Delhi residents to continue getting 20,000 litres of free water per household every month #3YearsOfAAPGovernance

·         Delhi residents to continue getting 20,000 litres of free water per household every month

·         After two years of zero hike, the DJB announces a 20% combined increase in water tariffs & sewer charges for those consuming above 20,000 litres per month from Feb 2018

·         New rates will be effective from 1st February 2018

New Delhi: 26/12/2017

The Delhi Jal Board in its 135th Board meeting held on Tuesday (December 26, 2017) decided to continue its three year-old scheme for providing 20,000 litres of water FREE to every household per month with a metered connection.

The DJB, in the past has been following the practice of hiking water charges by 10% every year and the last such hike was in January 2015. There was no hike in 2016 and 2017 and this hike is for the year 2018; only hike for three years (2016, 2017 and 2018).

The present government since it assumed office on 14th February 2015 did not allow hike till now.

In Tuesday’s Board meeting it was decided that in keeping with the expenditure incurred due to implementation of Seventh pay Commission and execution of ambitious projects, a marginal combined hike of 20 % for those consuming over 20,000 litres per month along with sewer charges be implemented from 1st February.

The tariff for water above 20,000 litres per month was earlier Rs. 286.89, now after the increase it will be Rs. 315.05; the increase will be Rs. 28.16 per month.

Similarly, for consuming 23,000 of water per month earlier costed Rs 465.55 per month, it will now be Rs. 514.79 per month; an increase of Rs. 49.24 per month. For consumption of 25,000 litres of water per month, the bill now will be Rs. 599.14 which earlier used to be Rs. 535.86; an increase of Rs. 63.28 per month.

  Delhi Government intensified crack down on corruption and dereliction of duty during ACB control #3YearsOfAAPGovernance

  Delhi Government intensifies crack down on corruption and dereliction of duty

·          Delhi Jal Board suspends three officials over charges of corruption and hands over the case to ACB for registration of FIR

·          Health & PWD minister suspends an executive engineer and an assistant engineer over misreporting and dereliction of duties at Lal Bahadur Hospital in East Delhi

 New Delhi: 24/03/2015

The Delhi government on Tuesday intensified  its crackdown on corrupt and erring officials.

 The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has suspended three officials on charges of corruption and has also decided to refer this case to the Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) for immediate registration of an FIR and further investigation to ascertain the loss caused to the DJB by their act of corruption.

 The three allegedly connived in sewer-line projects. The projects were only on papers and no work was done on ground.

 Those placed under suspension are – one executive engineer (SP Singh), one assistant engineer Surender Pal Singh Rana) and one accounts officer (Jai Pal Sharma)

 The case came to light after the DJB ordered special audit of the works executed by Sewer Development Works Division by the Board. Audit reports were later forwarded to the vigilance department.

 Vigilance department inspected some works executed in the years 2012-13and 2013-14. It was found that the following two works were not executed at the sites mentioned on paper during inspections :

 1)     Supply of V notches for 35.6 metre diameter final settling tank at 3 Million Gallon per day (MGD) STP Vasant Kunj.

2)     Repairing of main header line and allied works at Raw Water Sewage Pump House at STP Vasant Kunj Sector A

 It has also been decided to blacklist the contractors who executed these works

 Health & PWD minister’s surprise check at hospital

  Health and PWD minister, Mr. Satyendra Jain, conducted a surprise check at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital following  complaints from the MLAs of Patparganj, Kondli and Trilokpuri (Mr. Manish Sisodia, Manoj Kumar and Raju Dhingan respectively).

 During his surprise visit, Mr. Jain found that the maintenance was very slack at the hospital and after ascertaining facts from concerned departments and officials, he placed under suspension, Mr. Vivek Verma, the assistant engineer responsible for the maintenance.

 An executive engineer, Mr. Abhishek Kumar Singha, was also placed under suspension at the same hospital for misreporting facts before the minister. Mr. Singha was asked to update the status of construction at the hospital and was asked since how long it had been going on ?

