Small steps to transform a generation. Delhi Govt. to ensure students have 100% ability to read.

New Delhi: 25/09/2016

New phase of Chunauti begins, as schools gear up for Nov 14 deadline

* Delhi Government schools working towards Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia’s ‘Every Child Can Read’ target

* Directorate of Education draws up strategy to meet Nov 14 deadline under Chunauti 2018

The Delhi Government’s ‘Chunauti 2018’ academic plan entered a new phase this week as the entire school machinery gears up to meet Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia’s ‘100% Ability to Read’ target. A baseline assessment done as part of Delhi government’s education reforms had shown that 74% students in Class 6 could not read their own textbooks. Therefore, the first step in academic improvement would be ensure that every child can read. On Teachers Day, earlier this month, the Hon. Minister had administered a pledge to teachers that all children studying in Classes 6 to 8 would be able to read by Children’s Day, 14th November. “The Government has constantly worked on improving infrastructure and teaching conditions in Government schools of Delhi. Improving learning levels of children is also a priority for our Government. The 100% Ability to Read initiative will go a long way in helping children learn better and faster in schools,” said Hon. Minister Shri Manish Sisodia.

Chunauti 2018 – a plan to provide special support to children who were not able to read their grade appropriate textbook has already borne fruit. Many students from the “Nishtha” level have now achieved reading skills and basic mathematical abilities and will now to transitioned to their grade appropriate syllabus over the remaining academic year. Those who are still non-readers were be given special support and attention, to ensure that by 14th November, they acquire the ability to read with comprehension.

One hour a day shall be set aside for reading based activities, and a special teacher shall be assigned for every set of 30 non-readers to provide them with extra support. The Directorate of Education wants to be in a position to monitor progress of children through such activities. Each Saturday, the teacher would be expected to conduct a review of the class’ reading levels using assessment tools designed by SCERT. Regional Directors of Education will also hold weekly review meetings, along with the Deputy Directors of Education, Heads of Schools and Mentor Teachers, to monitor the progress of the “Every Child Can Read” campaign.

In order to engage the parents and the community with this entire effort, School Management Committees (SMCs) of some schools will also be organising ‘Reading Melas’ where local children will come with their parents and participate in fun reading activities in a community area. This will improve awareness about the importance of the ability to read and encourage collective action in ensuring children are able to read and write.

The Delhi Government has constantly taken new innovative measures to improve the level of education in government schools of Delhi, and this effort is another one towards this goal.

Delhi Govt. takes strong steps to ensure proper student assessment in Chunauti 2018


New Delhi : 21st  September, 2016

Delhi Government’s Education Directorate has undertaken a stupendous task in a Mission mode, named ‘Chunnauti-2018’.The objective is to significantly improve the learning levels of students studying in classes from 6th to 9th of Government Schools of Delhi.

The first semester end Examinations (Summative Assessment-I) under the “Chunnauti-2018’ are being held during 19th September-4th October, 2016. Directorate of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi has made massive arrangements for making exams an effective tool of assessment.

Separate question papers have been set for ‘Nishtha’ & ‘Pratibha’ groups of 6th to 8th students, as per the syllabi covered by them. Regular classes are  simultaneously being held along with the Exams for Vishwas group of IX class.

The working approach for this has been percolated down up to all the Regular and Guest teachers in 1024 schools through a series of efforts. Apart from multiple online circulars, all Head of Schools were addressed by Director of Education  on 5th August 2016 explaining ‘Chunnauti-2018’ and emphasizing the need to focus to bring significantly children lagging in academics to a level where they can read and write fluently and effortlessly.

The Director Education herself visited  a number of schools (GBSS Azadpur Village, GGSSS/GBSSS Sona Vihar, SKV C-2  Block and  SKV B-1 Block  Yamuna Vihar etc. ) and  reviewed   the process of implementation of Chunauti-2018 among students in classrooms, interacted  directly with the teachers seeking their feedback.

