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Demonetisation: ‘48.63 lakh in unorganised sector could lose jobs,’ claims Ajay Maken

New Delhi: As many as 48.63 lakh workers in the unorganised sector in the national capital may become unemployed due to “faulty implementation of demonetisation” and they have already started going back to their home states, Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken claimed.

A march will be held on 24 December from Jantar Mantar to Parliament House by Delhi Poorvanchal Congress, in association with Delhi Parvatiya Congress and Delhi South Indian Congress, to highlight the plight of migrant labourers due faulty implementation of demonetisation, he said.

“48.63 lakh unorganized/informal workforce in Delhi consist of first-generation migrant labour. After faulty implementation of demonetisation, reverse migration has begun in Delhi,” Maken alleged.

File photo of Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken. Reuter

File photo of Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken. Reuter

“Lakhs of labourers have already returned to their homes, and around 15,000 labourers are returning to their homes from Delhi every day, which is stalling development works in the national capital,” he claimed.

The Delhi Congress chief said he had written a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on 9 December to draw his attention towards this issue and had asked him to take steps to stop reverse migration of this informal workforce.

Claiming that he has not received any reply from the Chief Minister, Maken said the Delhi Government has not taken any steps to implement his suggestion that Rs 5,000 be given to these labourers as monthly unemployment allowance, which is nearly 50 percent of minimum wages.

“Major projects in Delhi have come to a standstill as labourers are not getting their daily wages due to the cash crunch. The daily earning of rickshaw pullers have also come down sharply. “If steps are not taken immediately to stop reverse migration of the informal workforce, it will take a long time for Delhi to come back to its normal routine,” he claimed.

Quoting a survey on employment by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO), Maken said as per the 68th Round, between 2011 and 2012, the working population of Delhi was 57.06 lakh. “The data of Directorate of Employment, Delhi Government reveals that the total                                                                                                              number of workers in the organised sector was 8.43 lakh in 2009. This figure has remained almost consistent in the last one decade,” he                                                                                                              said.

First Published On : Dec 18, 2016 19:13 IST

Delhi Government accuses LG Najeeb Jung of threatening in name of CBI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung said the 400 files of the Delhi Government show “grave misdemeanours” and are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Saturday accused the former of openly threatening the democratically elected government, adding it ‘unmasks the ulterior motive’ behind setting up of the three-member Shunglu Committee.”It is a matter of deep regret that the Central government’s appointee, the Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Mr Najeeb Jung, is openly threatening to unleash the CBI upon the democratically elected government of Delhi,” said the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in a statement issued here.The Delhi Government further said, “The unfortunate statement of Mr Jung was issued through an official press release on Friday evening. All major newspapers and TV channels have prominently published the said statement. It is a new low in the already blatant politicisation and misuse of the premier investigation agency of the country. Besides, it also unmasks the ulterior motive behind setting up of the three-member Shunglu Committee, whose formation was anyway in violation of the Constitution of India and the GNCTD Act.”The Council of Ministers of the Delhi Government had on Friday advised the Lieutenant Governor to dissolve this committee and return the 400 odd files “illegally” impounded by him, the statement claimed, adding that the Council had noted with deep concern as to how the Committee’s illegal functioning was crippling various ongoing projects of public welfare.”But instead of addressing the constitutional issues of legality and propriety raised by the Government of Delhi, Mr Jung regretfully chose to respond in an unconstitutional and partisan manner. His public statement only goes to highlight the deep crisis in our federal democracy,” said the AAP government.The government alleged that increasingly, the high offices of Governors and Lieutenant Governors are being politically misused to sabotage democratically elected governments. The Lieutenant Governor in a statement issued on Friday said, “The truth hidden behind the 400-odd files must come out and be brought into public domain. If everything, as claimed, is as per rules, then why is the elected government afraid of the truth coming out? Some misdemeanours are of the gravity that already these matters are in the process of being referred to the CBI for investigation.”

Conduct common eligibility test for admission to DU’s undergraduate courses: BJP

New Delhi: BJP MP Vijay Goel on Tuesday demanded that Delhi University conduct a common eligibility test for admission to undergraduate courses, besides the cut-off criteria, to ensure only meritorious students are given a chance.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Goel also demanded that students from the national capital be given some relaxation in cut-off and 85 per cent seats be reserved for them in 18 DU colleges run by Delhi Government.

“Different states have their own education boards, different courses and separate examination system. These boards cannot be equated with CBSE. In some boards, liberalmarking is adopted whereas in others strict marking is done.

