Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal to ensure disbursal and audit of SC/ST scholarships and schemes

    CHIEF MINISTER REVIEWS PROPER DISBURSEMENT OF SC/ST SCHOLARSHIPS & DIRECTS FOOLPROOF MEASURES

·        SET -UP/HIRE A CALL CENTRE FOR EXTENDING TO HELP SC/ST STUDENTS SEEKING SCHOLARSHIPS- CHIEF MINISTER DIRECTS SC/SC DEPARTMENT

·        CHIEF MINISTER EXPRESSES HIS DEEP CONCERN OVER DELAY IN DISBURSAL OF SC/ST SCHOLARSHIPS

New Delhi: 22/09/2017

Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal today took a review meeting to take stock of the disbursements of SC/ST Scholarship in Delhi. The meeting was attended by the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of the SC/ST Department.

Shri Kejriwal instructed to set-up/hire a call centre for helping SC/ST students/applicants for seeking SC/ST Scholarships. He also asked the officials to ensure that SMSes and IVRs are sent to all applicants for the said scholarships. The call centres will be trained to execute the task in a flawless manner. They will be tasked with getting in touch with all applicants of the scholarship and solve their issues.

A helpline number should be issued to the applicants to submit their complaints if any in getting the scholarship, said the Chief Minister. He further directed that all calls to the helpline should be recorded and transcribed and all grievances should be resolved within 48 to 72 hours of the complaint lodged.

The Chief Minister expressed unhappiness over the delay in disbursal of SC/ST Scholarships last year and said that it should not be repeated. He directed the Chief Secretary and the departmental Secretary to take all measures to ensure that the scholarships are disbursed smoothly and on time.

Delhi CM @ArvindKejriwal clears 93 STPs; allocates land for 348 Mohalla Clinics in DJB Board Meeting

  • In a landmark decision, DJB removes restriction of 10 connections per building  

 

·        Board approves Rs 10 lakh compensation to families of victims of sewer deaths since 1993

·        93 decentralised STPs cleared

·        DJB gives approval for 348 Mohalla Clinics on its locations

  • The Board also approved Rs. 10.49 Crore for setting up of Hydro Power Projects

 

The 132nd Board meeting of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) was held at the Delhi Secretariat on Friday, under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal.

The meeting was attended by the DJB Vice Chairman, CEO DJB, Members of the DJB and other senior officials of the Delhi Jal Board.

The Board took the following important decisions in the meeting:

·         The Board removed the cap of 10-water connections in one building. There are several building in Delhi which have more than 10-flats and thus it was decided to do away with the cap to make every resident get a legal connection irrespective of the number of flats/connections in the building. This will not only help everyone get a valid water connection, but will also get huge number of consumers who were otherwise using illegal connections in the revenue net.

·         The Board approved setting up of 93 decentralised STPs.

·         The Board approved the payment of remaining conditions of the 7th pay commission to its employees. The remaining conditions include – HRA, TA, FPA, NPA etc.

·         The Board also approved Rs. 10.49 Crore for setting up of Hydro Power Projects. The Hydro power projects would generate 397 Kilo Watt power every year.

·         The Board approved Water Audit through flow-meter. The flow-meters would be installed at various points from Water treatment plant to consumer end to measure & check leakages, unauthorised tappings etc. The total budget approved for the audit is Rs. 222 Crore.

·         The Board also gave in-principle approval to 348 Mohalla Clinics at Delhi Jal Board locations.

·         The Board also approved payment of compensation of Rs. 10 lakh to those who died during sewer works since 1993.

·         The Board also approved installation of new water & sewer lines in several areas:

Ø  New sewer lines to be laid in Madhu Vihar with a cost of Rs. 63.5 crore. It will benefit 55,000 people.

Ø  New sewer lines in Shiv Enclave group of colonies with a cost of Rs. 37.9 crore. It will benefit 1 lakh people.

Ø  Water pipeline change in Kirari constituency from Kirari UGR to Mubarakpur at a cost of Rs. 11.84 crore, this will benefit 2.5 lakh people in 83 unauthorised colonies and three rural villages. This will solve the problems of pressure and contamination in the area.