Regional Directors conducted district wise meetings to clarify the process of the examination in view of Chunauti 2018, and to convey it to all the Head of Schools of their Districts.

RDs, DDEs have made more than 100 inspections to schools in a run up to the exams & during first 2 days of the exams.

The Directorate of Education has constituted 17 Flying Squads from its Officers with DDE Zones as head of Team and two SPEs/DEO from other Zones to assist them during examinations for checking the effective implementation & enforcement of Zero Tolerance during the exams. Department has identified 127 schools for centralized inspection.

Government of Delhi, in addition, has constituted 12 Flying squads headed by SDMs and DDE Zones to assist them in all the Revenue Districts to inspect oversee the orderly conduct of the exams. These teams shall be visiting at least 60 schools in next 10 days.

Total 220 Inspections have been carried out during SA-I/ First term examination from 19/09/2016 to 21/09/2016 to ensure orderly Exams.

Delhi Govt. to provide Rs. 1 crore compensation to families of Delhi Fire Service who lose their lives in the line of service

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting on Wednesday chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal took the following decision :


Delhi Fire Service personnel will now be covered in the existing policy of providing Rs one crore compensation to the families of those personnel of uniformed services losing their lives in performing dangerous duties in the national capital.

Delhi Govt. to give bravery awards on Independence Day and Republic Day, every year

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting on Wednesday chaired by the Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal took the following decision :

Delhi government introduces its bravery awards to be given on Independence Day and Republic every year. Ten awards each will be given and will carry a cash award of Rs two lakh each. Members of the public will have a right to send nominations for these awards.

Delhi Govt. conducts massive #FoggingAbhiyaan in lieu of BJP’s MCD

Fogging drive picks up on the second day; number of machines increased to cover more areas

On the second day of the special fogging drive on Friday to eliminate mosquitoes which spread vector borne diseases like Chikungunya and Dengue, the PWD deployed professional agencies which used around 200 small machines and 25 big machines for carrying out the work in different parts of Delhi.

Special Fogging work in the areas maintained by the Municipal Corporations of Delhi had begun on Thursday. The drive is being supervised by PWD engineers on the ground quite vigorously and in right earnest to give relief to the public of Delhi from the spread of these vector borne diseases. The fogging will be done in every street and locality on alternate days.

The drive has been planned in a way that at least seven to eight fogging machines will be operational in every constituency at a given time in next few days.

The Delhi government initiative is being appreciated by the residents of Delhi according to the feedback being received regularly.

The government has made it clear that the special fogging drive is to supplement the efforts of the civic agencies, since given the feedback there is a great demand from the public to fumigate their respective residential areas.

The government is hopeful of positive contribution from all the civic agencies in ensuring relief to the public. Prevention from vector borne diseases is a priority at the current juncture.

(Photographs of the fogging drive are being regularly shared by the PWD teams on the ground)

Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal urges LG to recall DERC Chairman and not reverse pro-people power sector decisions

  1. I have carefully perused the directions of Hon’ble Lt. Governor on pre-page and wish to submit the following for the kind consideration of the Hon’ble Lt. Governor.
  1. The constitution of the said Selection Committee as well as the process of selection was carried outin accordance with the provisions of the Electricity Act. However, Hon’ble Lt. Governor has taken the view that since his approval was not taken for constitution of the Selection Committee and final selection from the penal of two candidates as recommended by the Selection Committee, the entire process has been vitiated and needs to be started afresh.  On the other hand, our reading of the laws and the Transaction of Business Rules suggests that no such prior approval of the Hon. Lt. Governor is mandated by law or rules.    Hence, the proposals were not submitted for his approval.


  1. In the meanwhile, the Hon’ble High Court has held that it is mandatory to obtain the views/concurrence of the Hon’ble Lt. Governor in such matters, though it has not referred to any requirement of “approval”. As the Hon. Lt. Governor is aware, the said judgment of the High court has been challenged before the Hon’ble Supreme Court and is likely to come up for final hearing in early November. Since the matter is sub judice, it would only be appropriate that we may await the final orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court.