“For that purpose the cut-off list in DU does not ensure justice to all students. Hence, there should be a common eligibility test to ensure only meritorious students get the chance,” Goel told a press conference.

The BJP MP, who had also met DU Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi yesterday over the issue, said, “It is the right time for the university to take strict action against students who resort to false practices such as corruption, cheating, represent false mark-sheets and other malpractices for gaining admissions.”

“It is very painful for the citizens of Delhi that their children are not able to get admission in colleges and courses of their own choice in their home state despite getting more than 60 per cent marks.

“We demand that at least 85 per cent seats in 18 government colleges are reserved for them. Also they should be given some relaxation in cut-off for admission to non-government DU colleges,” he said.

The process for admission to more than 60,000 seats in various undergraduate courses is underway. The last date for submitting application is 19 June and the varsity will announce the first cut-off on 27 June.

Delhi Govt notifies app-based premium bus services starting from June 1

The Delhi government has notified the app-based Premium Bus services starting from June 1 which will enable people to book their seats in buses through their smartphone on the lines of app-based taxis services in the national capital.Only air-conditioned buses will ply under the scheme according to which one bus aggregator will have to run at lease 50 vehicles to get a licence from Delhi government’s Transport department.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior government official said, “Government has notified the app-based bus scheme to be rolled out from from June 1.”While announcing the scheme last month, Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai had said that bus aggregators will have an individual app like Ola, Uber and they will be allowed to decide their fares, but if need arises government will prescribe upper limit of fares or take steps to check predatory pricing.Welcoming the government’s move to introduce app-based Premium Bus Services, Ola said that it looks forward to working with the government in extending a world class daily commute solution from Ola Shuttle, to citizens across the state.”Ola welcomes the efforts of the Delhi Government for App-based Premium Bus Services. We look forward to working with the Government in extending a world class daily commute solution from Ola Shuttle, to citizens across the state. Ola Shuttle is Delhi NCR’s most preferred daily commute offering, built with a deep understanding of the local market needs. We are confident that this will go a long way in solving key issues like congestion, pollution and parking that we are faced with today,” Ola said in a statement.The registration of app-based Premium buses will start from June 1. As per new policy, bus aggregators will determine the routes on which Premium buses will ply from time to time and specify such routes along with the time schedule of each trip on its web-based application.Government has made compulsory installation of two CCTV cameras, wi-fi and GPS in each bus to be plied under new service. In view of women safety, bus aggregators will have to ensure panic button in their apps.

After Modi, Arvind Kejriwal to feature at Madame Tussauds’ Delhi gallery

It is Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Madame Tussauds.It has been reported that Delhi CM’s wax statue will be displayed at a Delhi gallery of the London museum that is likely to open next year.Reportedly, a team of artists from London may visit Delhi next month to get measurements of Kejriwal for his wax statue.Recently, Madame Tussauds had released a video of artists taking PM Modi’s measurements for his statue. Kejriwal will be the first Indian CM to be featured by the iconic wax museum.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi gallery of Madame Tussauds is likely to have a local flavour, capturing the cultural diversity of India. The Delhi Government hopes that the museum will be a major attraction for tourists.