This executive engineer told the minister that the construction had started just three months back. However, when the minister found out from senior officials and hospital authorities that the construction was going since more than a year, this officer was suspended for misrepresentation of facts and the unexplainable delay in completion of work in an important place like a hospital.

Delhi government to make efforts to reduce pendency of cases in consumer forums   #3YearsOfAAPGovernance

Delhi government to make efforts to reduce pendency of cases in consumer forums  

Consumer Affairs Minister, Shri Imran Hussain on Tuesday reviewed the functioning of Consumer Affairs Department, Delhi State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission, Delhi and various District Consumer Forums.

The meeting was attended by Commissioner, Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs (CFS) and several senior officers of the Department.

During the meeting, the officers informed that the Department is vigorously pursuing identification of adequate space for the functioning of four Benches of the Commission. Consumer Affairs Department is actively pursuing finalization of space with various land owning agencies viz. PWD, DUSIB, DSIIDC etc. A high level meeting was also convened by the Minister in this regard recently wherein Principal Secretary (PWD) assured necessary cooperation in this regard.

Commissioner Food Safety informed that the new site will be finalised in consultation with Hon’ble Justice, Veena Birbal, President, Delhi State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission and State Government at the earliest.

The new site will be not only convenient to the Presiding Officers of the Benches but also to the public.

For the convenience of Consumers and general public, Delhi Goverment has set-up Consumer Courts in every District. Presently, there are 10 District Consumer Forumsfunctioning in various parts of Delhi.

These District Forums are located at Tis Hazari Court for North District; UdyogSadan, Qutub Institutional Area for South -I and South II Districts; Convenient Shopping Centre, Shalimar Bag for North-West District; C Block Community Centre, Janakpuri for West District; Weavers Complex, NandNagari for North-East District; VikasBhawan, I.P. Estate for New Delhi District; Local Shopping Centre, Sheikh Sarai –II for South West District; ISBT Building, Kashmere Gate for Central District and Convenient Shopping Centre, Saini Enclave for East District.

The Minister enquired about out the status of functioning of South-West District Forum. Presently it is functioning from South District. Department informed that with the assistance of PWD, Department is in the process of finalizing a location in Dwarka at the earliest. Mr Hussain reiterated his earlier directionsto the Department to expedite the efforts for shifting this District Consumer Forum to a site located in the South-West District itself.

Shri Hussain also enquired about the status of operationalization of new District Consumer Forum approved by Cabinet for Shahdara District.CFS informed that the Consumer Affairs Department is vigorously pursuing the matter with Hon’ble High Court of Delhi and District Judge Karkardooma Courts for starting the functioning of Consumer Forum Shahdara from the Court Complex so that the peoplecould avail consumer redressal mechanism in their neighbourhood only.

The minister also expressed his concern about  pendency and disposal of cases with Commission and District Consumer Forums. Around 6,000 cases are registered per year in the Commission and various District Consumer Forums and around 7,000 cases are disposed by them. Overall, there is pendency of about 18,000 cases.

The Consumer Affairs Department is in the process of devising a strategy for disposal of pending cases. It was informed that early disposal would require additional commitment of manpower, space, financial resources etc. and that a proposal in this regard is being examined by Law Department. Hon’ble Minister directed for expeditious working out of a proposal in this regard.

Shri Hussain also directed provision of sufficient staff for smooth functioning of the Commission and District Consumer Forums. The Minister also directed for creating separate cadre of staff for the State Commission and District Consumer Forums. The Department assured that the needful will be done expeditiously.

The Consumer Affairs Department of Government of NCT of Delhi is the nodal Department for consumer awareness, protection and welfare. Protection of consumer rights and redressal of grievances stands at the top of the governance agenda of Government of NCT of Delhi.

The Minister reiterated the commitment of Delhi Government for protection of consumer rights. Consumer Protection Act seeks to promote and protect the rights of consumers such as protection against marketing of goods which are hazardous to life and property; the right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods, as the case may be, so as to protect the consumers against unfair trade practices; the right to be assured, wherever possible, of access to variety of goods at competitive prices; the right to be heard and to be assured that the interest of consumers will receive due consideration at appropriate forums and the right to seek redressal against unfair trade practices or unscrupulous exploitation of consumers and right to consumer education.