  1. While the outcome of the Supreme Court proceedings is awaited, I wish to request the Hon’ble Lt. Governor to kindly review the matter in public interest for the reasons stated below.


  1. As noted above, the entire selection process was conducted in a fair and transparent manner and in full conformity with law while bearing public interest in mind. There is not an iota of mala fide, bias or other irregularity in the process.   The Selection Committee was headed by a retired High Court Judge and included the Chairman, CERC and the Chief Secretary as Members.   The panel of the two names recommended by the Selection Committee was considered and a reasoned decision was taken for final selection of Shri Krishna Saini.


  1. The only infirmity observed by the Hon’ble Lt. Governor is the lack of approval by him. Copies of both the Appointment Order of the Selection Committee and Appointment Order of Chairman was duly sent to the Hon’ble Lt. Governor. Neither any objection was raised by the Hon. Lt. Governor nor were the relevant files called. The Hon’ble Lt. Governor is aware, this is a curable defect, even if we assume that it was a defect.   Thus, I would urge the Hon’ble Lt. Governor to review his order in the matter.


  1. Furthermore, it may be noted that the entire process of appointment was under the scrutiny of the Hon. High Court in two PILs. At every stage i.e. issue of advertisement, constitution of Selection Committee and final selection of Chairman, the progress of developments, including seeking of the ex-post facto approval, were apprised to the Hon’ble High Court and the Government was allowed to make the said appointment, subject to the outcome of writ petition.  Though stay of the selection process was sought, it was never granted by the Hon’ble High Court.


  1. You are aware that since his appointment as Chairman, Sh Saini had taken a number of measures in the interest of consumers which inter alia include (i) amendment of Supply Code to provide for payment of compensation by Discoms to consumers for unscheduled power outages; (ii) amendment of Supply Code easing the Maximum Demand Indicator (MDI) regulations and making them consumer friendly; (iii) Proposal to allow individual metering in co-operative societies so that individual consumers can avail benefit of Delhi Government’s subsidy scheme; and (iv) imposing penalty on Discoms for various lapses etc. Many more consumer friendly measures were in the process. It seems evident that declaring the appointment as void ab initio after a period of over six months may lead to serious difficulties as all decisions of DERC taken during this period will also become null and void, leading to serious problems for the power sector in Delhi, especially huge adverse impact on the consumers. This could not have been the intention of the Hon’ble Lt. Governor.


  1. I would, therefore, urge the Hon. Lt. Governor to kindly reconsider his said directions in public interest and, if required, call me for discussion at his convenience.


(Arvind Kejriwal)

Chief Minister




Tourism Minister @KapilMishraAAP launches first Bharat International Travel Bazaar with ITB Berlin – world’s largest travel trade show

  • Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra launches first Bharat International Travel Bazaar (BITB) with ITB-Berlin (world’s largest travel trade fair)
  • First Indian collaboration to bring world’s largest travel trade show to Delhi
  • BITB 2016 spread over 5000 sqm, space and will be home to some 300 products across verticals
  • BITB to transform Delhi’s image in the world tourism and travel industry
  • Travel industry experts like KB Kachroo, Rakesh Mathur, Kapil Kaul, Laily Matthew and Naveen Berry endorse and hail Delhi Government’s first tie-up in India for an international trade show to be transformational for the industry

About Bharat International Tourism Bazaar

Bharat International Tourism Bazaar signals the arrival of Delhi as one of the great cities in the world, which hosts world-class tourism events. With the signing of BITB with ITB Berlin, as powering the show, it has given an instant recognition to the city, as a growing centre for travel and tourism.

New Delhi has much going for it as a tourist city, with its age old heritage and culture. It is also a truly cosmopolitan centre. It has so much to offer – world class medical facilities, some of the best universities in this part of the world, and so much living history, in terms of cuisines, cultures. The city has some of the best MICE facilities, and even more are in the offing.