Jat agitation: Delhi reels under water crisis; schools shut on Mon day

Delhi on Sunday reeled under an unprecedented water crisis following cut in its supply from Haryana due to Jat stir, prompting city Government to order shutting of all schools tomorrow and rationing of water.After a high-level emergency meeting, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the situation serious and appealed to people to conserve water as much as possible. Delhi Jal Board said seven out of nine water treatment plants across the city have been closed due to disruption in supply of raw water from Munak Canal in Haryana which is under siege of the Jat agitators.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Considering the seriousness of the situation, Delhi Government last night had moved the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Centre to intervene and ensure restoration of supply from the Munak canal. The apex court on Sunday agreed to give urgent hearing on the issue on Monday.The Delhi Government order excludes Rashtrapati Bhavan, residences of the Prime Minister and CJI, defence installations and hospitals.”Rationing of water will include all sections barring Rashtrapati Bhavan, residences of Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals and fire brigades. I am appealing to all to conserve water water,” Kejriwal said adding his residence and office will also come under water rationing.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the schools will be closed on Monday and the examination and admission process will be postponed due to the water crisis.”It is feared that there will be no water tomorrow morning and the Delhi government has directed closure of all schools, including private ones tomorrow. The ongoing examinations and admission process will be postponed. The situation will be assessed tomorrow and further decisions will be taken afterwards,” Sisodia said.Calling the crisis “unprecedented”, Kejriwal said Delhi Government has been pursuing the Haryana and Central governments since yesterday to seek army help to open the Munak canal.Meanwhile, the Jat quota stir reached Delhi today as the agitating community held demonstrations at various places across the city including in Nangloi, Madhuban Chowk, Narela, Najafgarh, leading to severe disruption of traffic on several arterial roads in South, West Delhi and Outer Delhi.There also were reports of damage to public property by the protesters, who blocked major state border entry points, including Sindhu border, Nangloi-Bahadurgarh Road, Karnal road, Tikari, Jharoda and Madhuban Chowk in southwest and outer Delhi.On the water crisis, Delhi Jal Board (DJB) said the situation was very serious and that water rationing has been started across the city. The DJB supplies around 900 million gallons of water daily out of which around 600 million gallons of raw water come from Munak Canal.The Chief Minister said even if Haryana releases water immediately, it will take at least 24 hours more to restore the supply. He said whatever water is stored in reservoirs is being supplied through the tankers.”I had talked to the Home Minister and the CM of Haryana urging them to resume supply from the canal by sending army there. I hope they will be trying it,” he said.Sunday’s emergency meeting chaired by Kejriwal was attended by Sisodia, Water minister Kapil Mishra and officials of Delhi Jal Board(DJB) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). Mishra said the city is facing “a never before water crisis” and appealed to the people to maintain calm. The gates of the canal are closed, he said.The DJB said all local bodies including New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board have been advised to ensure proper rationing of water.”Delhi Jal Board appeals to the citizens of Delhi to conserve water and use it with the utmost care,” it said in a statement.On the Jat protest in Delhi, police said the situation in various parts have been brought under control.”Several companies of Delhi Police have been deployed in Najafgarh and adjoining areas,” said DCP (south west) RA Sanjeev.The protests led to diversion of traffic with several roads leading to neighbouring Haryana having been blocked by protesters, a senior police officer said.”All the major roads are severely affected with Madhuban Chowk having been blocked by the demonstrators,” Additional DCP (Outer) Pankaj Kumar Singh said, adding, “The situation is under control so far.”Jats in neighbouring Haryana have been agitating for the past few days to press their demand for quotas in jobs and educational institutions.The protests have been accompanied by violence with curfew having been imposed in many places and the army being called in to bring the situation under control. The protests have disrupted normal life in Haryana’s Rohtak, Jind, Bhiwani, Jhajjar, Sonipat and Hisar districts.

JNU Row: Arvind Kejriwal govt sends protest video to forensic lab

The Delhi Government on Saturday confirmed that it had sent video of the ongoing agitation in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to a forensic laboratory for verification.The Arvind Kejriwal led-government had on February 13 ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged sloganeering on campus on February 9.According to media reports, the JNU video’s audio was tampered with, and the actual video did not have any anti-national slogans.

MCD workers strike enters 13th day; Delhi suffers as garbage mounts on roads

The sanitation workers strike of Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) entered 13th day on Monday over the non- payment of salary and allowances.With garbage piling up in different areas, the strike is creating hardship to the people. “We should get all our dues from 2003. The temporary workers should be made permanent. The Delhi Government, had on October 23, 2015 said that the pending arrears would be cleared. But, it hasn’t been cleared even now. The government is misleading us and somewhere we are becoming the victims of politics,” said one of the protestors.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If any Talibani diktat is announced or if even a single employee of the MCD is removed, then we would make this protest very aggressive and the government would then have to pay its price,” he added.On Saturday, Municipal Corporation Teachers Association called off their indefinite strike after they received their pending salaries. Along with the teachers, MCD doctors and para-medical staff have also ended their strike.Earlier, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung had also offered additional loan of Rs. 300 crore to East and North corporations to pay the salary of protesting workers. The Delhi Government had also released Rs.693 crores to the corporations in this regard but the protesters are demanding permanent solution of their salaries issue.

