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New Delhi: In a bid to ensure women’s safety, the Delhi government has decided to install lights in all the dark spots across the city.

“The PWD (Public Works Department) has been asked to identify all dark spots in Delhi as soon as possible,” the Delhi government said.

According to non-government organisations, there are around 700 dark spots in the capital.

“Identification of spots where street lights are not present and places where they are installed but are not working has also been ordered,” the government statement added.

The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The PWD has also been asked to bring a proposal at the earliest to put up CCTV cameras all over the city.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Aam Aadmi Party’s Mohalla Clinics come under scanner: Vigilance Department exposes, Ministers faked the rent amount

Top highlights from findings of Vigilance Report

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Delegation from University of Southern California visits Mohalla Clinic. Delhi Govt. Website
  • There are currently 110 Mohalla Clinics in Delhi with 106 doctors working
  • The Vigilance Report stated that the doctors were allegedly treating around 533 patients a day
  • The doctors were paid Rs. 30 for attending each patient per day

New Delhi, September 1, 2017: The Delhi Government’s Vigilance Department has submitted a report on the functioning of Aam Aadmi Party’s Mohalla Clinics to Anil Baijal, Lieutenant Governor. Anil Baijal suspected blunders in the functioning of all the Mohalla Clinics, the probe is going on.

Mohalla Clinics were introduced by AAP Government so that free healthcare could be provided to people of Delhi in the vicinity of their homes.

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There was a conflict between Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal over the clearance of pending files regarding the Mohalla Clinic Project. After 45 MLA’s of AAP protested at his office, he had a meeting with AAP Party leader and said that the decision on it will be taken soon.

Top 10 points on the issues highlighted in the Vigilance Report:

  • It all started when the Vigilance Department received complaints on “irregularities” in the running of Mohalla Clinics after which it asked details of it from Chief District Medical Officers (CDMO) and Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
  • There are currently 110 Mohalla Clinics in Delhi with 106 doctors working.
  • The complaint was based on issues like total salaries being paid to private doctors who worked in Mohalla Clinics and on rent for few of the clinics
  • The doctors were paid Rs. 30 for attending each patient per day, they allegedly played with the number of patients (they increased the number of patients to take more money home).
  • The report stated (as per probed complaints) that the doctors were allegedly treating around 533 patients a day (9 am- 1 pm) which is practically impossible considering they were told to give 7-10 minutes time for each patient. So, it means that they violated the rules and fudged the numbers.
  • The data of patients are evaluated by an NGO called Wish Foundation and its role was questioned. The Vigilance department wrote in its report, “The data needs to be strictly under the control of the Health and Family Welfare department to ensure its reliability and integrity. The payment to doctors was made without requisite audit and verification of the patient footfall.”
  • Some Aam Aadmi Party leaders have been hugely benefited from the opening of Mohalla Clinics. According to ABP report, “Some of the Mohalla Clinic’s rent being paid is more than the average rent for that place. It was the case with areas like Vikas Vihar, Todapur, Paschim Vihar and Indra Park.”
  • In the Vikas Vihar area of Delhi, the average rent of two rooms for Mohalla Clinic is Rs.5500 but Rs.12500 more rent is being paid from the actual rent.
  • In Todapur, the average rent of 2 rooms is Rs.7500 but the Delhi Government is paying as much as 15000 for it.
  • A Mohalla Clinic in Paschim Vihar was found in the house of AAP’s Trade Wing leader Sanjay Aggarwal where the average rent is Rs.8000 but the Government is paying Rs.20,000 for it. Whereas In Indra Park, Secretary of AAP, Umesh Sharma’s house has a Mohalla Clinic the average rent of which is Rs.6000 but Rs.15000 is being paid for it.

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High Court seeks Central and Delhi Government’s Reply on Menstrual Hygiene Education

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a practicing advocate Setu Niket told the bench that considering the increasing number of girl child drop outs from school

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High Court seeks Central and Delhi Government's Reply on Menstrual Hygiene Education. Wikimedia
  • The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a practicing advocate Setu Niket told the bench that considering the increasing number of girl child drop outs from school
  • The plea said that as per a survey conducted on the rate of school drop outs of girl child, it is highest at the age of puberty

New Delhi, July 17, 2017: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the central and Delhi government on a PIL seeking direction to provide access and education about menstrual hygiene to adolescent girls and free sanitary pads.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar sought a status report from the central government, Delhi government and the civic bodies by November 7 on the plea.

The bench sought various details about the existing scheme, if any, its implementation, the syllabus on menstrual hygiene and status of separate toilets for effective implementation and providing of sanitary pads.

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The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by a practicing advocate Setu Niket told the bench that considering the increasing number of girl child drop outs from school, there was a need of a mechanism to educate school children on menstrual hygiene and providing free and compulsory sanitary pads under the Right to Education Act, 2009.

Advocate Esha Mazumdar, appearing for the petitioner, argued the government failed in its responsibility to provide education to the girl child “when she has to drop out of school after entering the age of puberty due to certain biological changes in the body and due to lack of sanitary products and the inability (due to lack of education or financial constraints) of her guardians”.

It is imperative that children of the age group of 10-14 years are sensitized about menstrual hygiene and every possible effort to help the girl child in continuing her education be made by the government, the advocate added.

The adolescent females enrolled in schools who come from poor backgrounds are generally not equipped and are neither educated by the parents about menstruation and menstrual hygiene and this lack of education increase the prevalence of unhygienic and unhealthy practices which increase abstinence and eventual dropping out from school, the plea stated.

