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Biased media? AAP termed ‘devil’ but no debates on LG’s moves

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By Dr. Kallol Guha

The tussle between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor has been a topic of discussion on the news channels. The discussions seem to point that people’s aspirations, rights, privileges and quality of life are not the goals of any truly independent and free nation and this has always been a ‘fundamental’ issue.  In turn, it is the role of the citizens to serve the constitution, no matter how oppressive it might be.

The so-called experts argue – some passionately, some hysterically- to establish that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is wrong, support the Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung. AAP has been showered with allegations that they can’t govern and are not a team player with words like ‘inexperienced’ and ‘anarchist’ being thrown around. No debate ever bothered to emphasize on the views which AAP has been trying to communicate to the public and propose to investigate to protect the interest of the people.

There are certain questions that media should raise with respect to this tussle. AAP has claimed to have busted the racket, which controlled transfer postings of SGM in lucrative areas that were not done on the basis of public interest, but was an industry where such decisions were made through bribery. The Lieutenant Governor reportedly used his influence to get control over transfer posting. Isn’t it pertinent to ask whether Lieutenant Governor is aware of the transfer posting industry?  If posting has indeed taken the shape of an industry and influenced by bribery has AAP done anything wrong? Why does Lieutenant Governor want to take over that responsibility from AAP?

The mainstream media has failed to highlight that when the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) prosecuted a constable, who was caught red- handed while taking bribe and was taken into custody, the Lieutenant Governor’s office along with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) appealed to the Supreme Court  for his bail.

Lieutenant Governor had made all preparations to transfer ACB office under its own control until the High Court ruling prevented that transfer. AAP said that Delhi Government has jurisdiction over Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB). Shouldn’t this kind of behaviour of the Lieutenant Governor be discussed in public?

While AAP claims that they have organized Mohalla Sabha and are trying to engage common people in running their day to day administration of daily life, has the Lieutenant Governor made any efforts to support such practices? Or has he tried to evaluate the public reaction to such Sabhas?

No debate or discussion has been held to check whether actions of Lieutenant Governor or AAP are helping the common man to make things easier for the common man. In one debate, a Congress spokesperson complained that areas in Delhi have no water, electricity and sewer lines and AAP has not done anything to improve such condition. No reporter, viewer or panellist bothered to point to the Congress spokesperson that ask how can she be so shameless even to ask such a question when Congress politicians were swindling and looting the nation since 1947. They did not install such basic amenities and expect others to do that in 100 days under collective siege.

Referring to the statement of a former Congress Minister who at a rare moment of honesty said during the cabinet discussion on land acquisition that for industry in tribal areas one gets the impression as if there are no habitation on the land in question, they do not even exist. This is a very significant observation. Make no mistake, in the tussle between the Lieutenant Governor and Delhi Government one may see same approach. People in the Lieutenant Governor camp might feel that people’s role is to serve Parliament, Constitution and law, no matter how oppressive or harmful that might be. Not the other way around.

Instead of these pertinent issues, flowery words are used to determine whether the water in the bottle or bottle is in the water?  These worthless wordy discussions will continue as long as they are helpful to confuse people so that common people may be distracted from identifying who is out to strangle them with a mask of “DEMOCRACY, CONSTITUTION, FREEDOM.”

Truth is no one gives your right, you have to fight for it. This truth is manifesting itself in here as well. Time has come for people to decide whether they will allow themselves to be fooled continuously or identify who are with them and who are not.

NOTE: The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of NewsGram.

  • Neeru Bahl

    I think media houses should read this masterpiece , may be they get some enlightenment!

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Now The Delhi Government Comes Up With The Food Wastage Check Policy At Social Gatherings

"If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function," it says.

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"Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders." Pixabay

The Delhi government has drafted a policy to keep a check on the wastage of food at social functions in the national capital.

All organisers and caterers will have to register themselves with NGOs to manage the surplus and leftover food for distribution among the underprivileged, says the draft policy.

“The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs,” reads the Draft ‘Policy for Holding Social Functions in Hotels, Motels and Low-Density Residential Area (LDRA) in National Capital Territory of Delhi’.

According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer.

“They should be registered with some NGO to manage surplus/leftover food by distributing the same among underprivileged. The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs.

The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.

“If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function,” it says.

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According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer. Pixabay

The Commissioner Food Safety shall ensure that the above conditions are strictly followed; any violation thereof would invite action from the deployed officers by the Commissioner Food Safety, the draft policy reads.

The rules will be enforced by periodical inspections, which shall be conducted by officers of various state stakeholder agencies.

“Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders.”

“The capacity of the space should be determined by multiplying the total number of car parking available by four or by means the number of persons obtained by dividing the gross floor area of the premises by occupant load factor at 1.5 sqm, whichever is less,” says the document.

It said adding that the total number of days on which a social function can be organised are restricted to 120 days in authorized/approved spaces.

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The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.
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The draft also said that motels and LDRA should be constructed as per sanctioned building plan.
“Minimum area of LDRA must be equals or more than 2.5 acres. Only such Motel and LDRA houses should be permitted to hold social functions which have proper access to the road from a main road (60 ft wide or more) and the LDRA should not be located at a road which ends in a dead end,” it said.

According to an official from the government, the decision to formulate a comprehensive policy regulating social functions was taken after the direction of the Supreme Court.

“Further, in view of Motel Policy of Ministry of Tourism 1995, policy for holding social functions in Farmhouses of Government of NCT of Delhi, Master Plan 2021(MPD 2021), amendments in MPD-2021 notified in 2013, a comprehensive policy was required to be drafted,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

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The Chief Secretary has constituted a committee of four officers, including Principal Secretaries of Urban Development and Health, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board and Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, to draft the policy.

“Accordingly, the committee after consultation with all stakeholders drafted the policy keeping in mind concerns of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) and Supreme Court such as stop the use of perennially installed semi-permanent pandals, nuisance of parking on outside road of the venue, safety of guests and general public, stop the misuse of scarce resources like water and stop any kind of pollution or degradation of Environment,” the official said. (IANS)