Ryan student death: Delhi government to recommend CBI probe in Divyansh’s death

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the Delhi Government would send a recommendation for a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the death of six-year-old Divyansh, a Class 1 student at Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj area, here.”I have spoken to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over phone, who is returning to Delhi; we will send the recommendation for a CBI probe into the matter,” he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Delhi Government expects that the CBI will take the case to its logical end by probing all aspects (including sodomy charges) by taking into consideration views of the child’s parents and other people concerned,” he added.Sisodia’s announcement came a day after the parents of Divyansh wrote to Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, demanding a CBI probe into the death of their child on the school campus, whose body was found in a water tank under the school’s amphitheatre on January 30.Hinting a possible sodomy in the case, Divyansh’s father claimed that injuries were found on the body of his child and accused the school authorities of shielding the accused in the case.When asked that Divyansh’s father claimed that there was negligence on the part of the Delhi Police, he said, “The negligence is visible. I saw Divyansh’s parents saying on TV that no police officer even met them. A child has died on the school campus, and his parents are levelling serious allegations against the school management, even then a police officer did meet the child’s parents. This insensitive attitude is visible in the probe.”The Delhi Police on Saturday said they would probe all angles and theories concerning the death.

MCD strike: Delhi High Court issues notice to 3 Delhi corporations

The Delhi High Court issued notice to three Delhi corporations SDMC , NDMC and EDMC and sanitation workers’ union on a plea to call off their strike. The court also sought corporations’ response on strike called by teachers, doctors and nurses who work under the MCDs’ control. The next hearing is scheduled for February 8.The Delhi High Court also rebuked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on their strike. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court observed that the common people are suffering due to the on going tussle between MCD & Delhi government. The court also said “cleaning the city is primarily MCD’s responsibility”.The MCD workers’ protest entered its tenth day on Friday as they continued their agitation in Delhi’s Bhajanpura area over non-payment of their salaries.The agitators raised slogans against Arvind Kejriwal and also carried placards with messages denouncing the Delhi Chief Minister. The protestors have warned the Delhi Government against hiring private workers to clean the streets of the city. “Kapil Mishra is calling private workers to pick-up garbage. We will not tolerate this. We want to tell him that stop doing this otherwise we will resort to something (unpleasant),” said one the protestors.The agitators also said that the non-payment of salaries is not the only issue, but there are other issues such as pending arrears and medical benefits. They vowed to continue their protest until all their pending issues are resolved. Kejriwal on Wednesday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the ongoing strike by civic body workers in the national capital and accused them of embezzling the funds allocated to MCD. “I have gone through each and every figure, and thus, can say with confidence that the Delhi Government doesn’t have to pay even a penny to the MCD. There is a ‘big scam’ in the MCD, which needs to be investigated,” Kejriwal had said.BJP, on the other hand, hit back at Kejriwal for his allegations against the Centre and advised him to show interest in serious governance rather than indulging in blame game. Kejriwal had also announced a loan of Rs.551 crore for payment of salaries to striking workers of two municipal corporations in the national capital and urged them to call off their strike.With agency inputs.

Delhi HC rebukes MCD for conducting strike

The Delhi High Court has rebuked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on their strike. It has asked MCD counsels to appear before the bench within fifteen minutes. The court observed that the common people are suffering due to the on going tussle between MCD & Delhi government. The court also said “cleaning the city is primarily MCD’s responsibility”.The MCD workers’ protest entered its tenth day on Friday as they continued their agitation in Delhi’s Bhajanpura area over non-payment of their salaries.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The agitators raised slogans against Arvind Kejriwal and also carried placards with messages denouncing the Delhi Chief Minister. The protestors have warned the Delhi Government against hiring private workers to clean the streets of the city. “Kapil Mishra is calling private workers to pick-up garbage. We will not tolerate this. We want to tell him that stop doing this otherwise we will resort to something (unpleasant),” said one the protestors.The agitators also said that the non-payment of salaries is not the only issue, but there are other issues such as pending arrears and medical benefits. They vowed to continue their protest until all their pending issues are resolved. Kejriwal on Wednesday blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the ongoing strike by civic body workers in the national capital and accused them of embezzling the funds allocated to MCD. “I have gone through each and every figure, and thus, can say with confidence that the Delhi Government doesn’t have to pay even a penny to the MCD. There is a ‘big scam’ in the MCD, which needs to be investigated,” Kejriwal had said.”North MCD was given around Rs. 900 crore this year, which was almost double than the previous years. Where has the money gone?” he asked. BJP, on the other hand, hit back at Kejriwal for his allegations against the Centre and advised him to show interest in serious governance rather than indulging in blame game. Kejriwal had also announced a loan of Rs.551 crore for payment of salaries to striking workers of two municipal corporations in the national capital and urged them to call off their strike.

