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New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that free Wi-Fi facility would soon be provided in Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses. “Delhi government will provide free Wi-Fi facility in DTC buses as soon as possible. In this connection, we are in touch with some big companies,” he told thousands of DTC employees at an awards ceremony at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here. Transport Minister Gopal Rai and DTC managing director C.R. Garg were also present. Several leading Internet and telecom sector companies, including Google, Facebook and Ericsson, held discussions with the Kejriwal led-Delhi government, regarding its ambitious city-wide free Wi-Fi project last Friday. Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party, also announced the allowance of contractual DTC bus drivers, who drive up to 2,250 km in a month, would be hiked from Rs.4 to Rs.5 per km, while those who drive more than 2,250 km in a month would be provided Rs.6 per km instead of the earlier allowance of Rs.5 per km.

Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal greets after inaugurating the Bawana water treatment plant (WTP) at Bawana in northern Delhi state on April 21, 2015.  With a capacity of 20 million gallons daily (MGD), the plant is expected to boost the capital's water supply.   AFP PHOTO / SAJJAD HUSSAIN
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“With this, on an average, the salary of contractual drivers will be enhanced in the range of Rs.2,500 to Rs.4,500 per month,” he noted. Out of 43 DTC depots in the capital, the chief minister felicitated the 10 best performing depots at the awards function. The depots which received the award include Ghazipur Depot, Millennium Depot-IV, Hari Nagar Depot-I, Hari Nagar Depot-II, BBM Depot-I, Nangloi Depot, Ghummanhera Depot, Wazirpur Depot, Ambedkar Nagar Depot and Rohini Depot-IV. These depots were selected according to their performance during the period from May 16 to June 15, 2015 as compared to the same period of previous year. Kejriwal also urged all DTC employees to do their duty with full devotion and honesty so that people of Delhi are provided reliable and comfortable transport service. He also suggested the DTC authorities to adopt a suggestion box system in which any employee could drop their ideas for improving performance. Rai said that the total earning of DTC has been increased in few months.

“Between March and August 2015, the total earning of DTC has increased by Rs.7,11,62,835. In March 2015, the total earning of DTC was Rs.68,52,85,378 whereas in August it became Rs.75,64,48,213,” he said. “This government is your (employees) government and is committed for your welfare. AAP government was the first goverment to announce Rs.10 lakh compensation for the family of a DTC driver who was beaten to death few months back,” he noted. Rai also said that keeping in view the safety of commuters, specifically women, 1,500 marshals had been deployed in DTC buses. CCTV cameras have already been installed in 200 buses, and the work for installing them in remaining low floor buses is under process, he added.

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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)