The plea said that as per a survey conducted on the rate of school drop outs of girl child, it is highest at the age of puberty.

The PIL sought formulating a National Level Policy to establish a mechanism to provide education, sensitization and ensure availability of menstrual hygiene products to adolescent girls.

The petition said Kerala took the initiative this year to announce the state government’s “She Pad” scheme, which aimed to provide sanitary pads to all girl students.

As per news reports, Kerala has allocated Rs 30 crore for the project to provide sanitary napkins for girl students in all government schools, it added. (IANS)


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Kejriwal-led Delhi Government covers up massive Corruption: GBPEC Professor Demands 20 acres land for College Campus as promised

There is an allegation that the Delhi Government led by Arvind Kejriwal is covering up a massive corruption

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Professor Abraham Joshil admitted to AIIMS while on a hunger strike, Edex

Delhi, April 28, 2017: In a recent press conference at Press Trust of India, assistant professor of G.B. Pant Engineering College (GBPEC) Joshil K. Abraham along with Swaraj India leader and senior advocate Prashant Bhushan allege that Delhi Government led by Arvind Kejriwal is covering up a massive corruption.

In 2007, 20 acres of land was promised by Shiela Dixit led Delhi Government to an autonomous body, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi (IIIT-D) and said that it will provide world-class infrastructure to the students. After an investigation, when the scam was exposed in October 2016, Arvind Kejriwal-led government decided to turn a blind eye on the issue.

It seems that Aam Admi Party (AAP), which is supposed to be the backbone of clean politics has mend its way from it. Recently, the Kejriwal-led AAP was also accused of the corruption for not making their donation list public. To raise awareness about the ongoing corruption in the party, No List No Donation campaign (Chanda Bandh Satyagraha) was launched by ex co-convenor AAP Dr Munish Kumar Raizada.

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G B Pant Govt. Engineering college was established by Delhi Government in 2007 in the abandoned hostel block of G B Pant polytechnic with the promise that the new campus of the college will be built on the vacant land available with G B Pant Polytechnic for the emerging young population of Delhi.

Now 10 years have passed, G B Pant college is still running in the same abandoned hostel block of G B Pant Polytechnic. The government claimed previously that the seats in the college will be increased from 3000 to 7000. Whereas, there are only 860 students in the college and the fact also remains adamant that the currently abandoned hostel building or the entire land available on G B Pant Polytechnic campus cannot cater to the needs of 7000 students. Hence, the plan seemed too far fetched unless G B Pant Engineering College is given 150 acres of land (DTU has over 163 acres of land and hosts around 1843 students).

“We are a group of bright engineering students from G.B. Pant Government Engineering College. We are underprivileged citizens of this country, having high aspirations and potentials and we had been denied our right for a campus for the past 10 years”, said third-year student Rajeev.

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Mr Joshil K Abraham never believed in hunger strikes for seeking justice. Never had he imagined in his entire life that he would start a protest for any purpose. However, he ended up taking a stand for the right of his students. Abraham now believes “if a hunger strike can yield a better world for those who are involved in this, then its worth it”.

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Prof Anand Kumar addressing the students of GB Pant Engg College who are demanding for their campus.Campus for GBPEC

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GB Pant Engineering College which was established in 2007 under the ministry of Sheila Dixit was promised to allot a land of 60 acres but could not procure any promised benefit owing to the corruption.

Being wearied of trying every just means for the justice, he decided to take a stand against the corruption by taking an initiative. Abraham is on indefinite hunger strike since April 5 and he is nowhere close to giving up.

When questioned if he was a communist, as many Keralites are, Abraham said that what he believed most of all is in humanity and an egalitarian society.

“I grew up a believer, so much so that I was even the altar boy at my church. But when I was in the 11th standard I left the church and immediately people started asking me if I had become a communist. Despite my mother being very religious she did not question me, she said I was the same person and I had not changed in any way and that is all that mattered to her and she knew that I would not do anything if I was not completely convinced by it, so she let me be,” he explained to Edex.

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Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited Professor Abraham of G B Pant Engineering College at AIIMS, who is on hunger strike against corruption and lack of infrastructure for students.

Professor Abraham demands 20 acres of land which will include one hostel building, one sports block, one academic block, faculty residence.

“Gandhi understood the problem and gave unconditional support of Indian National Congress to the issue. He also said that he will take up the issue with the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal,” the students said in a statement.

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“We lack basic academic facilities, hotels, auditoriums, labs, playground and sports facilities which are the basic needs for any educational institution. We are functioning in an abandoned hostel infrastructure since 2007, and the construction of the campus have not started since then”, said the final year student Shashank Mishra.

Till now they have given a memorandum to Principal, Mr Manish Sisodia and Mr Arvind Kejriwal. They have also filed an RTI’s and got the reply from them nevertheless unsatisfactory.

In a video by GB Pant Engineering College students, Sisodia was seen delivering the budget speech where he said that the capacity of the college is to be increased from 3,000 to 7,000 seats. Prof Abraham says this is a joke because there were only 860 students in the college and no commensurate infrastructure.

Abraham who sat on an indefinite fast to protest the corruption involved in land allotment, says that he was forcibly taken by the police to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on the tenth day but on his return, he continued the fast.

– reported by Pawan Sharma, edited by Deepannita Das of NewsGram.