AAP government spending money on advertisements for ‘self-glorification’: BJP

Taking a dig at Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party Government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said it is spending money on advertisements for ‘self-glorification’ and ‘publicity’ and not bothered about the poor people of Delhi.”AAP has become a party all about publicity. We should remind Arvind Kejriwal of two things- the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and many of its workers have not been paid salaries since months. He has always maintained that there is no money. So, this is the way you are spending money on advertisements and self-glorification,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra told ANI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Aam Aadmi Party had earmarked Rs. 536 crore for its advertisements. We today learn that it has already spent Rs. 60 crore in just seven months. We are aware of the fact that all these advertisements are nothing but praise of Arvind Kejriwal as an individual. These have hardly to do anything with public connection,” he added.Patra further reminded Kejriwal that as many as seven people have died in Delhi because of the cold weather, but he is not bothered about them.’Couldn’t you have provided these people with blankets? Couldn’t you have provided these poor people with cold dwellings? You were busy spending this money for self-glorification and that’s the reason you couldn’t do this for the poor people of Delhi,” he said.Earlier, the Arvind Kejriwal-led government has claimed before the Central Information Commission that no advertising agency has been hired by Delhi Government to do its publicity work.Delhi Government has allocated Rs. 526.74 crore for the purpose of information and publicity which is claimed before the Delhi High Court as the outer limit to be spent for the purpose of dissemination of information and publicity.The Arvind Kejriwal-led dispensation had clarified its stand saying total budget for advertising is for a sum of Rs. 40,000 crore, out of which Rs. 523 crore is earmarked for information and publicity which comes to 1.518 %.”From the date of the Supreme Court judgement in question, that is from May 13, 2015 and till date, a sum of Rs. 22.33 crore has been spent on print, electronic media as well as outdoor publicity which works out to approx. Rs. eight crore per month from May 13, 2015,? it had said in an affidavit filed before Delhi High Court in August last year.”

No advertising agency hired to do publicity work: AAP

No advertising agency has been hired by Delhi Government to do its publicity work, the Government of NCT has claimed before the Central Information Commission.Delhi Government has allocated Rs 526.74 crore for the purpose of information and publicity which is claimed before the Delhi High Court as the outer limit to be spent for the purpose of dissemination of information and publicity.An RTI applicant Sunil Jha had sought to know from the Delhi Government details of the budget fixed by it for information and publicity for the year 2015-16 along with related records including details of agency hired for doing publicity.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The respondent officers (Delhi Government) submitted that no advertising agency was hired for doing the publicity work of Delhi Government for the year 2015-16,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu noted.He directed the Government to furnish attested copies of expenditure statement/budget of the relevant head of expenditure for the said year, to the appellant within 15 days from the date of receipt of the order.The budget allocated by the Delhi Government for publicity had came under criticism for various quarters with Congress leader Ajay Maken approaching Delhi High Court with a public interest litigation seeking to restrain it from airing its audio-visual advertisements.The Arvind Kejriwal-led dispensation had clarified its stand saying total budget for advertising is for a sum of Rs 40,000 crore, out of which Rs 523 crore is earmarked for information and publicity which comes to 1.518 per cent.”From the date of the Supreme Court judgement in question, that is from May 13, 2015 and till date, a sum of Rs 22.33 crore has been spent on print, electronic media as well as outdoor publicity which works out to approx. Rs eight crore per month from May 13, 2015,” it had said in an affidavit filed before Delhi High Court in August last year.

Arvind Kejriwal lashes out at PM Modi, says he is creating hurdles for Delhi government

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of deliberately keeping the state government out of key federal meets, adding that the Prime Minister is creating hurdles for the Delhi Government.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of deliberately keeping the state government out of key federal meets, adding that the Prime Minister is creating hurdles for the Delhi Government.”Modi ji trying everything possible to create hurdles in Delhi government.” Kejriwal tweeted.”Then they say that we have a problem of picking up fights. Every morning Modi ji gets up and thinks how he could create hurdles in the functioning of Delhi state government. He is trying everything possible to create hurdles,” he added.Reacting on the same, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Siddharth Nath Singh said that Kejriwal was resorting to ‘attention-seeking’ antics to remain in the news.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This is Kejriwal’s problem. He wants to catch the attention of the media. He dreams that the CBI will conduct raid on his ministers. The people of Delhi have chosen you to solve the problems in Delhi. Instead of finding solution, you blame the Centre and try to be in the news with the help of your tweets. Its time, people will ignore your tweets,” Singh told ANI.

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