Beyond being a famous world tourist city, it now also has a world class tourism exhibition to boast of. It means that over the years, it will also become the centre for buying and selling world travel. Not just the destination in itself, but also for domestic, inbound and also outbound. It will also become a pronounced gateway for the country as a whole, as IGIA gets into its next phase of expansion.

ITB is the world leader in this business. It has matured over 50 long years into what it is today. Over 1 million sqm net space sold every year, it is the annual pilgrimage for worldwide destinations to meet and do business. It has a waiting list for many years now, as it has no more space left to offer. The city of Berlin comes alive to the world of travel. ITB is owned by Messe Berlin, which in turn is owned by the city of Berlin. In some ways, it is like ITPO owning Pragati Maidan, and ITPO running some of its own exhibitions. India has been participating at ITB for many years. Ten years ago, India was the partner country, and the MoT has announced its intention to partner again in the near future.

ITB Berlin has a sister event in Singapore, in association with the Singapore Government. It has also announced its China show, slated for May next year in Shanghai. The India show, in New Delhi, is happening almost a year before its China launch. A strong ITB team will be around the BITB show.

So what does the first edition of BITB look like? We believed that September-October is the best time for Indian businesses, and were very mindful of the right timing, even if it meant working to a tight squeezed schedule. We had less than four months to work on it. BITB is very pleased with its success for a first time show. It has proved to be an incredible success; the benchmarks it has set for the first year are a pointer that the show will grow from strength to strength. There are learning curves, yes, and these will be studied carefully, and implemented upon.

BITB 2016 is spread over 5000 sqm, space and will be home to some 300 products across verticals, the show template of partners and exhibitors is proof of the massive support it has enjoyed from the industry.

The show has the endorsement of both Incredible India and also Make in India. Air India is the official carrier; Indigo is the domestic airline partner. Delhi is the host city partner, recognizing the importance this event will provide to the city in the years ahead.

The Indian organizer is Cross Section Media, innovating in tourism since 1975.

Delhi Govt. to organise Jashn-E-Sarson to celebrate Organic Mustard on Gandhi Jayanti at Dilli Haat INA #ThisWeekInAAP

Delhi Government to organise Jashn-E-Sarson to celebrate Organic Mustard on Gandhi Jayanti at Dilli Haat INA

  • Delhi Government to organise Jashn-E-Sarson on Gandhi Jayanti at Dilli Haat INA
  • Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra to inform the public about Delhi Government’s stand on GM Mustard
  • Tourism and Art and Culture Language Departments to celebrate organic mustard, its products and host a cultural program
  • Famous protest poet Sambhaji Bhagat and Qawalli troupe to perform on October 2nd evening
  • Delhi Government invites citizens of Delhi to give their views on GM mustard and celebrate India’s organic mustard
  • Delhi Government to also personally invite state agriculture ministers, famous religious heads, political leaders and members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies to give their views on mustard

About GM Mustard and Jash-E-Sarson

GM (Genetically Modified) mustard, which has reportedly been given a safety stamp by a technical sub-committee of India’s apex regulatory body called Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC). The GEAC is at present collecting public feedback (until October 5th 2016) on the report of the sub-committee before it takes a final decision.

Delhi Government, given the various technical and other concerns pertaining to the safety and other issues related to this GM mustard, has already taken a stand against any potential approval for its commercial cultivation. The Deputy Chief Minister, Delhi Government, had written to the Prime Minister elaborating on these concerns and asking the Centre not to compromise farmers’ livelihoods, the country’s agriculture, citizens’ health and our environment in any manner, with regard to this GM mustard.

Given this background, and the need to reiterate the importance of mustard in our everyday lives in India, in our culture and agriculture, Delhi Government is organizing a one-day festival called “JASHN-E-SARSON” on October 2nd 2016. This festival will be informative as well as celebratory, even as it also creates a platform for various stakeholders to present their views on GM mustard.

