If all parties keep their politics aside then we can defeat pollution in a shorter span of time. We have to show our political will towards curbing pollution: CM Arvind Kejriwal

Our scientists and engineers have come out with alternative solutions to stubble burning, however, there is a lack of political will to adopt these: CM Arvind Kejriwal

One solution to stop stubble burning is the use of bio-decomposer technique used by Delhi govt; secondly many factories in Haryana & Punjab are converting stubble to CBG, coal and coke: CM Arvind Kejriwal

We must not consider stubble as a liability but need to transform it to an opportunity; if all state governments adopt these conversion measures, it will benefit the farmers monetarily and generate employment: CM Arvind Kejriwal

I want to appeal to the Union Environment Minister to convene a monthly meeting with the CMs of Haryana, Punjab, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh to devise preventive measures and sustainable solutions to stubble burning: CM Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: October 19, 2020 -Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that if all the governments work hard and make honest efforts together, then the pollution caused due to stubble can be substantially reduced in a short period. The CM said that he agrees with Union Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar that stubble burning is a big problem, but disagrees with the statement that the problem can’t be solved in a short time. Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that if all the state governments have the political will, the issue can be resolved within a short span of time. He then listed steps being taken by different state governments to stop farmers from burning stubble. He said that on the recommendation of Pusa Institute, the Delhi government started spraying chemicals which will convert this stubble into manure. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal also said that there are many factories in Haryana & Punjab which are converting stubble to CBG, coal and coke. He said that we must not consider stubble as a liability but need to transform it into an opportunity; if all state governments adopt these conversion measures, it will benefit the farmers monetarily and generate employment. CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal suggested that the Centre (environment ministry) should hold a monthly meeting with Chief Ministers of states which are affected by burning stubble to find out more such solutions.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Yesterday I heard the statement of Union environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar where he said that air pollution does not happen due to one state. He said that due to the wind, pollution affects all the neighbouring states of north India. I completely agree with his views and I believe that all the state governments should come together and launch a battle against air pollution."

He said, "But Shri Javadekar also said that the problem of air pollution cannot be solved in one day and it will take a minimum of four years to solve the issue of air pollution. I do not agree with this statement. I believe that if all the state governments come together and all the political parties work honestly by keeping aside their political bias then we can combat the issue of air-pollution in less than four years."

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "First let me talk about the issue of stubble burning and now the Supreme Court of India has also accepted that stubble burning is the major cause behind this air pollution. Earlier some politics was happening regarding the issue of stubble burning but now the Supreme Court has observed that the key reason behind the spike in air pollution during this time of the year is the stubble burning. The air pollution due to stubble burning is not restricted to Delhi but it affects entire North India. I am more worried about the farmers who burn the stubble because the toxic air generated from the burning affects their family. I think that the solution of stubble burning is already there because the scientists have come up with various solutions. But I feel that there is a lack of political goodwill to embrace these technologies to stop the stubble burning."

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Firstly, Indian Agricultural Research Institute (famously known as PUSA) scientists have developed a chemical that decomposes stubble and turns it into manure. There is no need for farmers to burn stubble. Secondly, there is a factory at Karnal where stubble is getting converted to compressed bio-gas (CBG). This gas can be used just as CNG. This means that we can produce CNG like gas from the stubble. Why can’t we adopt such technology? This factory buys the stubble from the farmers. This way the farmers also get money and their income increases. After buying the stubble from the farmers they bring it to their factory and produce CBG. Eventually, the IGL (Indraprastha Gas Limited) buys this gas. In Punjab, there are around seven such factories which are making coal and coke from the stubble. People from these factories go to the field of the farmers, cut the stubble and pay the farmers on Rs.500 per acre basis. Later these companies sell the coal to the NTPC."

He said, "This means that from stubble we can produce coal, coke, CNG and cardboards. If the state governments of India start utilising these new technologies by which rather than burning the stubble the farmers can increase their income by selling the stubble then it can put a halt on this problem. These factories are also employing many people. If all the state governments come together and start working on war footing then I believe that within a year we can control the stubble burning. I believe that we consider stubble as a liability but we need to convert stubble to an opportunity. The only condition here is that are we all ready to show our political goodwill Or we want to do politics over the issue?"

