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Delhi government sends DCW chief’s appointment file to LG’s office

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By Ishan Kukreti

The absurd position of Swati Maliwal as the chief of Delhi Commission for Women is finally to be resolved.

During a press conference today at the Delhi Secretariat, Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia said that a file has been sent to Lt. Governor’s office.

“The centre is unnecessarily trying to make an issue out of nothing. However, to not create a needless issue, we have sent the file to LG’s office ” the AAP minister said.

The appointment of DCW’s chief had started a new skirmish between Delhi and central governments.

The AAP government had appointed Swati Maliwal, the chairperson of Delhi Commission for Women, without consulting Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. The move had brought the anti-corruption crusading party under severe fire from the opposition.

Meanwhile the Delhi Commission of Women office at Vikas Bhawan has been open and running under the new chief.

Rubbishing the talks of commission being closed on LG’s orders, authorities at DWC said, “The office is open and functioning as always. This issue is a minor glitch and will be resolved shortly.”

Affirming Sisodia’s claim, LG’s office said that the file has been received.

“We have received the file today and due official process will follow.”

 

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)