Citizens, activists, civil society and anyone who is part of the coalition to preserve India’s culture, agriculture and traditional forms of cultivation is extended a warm invitation to join us in this Festival at Dilli Haat (Opp. INA Market, New Delhi).

जश्न ए सरसो

दिल्ली सरकार ने इस बार जश्न ए सरसो के आयोजन का निर्णय लिया है।

जश्न ए सरसो एक Celebration उस गहरे रिश्ते का जो सरसों और हिंदुस्तानी कला और संस्कृति में हज़ारो सालों से चला आ रहा है।

इस कार्यक्रम में सांस्कृतिक कार्यक्रम, सरसो से जुड़े अलग अलग राज्यो की संस्कृति और सरसों के अलग अलग व्यंजन रखे जाएंगे।

इसी कार्यक्रम के दौरान लोगो को सरसो से जुडी कई रोचक बातों के बारे में बताया जायेगा।

दिल्ली सरकार द्वारा सरसो के GM mustard बीजो पर जो आधिकारिक स्टैंड लिया गया है उसके बारे में भी लोगो को जानकारी देने की व्यवस्था की जायेगी।

इसी के साथ साथ, GM Mustard बीजो पर लोगो की राय भी जानने का प्रयास किया जायेगा जिसे बाद में केंद्र सरकार को भेजा जा सकता हैं। केंद्र सरकार ने पांच अक्टूबर तक लोगो से GM mustard पर राय देने का निवेदन भी किया हुआ है।

Delhi Govt. enforces strong measures to bring transparency in public distribution scheme and ration stores #ThisWeekInAAP

Holding the interim of Food and Civil Supplies Department, Water Minister Kapil Mishra announced the following instructions to be implemented by the Department across Delhi:

  1. In the next 7 days, all ration stores should put a large information board outside their stores which will clearly define the working hours of the store as well as the weekly off.
  2. The store will display prominently the license number, inventory stock of all commodities and their prices in clear words outside the store.
  3. The porcess and location for grievance notification and redressal should be communicated clearly.
  4. A complaints register is to be maintained in each and every store.
  5. Any ration card holder has the right to look at the stock register, sale register, ration card register and cash memos in their ration store
  6. Every FSO (Food and Supply Officer) will have to conduct a public townhall on the first and third Saturday of every month. This report will be submitted to the minister via the Commissioner
  7. All MLAs have been asked to conduct the monthly meeting of the ration committees. The Vidhan Sabha Ration Committee has been asked to submit their report via the Commissioner to the Food and Civil Supplies Minister

फ़ूड एंड सीविल सप्लाई मंत्रालय द्वारा आज नए निर्देश जारी किये गए हैं –

1. अगले 7 दिनों के अंदर सभी राशन की दुकानों के बाहर बड़े बड़े अक्षरों में सूचना बोर्ड लगाने होंगे जिनमे दुकान के खुलने और बंद होने का समय व साप्ताहिक अवकाश का दिन स्पष्ट लिखा हो।

2. दुकान के बाहर लाइसेंस न. , सभी कमोडिटीज का उपलब्ध स्टॉक, उनका दाम स्पष्ट लिखना जरुरी।

3. शिकायत कहाँ करनी है, कैसे करनी है, इसका पूरा डिटेल बताना आवश्यक

4. एक शिकायत रजिस्टर हर दूकान में रखा होना जरुरी।

5. कोई भी राशन कार्ड धारक अपनी दुकान का स्टॉक रजिस्टर, सेल रजिस्टर, राशन कार्ड रजिस्टर और केश मेमो देखने व जांच करने का हकदार है।

6. हर FSO को महीने के पहले और तीसरे शनिवार जान सुनवाई करनी ही होगी व हर जनसुनवाई की रिपोर्ट कमिश्नर के माध्यम से मंत्री तक आएगी।

7. सभी विधायकों को राशन कमिटी की मासिक मीटिंग अवश्य करने के निर्देश भेजे गए है।  विधानसभा की राशन कमिटी की रिपोर्ट कमिश्नर के माध्यम से मंत्री तक आएगी।