Ø  New sewer line in Rajnagar Extension II in Bijwasan at the cost of Rs. 24.85 crore. The length of the line will be 38 Kms.

Ø  New sewer line in Dharampura group of colonies, Roshan Garden in Najafgarh constituency at the cost of Rs. 17.47 crore. The total length will be 29.5 Kms.

Ø  New sewer line in Gokulpur, Karawal Nagar and Mustafabad at a cost of Rs. 26.3 crore. This line will pass 7.5 MGD of waste water in Yamuna Vihar STP.

Ø   Rehabilitation of 8.5 kms trunk sewers in Anand Vihar, Narwana Road, Hargobind Enclave and Vikas Marg at a cost of Rs. 55.4 crore.

Ø  Rehabilitation of 7 kms trunk sewer in Jhilmil Colony at the cost of Rs. 77.22 crore.

Ø  New sewer line in Vikaspuri Group of Colonies – Mohan Garden, Hastsal enclave, Vikas Nagar, Vidya Vihar and Rajhans Vihar at a cost of Rs. 62 crore. The total length will be 124 kms.

Ø  New sewer line in Kamruddin Nagar at the cost of Rs. 77 crore. Length will be 94 kms.

CM meets senior officials of DJB; reviews planning for decentralised STPs

The Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Monday held a meeting with senior officials of Delhi Jal Board (DJB) at the Delhi Secretariat and took a follow-up of several decisions taken in the previous meeting with the DJB Officials.

 

The Delhi Jab Board Officials informed the Chief Minister that as of now around 600 locations has been identified in unauthorised colonies, villages and other areas of Delhi for decentralised STPs.

These 600 locations are the first phase of the huge number of decentralised STPs to be set-up all over Delhi, especially in the unauthorised colonies. DJB has to identify locations all over Delhi in huge numbers for decentralised STPs.

Decentralised STPs will be installed and treated water will be used for different purposes like water body recharge, horticulture and other non-potable uses.

A day after taking charge of the Water Ministry, the Chief Minister had visited three decentralised Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in the NDMC area. He visited the STPS in Nehru Park, Satya Sadan and NP Bangali Government School in Gole Market and has asked DJB to come with a roadmap for decentralised STPs all over Delhi.

The decentralised STPs would not only solve the crisis faced due to Sewage, but will also produce huge amount of recycled water.

SDM report identifies six major lapses in Gandhi Nagar school incident

SDM report identifies six major lapses in Gandhi Nagar school incident

 An incident of rape of a minor girl in a MCD recognized school in Gandhi Nagar was reported.

Revenue Minister Mr Kailash Gahlot had directed the SDM, Vivek Vihar, to conduct an inquiry to find out as to whose negligence lead to this unfortunate accident.  He was also directed to suggest the measures to avoid such incidents in future in school premises.

The report of the SDM has been received and is being forwarded to the Deputy Chief Minister Mr Manish Sisodia for his perusal and to decide the further course of action.

            Following major lapses have been identified by the SDM in the functioning of the school building :-

1.      Unhindered access given to the accused to all the areas of school.  The accused was working for the school, though formal appointment letter does not appear to have been issued by the school.  The movement of the accused and other such non-teaching employees was required to be restricted so that he does not have any contact with the school children;

2.      The room of the Nursery Class where the incident happened, should have been locked after the Nursery Class timings were over.  Unlocked pitch-dark class room of the school facilitated the accused in his nefarious intentions;

3.      Non-coverage of the whole school building under CCTV Cameras reduced the deterrence effect;

4.      The accused had been working in the school for almost 2.5 years without undergoing any kind of verification and background check by the school authorities / police;

5.      EDMC has not taken any action against the school for undertaking classes in un-recognized areas of school building;

6.      The last Safety Audit was conducted by the School Inspector of EDMC in December 2016.  However, the Safety Audit Report does not have any parameters with regard to the police verification of employees, installation of CCTV Cameras, entry/exit restrictions for unauthorized people etc.

CM @ArvindKejriwal reviews important development works in Delhi Govt.

