entire matter.

Mr Kapil Mishra did not give any opinion on the matter related to the Somnath Bharti case, which was squarely in the domain of Department of Home. It has been wrongly reported that Mr Mishra held a view with regards to the prosecution sanction, since neither was his view was sought nor did he provide any such view.

It is shocking that the newspaper has chosen to publish a blatant lie without cross-checking facts and indulged in fiction about the government, without even having basic understanding of either the issue or the entire subject.

In the same news story, the name of another minister Mr Satyendar Jain has been mentioned, without making any attempt to verify the facts. It is a clear case of reckless reporting.

You are requested to publish the views of the Delhi government with the same prominence in the same space as has been provided to this wrong and damaging news story at the earliest, failing which the Delhi government will be forced to initiate further appropriate action.

Further, the Times of India on page 2 again, has published the photograph of Mr Rajendra Kumar, secretary to the Chief Minister, attempting to wrongly link him to the CNG fitness scam. This is a clear case of misreporting and misrepresentation of facts with an intention to damage his reputation.

Such attempts of false reporting amount to defaming a senior bureaucrat and also appears to be a motivated attempt to drag the Chief Minister’s Office into a needless controversy.

Time and again the Times of India has been reporting incorrectly about the CNG fitness scam at the behest of vested interests.

You are requested to check your facts before attempting to defame senior officials of the Delhi government.

Relief for justice and compensation to 1984 Sikh Riot Victims: Only by AAP

Cheques handed over to 1332 affected families on Sunday itself.

·        Delhi Government is fully empowered to constitute SIT under CrPC – Legal Luminary Shri HS Phoolka says.

·        Chief Minister says he will look into the SIT aspect, if he finds that his Government is competent/ empowered to set up the same for awarding speedy justice to the affected families, it will be explored.

·        Compensation & Justice are two different aspects of the 1984 massacre and both have to be ensured to the victims- Chief Minister.

·        Shri Arvind Kejriwal & Shri Manish Sisodia pay homage to the victims of 1984 riots at Tilak Vihar, Delhi.

New Delhi: 1/11/2015

Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal today appealed to the people to create the atmosphere of peace, brotherhood & harmony in the society and discard the communal hatred in the society in order to save our long cherished Indian civilization of leaving with peace co-existence & togetherness.

Shri Kejriwal was addressing a mammoth gathering after distributing the enhanced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each, to the families affected in 1984 riots, at a function organized at Tilak Vihar, Delhi.

Shri Kejriwal & Dy. Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia gave away the cheque of Rs 5 lakh each to Jaspal Kuar, Janam Kaur, Servan Singh, Jesvir Kaur, Kulvinder Kaur, Satwant Singh, Darshan Kaur, Jaspal Singh & Jehangir Kaur.

Receiving the cheque and with tears in her eyes,  Jasvir Kaur murmured to Shri Arvind Kejriwal “Thank you Beta.” The cheques of Rs 5 lakh each will be disbursed to 2600 effected families within a week through respective District magistrate offices.

Of these, 1332 cheques to families of riots victims were handed over on Sunday itself after completion of the due verification process.

Paying homage to the victims of 1984 riots Shri Kejriwal said that the massacre of 1984 is a blot in the name of the country in front of the world.  He said it is very sad to note that though every political party has shown its concern for these riots but even after 31 years of the said happening of massacre, no culprit has been punished and no justice has been done to affected families.

Shri Kejriwal said that had the culprits of 1984 massacre been punished in time, then the riots of Gujarat, and recently incidents like Dadri could not have happened.

Chief Minister said that the peace & tranquility in the society is being disturbed and an atmosphere of communal hatred is being prepared & spread by the divisive forces which have become a cause of concern to every Indian.

Shri Kejriwal said that even His Excellency the President had to appeal the people to save the diversity of the country. The Chief Minister said that he will see that whether his Government is competent or empowered to set up the SIT if yes, he will certainly constitute the SIT for awarding immediate justice of 1984 riots.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia expressing his concern over the mounting tension in rising communal hatred, said that 1984 riots were a stain in the Indian history which cannot be erased merely by disbursing the compensation but we have to put over heads together to think for making an end to this type of mentality.

He said that before independence Jalianwalan Bagh massacre happened, which was creation of General Dyer who shot thousands of innocent people.  After independence, 1984 riots happened wherein thousands of Sikh families were destroyed & devastated. Both these incidents of massacre shocked the country.

The Deputy Chief Minister said that the all Indians will have to change their mentality & thought process & should take pledge that no such heinous happening should be repeated.

Chief Secretary Shri KK Sharma assured the affected families that the office of the Divisional Commissioner & all District Magistrate of 09 Districts have been asked to make special arrangement in their respective offices to disburse the enhance compensation money to all the effected families without any hurdle & delay.

Concerned officials had begun the verification process of victims families last week and on Sunday eight counters were set-up for distribution of cheques to those families whose verification process was complete, and also for submission of fresh applications and for help with regards to understanding the process for being eligible for the compensation scheme.

Noted Legal Luminary Shri HS Phoolka quoted legal provisions of the Constitution and said the Delhi Government is fully empowered to constitute the SIT for probing the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Did the Delhi LG willfully neglect Delhi citizens on discom audit in Delhi HC?

New Delhi: 02/11/2015

Delhi Power Minister Shri Satyendar Jain on Monday ordered an inquiry to ascertain whether the Delhi administration was represented at all in the High Court and if it was, whether the representation was adequate during one year of President’s rule, in the case filed by discoms challenging the CAG audit.

The inquiry will be conducted by the Senior Standing Counsel of the Delhi government in the High Court, Shri Rahul Mehra and he has been asked submit the inquiry report within one week.

It may be recalled that during its 49-day stint in January/February 2014, the then Delhi government headed by Shri Arvind Kejriwal had not only ordered the CAG audit of power discoms, but had also effectively thwarted the attempts by discoms to get the audit stayed through the courts. That Government resigned on 14 February, 2014.

Delhi was then placed under President’s rule and following fresh assembly elections, the present government assumed office exactly after one year on February 14, 2015.  Immediately thereafter, the government appointed Dr Rajeev Dhawan, Senior Advocate to represent it before the Delhi High Court.

Only two hearings took place after 14th February, 2015.  The last hearing was on 02.03.2015.  Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, Senior Advocate appeared in these hearings and effectively presented Delhi government’s views. Since 02.03.2015 no further hearing took place and the order was reserved by the Hon’ble High Court.

In its judgment dated 30t October 2015 on the issue of CAG audit of power companies, Hon’ble Delhi High Court has made following observations at para 23, page 41 :-

“Neither the senior counsel who addressed arguments for GNCTD nor any of the counsels briefing him were present on any of the earlier dates of hearing, when the other counsels had addressed arguments.  We as such at the close of hearing apprised in a nutshell the senior counsel for GNCTD of the issues arising for adjudication and upon on his request the hearing was adjourned to enable him to address the same”

The above observations of Delhi High Court raise serious questions on whether the GNCTD was properly represented before Delhi High Court during the one year of President’s Rule from 15t February 2014 to 13tFebruary 2015.

The inquiry will look into all these aspects.