The object of the Act is also to provide speedy and simple redressal to consumer disputes through machinery set up at District, State and Central Levels. These quasi-judicial bodies observe principles of natural justice and have been empowered to give relief of specific nature and to award, wherever appropriate, compensation to consumers.

The Minister appealed to Presidents and Members of State Commission and District Consumer Forums to redress the grievances of consumers under Consumer Protection Act in order to fulfil the aim and object of Consumer Protection Act for providing speedy and expeditious consumer redressal mechanism.

Nizami Bandhu present verses of Amir Khusrau and Kabir in Dastak by Delhi Government #3YearsOfAAPGovernance




New Delhi: 18/12/2017

The renowned qawwals – Nizami Bandhu presented their soulful performance at the Dastak initiative – an evening of musical performance organised by the Delhi government at Janakpuri today. Dastak is Delhi government’s attempt to democratise art and culture programmes and take them to all corners of the city.

At the event, the Deputy Chief Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Our focus has until now been on education sector but we have now also spread out towards Art, Culture and Languages. Culture and Education are the two pillars of a society. While education steers us ahead, culture keeps us grounded and keeps alive the soul of a society.”

The event was organised in a public park in Janakpuri and was attended by approximately 1500 people. Events organised under Dastak ensure that dance, music, theatre performances and other such cultural events are taken outside Central Delhi, to make art more accessible to Delhi’s citizens.

Mrs. Nimmi Malhotra, a resident of Janakpuri and a part of the audience at this performance, applauded the Delhi government’s attempt in bringing cultural events to her vicinity. She believed the initiative helped in bringing together the community and gave her an opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the event, with her neighbours.

The Nizami Bandhu sang verses of Khusrau and Kabir, to highlight the importance of communal harmony and peace within any society. Their soulful performance touched people’s hearts and an audience member claimed that cultural events such as these, that spread the message of brotherhood, are the need of the hour.

Shri Manish Sisodia also urged the audience to engage with the music, by saying, “Yeh ghoomne ki nahi, jhoomne ki mehfil hai”. Instead of being passive observers, the audience was requested to absorb the spirit of the music and let it shape their interaction with the society.

The next event under the Dastak initiative is a performance by Nizami brothers on 24th December, in Safdarjung Enclave. The event has already gathered much excitement amongst the people of Delhi.


Delhi Government organizes Children Festival at 100 locations acros Delhi #3YearsOfAAPGovernance




   New Delhi: 06 November, 2017

This year, the Government of Delhi has planned to organize the Children’s day on a large scale in the form of Dilli for Children Festival on 14th November. The Dilli for Children Festival will be organized at about 100 places in the entire Delhi. A number of amusement activities such as songs, dramas, sports activities, children plays, fun food and the other related children’s activities will mark the occasion.

Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Delhi, Shri Manish Sosodia while giving information about the festival, informed that this has been done to rope in the children of entire Delhi to come out their homes and engage in mood of masti, amusement and a taking part in the festival with full enthusiasm and energy.

Shri Sisodia also informed that Government has planned to declare public holiday on 14th November enable the parents to accompany their children while participating in the festivals.

A part from seeking co-operation from the parents, the Government has also sought co-operation from the RWAs, Market Associations, NGOs, Organizations engaged in cultural activities in supporting the Children and in organizing the Dilli for Children Festival and giving a helping hand in sponsoring the activities.

Shri Sisodia said that Delhi Government intends to dig-out the cultural, entertaining and sports skill of the children by way of ensuring their collective participation in the Dilli for Children Festival.