Chief Minister reviews important developmental works of all departments

·        Chief Minister takes review meeting with all cabinet colleagues

·        Review meetings also with several departments and their HoDs

·        All major projects of the government reviewed on Wednesday

 New Delhi: 20/09/2017

Delhi Chief Minister, Shri Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday reviewed important and major works of all departments in a review meeting with all his cabinet colleagues.

In the meeting with ministers Shri Kejriwal took stock of all the flagship programmes of his government.

Performance and movement of all the critical projects were discussed ministry-wise in the meeting. Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia, Ministers Shri Satyendar Jain, Shri Gopal Rai, Shri Rajendar Pal Gautam, Shri Imran Hussain and Shri Kailash Gahlot were present during the meeting.

Shri Kejriwal took stock of key projects like Mohalla Clinics, Security of School Children, Education, development in unauthorised colonies among others.

The Ministers apprised the Chief Minister on the developments on the key programmes.

EDUCATION

The Chief Minister was informed about the plan to install CCTV cameras in all schools of Delhi, the blueprint for which is being prepared and the work is scheduled to be completed at a fast pace. He was also informed about the steps being taken and the progress to ensure security of children in schools.

The CM asked for the NDMC model to be studied, which has been successful in NDMC schools and all stakeholders, including parents have expressed satisfaction at the CCTVs in these schools.

The CM has asked for a special campaign to help students who are not doing well in studies and have been forced to appear in examination through correspondence. He said the number of such students is high and they need help, which the government should provide.

MOHALLA CLINICS/CLINICS IN SCHOOLS

The CM reviewed the progress for setting-up Mohalla Clinics in government schools and has asked the department to finalise its proposal at the earliest. He also asked the officials to fast track the next phase of Mohalla Clinics.

 

HEALTH  

 

The CM took stock of the functioning of existing Mohalla Clinics and directed the Health Department to take note of complaints/shortcomings if any and resolve these by the end of the month.

Further, the CM said tests prescribed for these clinics should start at the earliest and shortage of doctors should be removed.

He reviewed the decisions which were taken in the meeting with the Medical Superintendents of all Delhi Government hospitals last month. He directed the Chief Secretary to remove all hurdles in the way of filling up of vacancies in government hospitals. Further, he directed the health department to ensure more counters for free medicines to ease the rush at the hospital medicine counters.

UNAUTHORISED COLONIES

The Chief Minister also reviewed the progress of development works in the Unauthorised colonies. He directed the Finance Department to ensure that DSIIDC and Irrigation & Flood Control, the nodal departments for carrying out developmental works in Unauthorised colonies do not face any hurdles due to lack of funds.

SOCIAL WELFARE

The CM has asked for the list of all the Social Schemes (SC, ST and Welfare) to check for its proper implementation.

Delhi government Mega PTM organised in all schools; parents throng schools in large numbers

 

New Delhi: 01/09/2017

Delhi government successfully organised this year’s first Mega Parent Teacher Meeting (PTM) on Friday in all its 1041 schools.

After introducing the concept in government schools the last year, Mega PTMs have assumed an important platform for interaction between teachers and parents in Delhi’s government schools. The turnout of parents and children in today’s PTMs across the city was very encouraging.

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia visited several government schools in Hari Nagar and Shakti Nagar to interact with parents, children and teachers.

After his interactions, he said “It is evident that the parent teacher engagement which the government aimed to institutionalise through Mega PTMs has been achieved. We are happy that this exercise, which used to be limited to big private schools, has now become an integral part of the culture of government schools. I congratulate all Principals and teachers for making this Mega PTM a success.”

Delhi government Mega PTMs have attained a special importance in Delhi. The government makes an effort to reach out to parents of children in government schools through FM radio and newspaper ads, in which the Education Minister himself invites parents to schools. Schools are directed to warmly welcome all parents, by offering them refreshments. In today’s PTM as well, the festive atmosphere was on display, with school gates decorated and welcome parties of school children placed at school lobbies, to welcome parents into the school.

