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AAP government to make DTC buses Wi-Fi enabled in next two to three months

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Delhi Transport Corporation with the support from the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is working on a plan to make buses Wi-Fi enabled in the next two to three months. The plan is a part of an overall policy of the state government to encourage the usage of public transport.

The pilot project is named as Proof of Concept (POC), and will currently be deployed at a test phase to check its efficiency.

The much endeavored plan by the ruling AAP not only intends to upgrade the DTC buses, but also a few selected areas of the city, as Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to make 1,000 localities in the city Wi-Fi enabled by the first quarter of 2016.

Explaining about the project, Delhi Dialogue Commission Vice-Chairman, Ashish Khetan, said, “The government has given approval for the POC. We will learn from the experiment and then see how we can take this forward. This is the first time that any city is trying to roll out public Wi-Fi at such a massive scale. We want to have well-defined public areas like government offices, schools, hospitals, community centers and parks where Wi-Fi should be freely available at all times. To make this happen, a revenue model has to be prepared.”

He also specified that the government might sign an agreement with the interested firms within two weeks.

“We studied the Stockholm model where they invested heavily over 20 years in laying out a fiber optic cable network. This network belongs to the government and the network led to an IT and telecom revolution in the city,” Khetan said.

Khetan’s prime concern is fiber optic cable network’s scarcity in the national capital. “With data usage expected to go up, this network will have to be strengthened and this is one area that the government is now planning to focus on,” he said.

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

ALSO READ: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

ALSO READ: Can India achieve good governance without intra-party democracy?

The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)

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