सरकारी स्कूलों के बच्चों को मिलेगी विभिन्न खेलों की मुफ्त कोचिंग #3YearsOfAAPGovernance

सरकारी स्कूलों के बच्चों को मिलेगी विभिन्न खेलों की मुफ्त कोचिंग

–    प्राइवेट एकेडमीज, क्लब्स और निजी कोच देंगे कोचिंग

–    दिल्ली सरकार ने संबंधित स्कीम को दी मंजूरी

–    स्कीम में प्राइवेट स्पोट् र्स एकेडमीज, स्पोट् र्स क्लब्स और निजी स्पोट् र्स कोचेस को सरकारी स्कूलों के खेल के मैदान और अन्य खेल सुविधाओं के उपयोग की अनुमति

–    कुल 31 खेलों की ट्रेनिंग की सुविधा होगी

दिल्ली के सरकारी स्कूलों में पढ़ने वाले बच्चों को विभिन्न खेलों की मुफ्त में अच्छी ट्रेनिंग/कोचिंग दिलाने के उद्देश्य से दिल्ली सरकार ने एक स्कीम को मंजूरी दी है। इसके तहत प्राइवेट स्पोट् र्स एकेडमीज, स्पोट् र्स क्लब्स और निजी स्पोट् र्स कोचेस को सरकारी स्कूलों के खेल के मैदान और अन्य खेल सुविधाओं के उपयोग की अनुमति दी जाएगी। इस स्कीम के तहत ये लोग कुल जितने बच्चों को ट्रेनिंग देंगे उनमें से आधे सरकारी स्कूलों के होंगे जिन्हें मुफ्त ट्रेनिंग/कोचिंग देना होगा। बाकी अन्य बच्चों से ये अपने हिसाब से फीस ले सकेंगे।

दिल्ली के उपमुख्यमंत्री और शिक्षा व खेल मंत्री मनीष सिसोदिया ने आज दिल्ली सचिवालय में एक प्रेस कांफ्रेस में इस स्कीम के बारे में बताया। उन्होंने बताया कि पहले इसे पायलट प्रोजेक्ट के तौर पर शुरू किया गया था जिसमें 50-60 स्कूलों के लिए प्रस्ताव आये थे। इनमें से 18 एकेडमीज ने 27 स्कूलों में बहुत अच्छा काम किया। इन एकेडमीज ने वहां टेबल टेनिस, फुटबाल, ताइकांडो इत्यादि में बच्चों को अच्छी ट्रेनिंग दी। यहां से निकले बच्चे कॉलेज लेवल पर भी काफी अच्छा प्रदर्शन कर रहे हैं। पायलट प्रोजेक्ट के बाद अब हम इसे पूरी दिल्ली में लागू कर रहे हैं। प्राइवेट स्पोट् र्स एकेडमीज, स्पोट् र्स क्लब्स और निजी स्पोट् र्स कोचेस को सरकारी स्कूलों के खेल के मैदान और अन्य खेल सुविधाओं के उपयोग की अनुमति के लिए अगले एक महीने के भीतर आवेदन करना होगा।

शिक्षा मंत्री ने कहा कि पूरी दिल्ली के स्कूलों में ये स्कीम लागू हो जाने से खेलों में रुचि रखने वाले बच्चों को बहुत फायदा होगा। इसका सबसे ज्यादा फायदा घनी आबादी वाले इलाकों में रहने वालों को होगा क्योंकि वहां खेल के मैदान बहुत कम हैं।

मनीष सिसोदिया ने बताया कि उनके पास अकसर स्पोट् र्स से जुड़े हुए लोग आते हैं और कहते हैं कि वो खेलों को बढ़ावा देने और बच्चों को ट्रेनिंग देने के लिए काफी कुछ करना चाहते हैं लेकिन जगह की कमी की वजह से नहीं कर पाते। इस स्कीम के आने के बाद ऐसे लोगों को भी मौका मिलेगा।

इस स्कीम के बारे में बताते हुए शिक्षा व खेल मंत्री ने कहा कि पहले इसमें केवल 15 खेलों को शामिल किया गया था अब इनकी संख्या बढ़ाकर 31 कर दी गई है। इसके अलावा निकट भविष्य में जरूरत के हिसाब से खेलों की संख्या बढ़ाई जा सकती है। पहले कोचिंग के वक्त स्कूलों में पैरेंट्स को अनुमति नहीं थी लेकिन अब पैरेंट्स को विशेषकर माताओं को अनुमति दी जाएगी। उनको एक कार्ड दिया जाएगा और वो एक निश्चित स्थान पर बैंठ कर अपने बच्चों के खेल को देख सकेंगी।