Mega PTMs have had a tremendous social impact in Delhi. Parents of children studying in government schools now feel a sense of pride that their schools are comparable to expensive private schools. Parents can also freely enter schools to meet and interact with teachers. The Delhi government is committed to transforming government schools, in order to ensure access to quality education to every child in Delhi.

 

CM @ArvindKejriwal directs immediate mandatory steps for providing life support systems for critical patients in government hospitals

 Chief Minister Mr Arvind Kejriwal has directed the health minister Mr Satyendar Jain to submit a concrete action plan within a week to ensure that critical patients requiring life support do not have to run around hospital in times of crises.

Taking cognizance of a newspaper report which highlighted that the life of a newborn child could not be saved since four government hospitals refused to admit the child citing lack of critical care beds with ventilator facilities, the Chief Minister has asked the health minister to place the action plan before him till the month-end.

The primary objective of this concrete action plan will be to ensure that the live data of functional critical care facilities in all Delhi government hospitals is readily and easily available in the first place.   

It has been noticed in a number of cases that family members/relatives/friends of patients in critical conditions, who rush them to hospitals are turned away citing the common excuses of either lack of facilities or non-availability of beds. Now the ordeal starts for the family. They do not have information as to where would such facility be available. Family members are forced to rush critical patients from one hospital to another, till any hospital if at all, agrees to admit such patients.

It is an unacceptable scenario, since helpless family members keep running from pillar to post and critical time, in which the life of a serious patient could have been saved, is often lost.    

The Chief Minister has asked the health minister to include in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that the hospital where a critical patient is first brought for admission, will ensure that the patient gets immediate life saving care.

He has further directed that from now on, if for some justified reason, like any hospital lacking life saving facilities or non availability of beds when a patient in a critical condition is brought for admission, then it will be the mandatory emergency duty of that hospital to find out in which other hospital such a facility is available, and it should be part of the clearly laid down Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) that the patient is sent to that hospital without any delay.

The hospital will have to ensure shifting of the patient. He has made it clear that loss of lives due lack of facilities in the hospitals of Delhi is unacceptable since the government is committed to provide best health care for the residents of the national capital, and it has allocated nearly Rs 6,000 crore in the current financial year for the health sector.

Delhi LG keeps Dy CM @msisodia in the dark on teachers’ recruitment; files intentionally kept away from elected govt!

  • Deputy CM replies to hon’ble LG’s letter on the issue of teachers recruitment

·         Shri Manish Sisodia also met the hon’ble LG on this issue on Friday

·         Deputy CM has pointed out he was kept in the dark on teachers recruitment process

·         Shri Sisodia says hon’ble LG is the guardian and it is sad that ministers are not told about services matters related decisions even of their departments  

·         Officers told Deputy CM they were under instructions not to show any Service matter related file to ministers

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia has replied to the letter of the hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi on the issue of recruitment process for appointment of teachers in Delhi government schools by the DSSSB.

Shri Sisodia has written that Education is the first priority of the Elected Government and it is  working day-and-night to improve the government schools of Delhi.

“The Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor is a guardian for all of us who are in public office and it is very saddening that when the Hon’ble LG takes decisions regarding teachers recruitment – that deeply affect government schools – and does not even call us for a discussion,” the Deputy Chief Minister wrote.

“Is it illegitimate of us to expect that he will at least consult us on issues related to public good? While the Hon’ble LG is the final authority on service matters, it would be in the interest of the citizens of Delhi, if he was to at least call the Chief Minister and the Minister-in-Charge for a discussion on issues that affect the people of this city,” Shri Sisodia further stated.

The Deputy CM wrote that as the Minister-in-Charge, he too is deeply concerned at the delays in ensuring regular teachers in Delhi government schools. As the hon’ble LG has rightly said, it has been more than six weeks since the recruitment process was put on hold.

Shri Sisodia has elaborated on the reasons for delay in the recruitment of teachers, and pointed out that though the hon’ble LG has stated that he put the recruitment process on hold due to the Deputy CM’s letter, but “I was never informed by his office that the recruitment process has been put on hold or that he had asked for a proposal to consider the policy for weightage for Guest Teachers.”

