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New Delhi: The Delhi government on Friday cracked down on 77 hotels for violating pollution norms in the national capital, sending closure notice to all of them.

“The Delhi Pollution Control Committee found that 77 hotels were operating without license from municipal corporation and Delhi Police and Delhi Pollution Control Committee. They did not have pollution checking devices either,” Delhi’s Environment Minister Asim Ahmed Khan said.

The hotels were located in south Delhi’s Mahipalpur area near Indira Gandhi International Airport.

“The government issued a closure notice to them,” the minister said, adding that 27 hotels were sealed.

Khan said the government has also directed the authorities to cut water and electricity connections of the 77 hotels.

The crackdown came after a direction from the National Green Tribunal.

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After HC Quashed Its Notification, Delhi Government Seeks Legal Advice on Minimum Wages Verdict

Delhi Government seeks legal help after High Court quashed minimum wage verdict

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Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government
Gopal Rai, Member of AAP Government.

The Delhi government on Sunday said it is seeking legal advice on the further course of action after the Delhi High Court quashed its notification on minimum wages.

Expressing his disappointment over the Court’s decision, Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai said that the government is studying the verdict and “will arrive at a conclusion on how to ensure the implementation of revised higher minimum wages” for workers in all categories.

“I have convened a meeting of the Labour Department on Monday to decide the future course of action, including the next legal remedy available to the government,” Rai said.

AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict
AAP Government seeking legal help after Delhi High Court quashed minimum wages verdict. 

The Delhi High Court on Saturday quashed two notifications, issued last year by the Delhi Government, relating to revision of minimum wages for all classes of workmen in all scheduled employments by calling it “completely flawed”.

“The constitution of the committee was completely flawed and its advice was not based on relevant material and suffers from non-application of mind,” the bench said while setting aside the Delhi government notification setting up the advisory panel on minimum wages.

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“The government’s decision based on such advice is in violation of the statutory provision, principles of natural justice, denies fair representation to the employers as well as the employees… in fact it is even without any effort to gather relevant material and information,” the bench had said. (IANS)

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