उन्होंने ये भी बताया कि अगर कोई ऐसी कोचिंग है जो सिर्फ लड़कियों के लिए है तो संबंधित एकेडमी ये सुनिश्चित करेगी कि उसके लिए महिला कोच और महिला सिक्योरिटी गार्ड हों। पहले एकेडमीज के लिए स्कूलों में स्टोरेज की व्यवस्था नहीं थी, अब उनको स्टोरेज के लिए भी स्थान दिया जाएगा। इस स्कीम में योग जैसे पॉपुलर चीजों को भी शामिल किया गया है जिससे ज्यादा से ज्यादा लोग आएं। एकेडमीज स्कूल के समय औऱ स्कूल के बाद दोनों समय कोचिंग दे सकेंगी लेकिन इसके लिए स्कूल प्रमुख की अनुमति जरूरी होगी। इसके अलावा ये एकेडमीज हर तीसरे रजिस्ट्रेशन और प्रदर्शन संबंधी जानकारियां सरकार को उपलब्ध कराएंगी।  

मनीष सिसोदिया ने कहा कि इससे पूरी दिल्ली भर में खेलों को लेकर एक माहौल बनेगा और स्थानीय स्तर पर खेलों को बढ़ावा मिलेगा।

Environment Minister reviews compliance of E-Waste Management Rules #3YearsOfAAPGovernance

Environment Minister reviews compliance of E-Waste Management Rules

Environment Minister, Shri Imran Hussain has reviewed the compliance of E-Waste Management Rules and Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules. The meeting was attended by senior officers of Environment Department and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC).

During the meeting, the officers informed that the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India has notified amended  E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2016 which are effective from 01.10.2016. As per these Rules, every producer of electrical and electronic equipment can apply for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for handling and managing E-Waste.

Electronic waste includes waste from electronic items, including discarded mobile phones, refrigerators, electronic office equipment, computers, television sets and electronic entertainment devices.

EPR is an authorization given by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) for collecting and managing E-Waste. This authorization is given for five years and for obtaining EPR, a producer is required to submit detailed plan for collection of E-Waste, mode of collection, details of collection points and agency responsible for such collection.

DPCC informed that it is responsible for checking the compliance of conditions laid down in EPR authorization in NCT of Delhi. It was further informed that dismantling and recycling of E-Waste is not permitted in Delhi at present.  DPCC officers informed that till date CPCB has given EPR authorization to 47 producers from NCT of Delhi.

The Minister directed that the DPCC should ensure that there is no dismantling and recycling of E-Waste in Delhi.E-Waste Management in Delhi assumes greater significance in view of the fact that use of electronic, telecommunication and computer devices/ has increased manifold consequently giving rise to corresponding increase in discarding of old electronic and electrical equipment.

Shri Hussain also reviewed the working of Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, 2016. DPCC officers informed that these Rules have also been notified by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India in 2016 in order to effectively tackle the issues of Pollution and Waste Management. It was further informed that the new Rules are aimed to check the indiscriminate disposal of C&D waste and  enabling the channelization of such waste for re-use and recycling.

The purpose of C&D Waste Management Rules, 2016 is also to promote public’s participation in scientific management of C&D Waste. The Rules prescribe the segregation of C&D Waste into various streams so that organic waste out of C&D Waste could be used for composting; high calorific waste could be used for producing energy; steel and concrete could be re-used etc.

It was also informed that policy for C&D Waste Management Rules is under preparation with UD Department of Delhi Government. The role of DPCC will be to ensure that facilities which are granted authorization for C&D Waste processing, comply with various environment laws and prescribed norms in this regard.

DPCC also informed that at present two facilities are running, one at Jahangirpuri and the other at Shastri Park.

The Minister directed that DPCC should ensure compliance of the environmental laws by the facilities engaged in handling C&D Waste.

Shri Hussain also stressed the need for giving wide publicity to the rules so that public could be made aware about scientific disposal and management of E-Waste and C&D Waste in Delhi.