The Deputy CM has stated that he got to know about the process being put on hold from a newspaper advertisement of DSSSB. “I got to know about a policy being considered for Guest Teachers weeks later, when I received the file from the Law Department. If I had been informed of either of these two developments by the office of the Hon’ble LG,, I would have personally supervised and expedited this process,”.

The Deputy CM stated that when he received the file from the Law Department, he saw that an erroneous opinion on the issue had been tendered on the basis of High Court judgments either overturned by the Supreme Court or judgments cited had been later stayed by higher courts.

The Deputy CM has informed the hon’ble LG that in these circumstances he had no other choice than to return the file, since as an elected representative it is his responsibility to ensure that correct policies are formulated for citizens of Delhi.

Shri Sisodia has further stated that he has been told by officers that they have clear instructions from the hon’ble LG’s office that they are not to follow any instructions from the Minister-in-Charge relating to any service matter of their Department.

“Maybe this is the reason why they did not start formulating a policy, and there is such a delay,” the Deputy CM wrote.

The Deputy CM has stated that Guest Teachers are an important foundation stone for the success of school education, and if the process of teachers recruitment is initiated without giving the Guest Teachers a path to regularisation, the process of improvement of government schools will come to a grinding halt.

“We have invested a lot of money and effort in their training and capacity building over the last two-and-a-half years. If the Guest Teachers who are currently teaching in our schools were to be replaced with completely fresh teachers, we would suffer quite a setback to our education reform process, and would need to re-start the process from scratch,” Mr Sisodia stated.

The Deputy CM has noted that if the services of these guest teachers are not regularised, then Delhi will lose the benefits of their experience.

Delhi Govt. rejoinder on malicious propaganda on Construction Welfare Workers Board

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Attention of the Department of Labour has been drawn towards some false, misleading and malicious allegations levelled by a political party with the intention to malign the Construction Workers Welfare Board.

All figures mentioned in the allegation are incorrect and it appears the concerned political party had done no homework before making wild allegations.

Correct facts are given below and all figures for the current year and two previous years are attached for clarity :

1)      The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi vide Notification No.DLC/CLA/BCW/01/19 dated 10.01.2002 notified the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers (RE & CS) Rules, 2002 and accordingly has constituted the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board vide Notification No.DLC/CLA/BCW/02/596 dated 02.09.2002. Accordingly, the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996 (hereinafter referred as the Cess Rules) have become operative w.e.f. January, 2002 in the whole of NCT of Delhi.

2.    As per section 2 (e) of the BOCW Act, “building worker” means a person who is employed to do any skilled, semi-skilled or unskilled, manual, supervisory, technical or clerical work for hire or reward, whether the terms of employment be expressed or implied, in connection with any building or other construction work but does not include any such person— (i) who is employed mainly in a managerial or administrative capacity; or (ii) who, being employed in a supervisory capacity, draws wages exceeding one thousand six hundred rupees per mensem or exercises, either by the nature of the duties attached to the office or by reason of the powers vested in him, functions mainly of a managerial nature;

3.    As per Section 12 (1) of the BOCW Act and Rule 266 of “The Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2002” every building worker who has completed eighteen years of age, but has not completed sixty years of age, and who is not a member in any other welfare fund established under any law for the time being in force and who has completed ninety days of service as a building worker in the year immediately preceding shall be eligible for membership in the Fund.

4.    The worker has to submit the certificate for his/her employment for 90 days during preceding year from one of the following person/establishment:-

(i)                 Certificate from the contractor.

(ii)               Certificate from the Assistant Labour Commissioner of the concerned area or by the Executive Officer of the Panchayat.

(iii)             Certificate issued by the registered construction worker union.

5.    Registration fees R 25 (5 Registration fees and 20 annual contribution)

6.    The entire functions of the Board i.e. registration/renewals of workers, processing of settlement of claims, issue of passbook etc. are being made in district office of Labour Department under the supervision of Joint Labour Commissioner/ Deputy Labour Commissioner, by following procedure laid down in “The Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers’ (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Rules, 2002”.