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "Till now the Central government is only convening meetings with the environment ministers of the states of north India. I want to request the Union Environment Minister to call a meeting of the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi every month because this is a big issue and it can’t be managed only at the level of the environment ministers of these states. We all should meet with an open mind and discuss the problem to find out the solutions. We should not get indulge in any kind of blame game. There can be different suggestions of solutions with the chief ministers of these states, therefore, we should discuss with an open mind. The environment ministers, senior officials and the experts from these states should also be present in these monthly meetings. We should continue these monthly meetings till the time we find out a solution to stop stubble burning. Strict deadlines and times lines should be made to combat the issue of stubble burning and air pollution. This is the only way by which we can find out a solution to this problem. The engineers and the experts have already given the solution but the only lacking is in political goodwill."


Art and Culture should play a key role in bringing about a social change and work towards eradicating hatred and violence : Manish Sisodia

Art and Culture has the power to tell the truth the way it is: Manish Sisodia
Delhi belongs to everyone. It should reflect the diverse culture & heritage of the entire nation: Manish Sisodia

New Cultural Policy will be an instrument in transforming the mindset of the society. It’s role will not be limited to cultural events: Manish Sisodia

Delhiites must have other spaces than hotels and restaurants to take their guests to cultural events : Manish Sisodia

Delhi Government should introduce Theatre Education in schools :Actor Manoj Bajpayee

I wanted to give this suggestion to a government that I am closely associated with: Manoj Bajpayee

New Delhi: 19-10-2020-Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that Art and Culture should play its part in making the society stand against hatred and violence. Today, violence and hatred is increasing and an all-round collapse of the moral fabric is evident. In such a situation, the Government of Delhi is formulating a comprehensive cultural policy to ensure meaningful contribution of art and culture towards transforming the mindset of the society.

Shri Sisodia said that in the first virtual meeting of the Delhi Cultural Policy Advisory Committee today. He said that the art and culture is the medium to put forward the truth in the most raw form and through this new Cultural Policy, the Delhi Govt. aims to change the mindset of the society.

Shri Sisodia cited the example of the famous play ‘Maskhara Mauliyar’ In this play,, the protagonist says - "Who will stop me, if I tell the truth in my humour?

Shri Sisodia said that the Delhi Govt wants to create such a cultural atmosphere in Delhi where there are some good activities happening every day. Just like people take their guests to cinemas and restaurants , now people of Delhi will have many options to go to cultural events

Actor Manoj Vajpayee said in the meeting that it has been his dream for a long time that he would advise the government he has a close relationship to introduce theatre education in schools. Shri Vajpayee advised to bring the children of slums and squares into the mainstream through theater education. He said that there are various types of dance and music programs happening at every other metro station and streets in Paris.He also suggested to provide space for artists to perform in Delhi so that Delhi can be elevated as a cultural capital.

In the meeting, Shri Sisodia said that Delhi belongs to everyone, so the cultural diversity and heritage of the entire country should be reflected in the cultural events of Delhi. The government of Kashmir or Bihar or any other state can remain focused on the language and culture of its own state, but Delhi has the distinction of being the national capital. Therefore, people from any part of the country should get a glimpse of an array of the cultural diversity symbolsing India.. The government is working fast to make Delhi a vibrant center of art and culture.

Shri Sisodia said that this is a big dream. A cultural policy is being formulated to make it come true. For this, the Department of Art Culture and Languages of the Government of Delhi has constituted a fifteen member committee advisory committee. It will submit its report within two months.

The advisory committee consists of personalities and experts from the field of art and culture. These include actors Manoj Bajpayee and Javed Jaffrey, Art & Policy expert Pooja Sood, JNU's School of Arts and Aesthetics Professor, Ira Bhaskar. Also, Ashwini Kumar, principal of Delhi College of Art, social activist Vineet Nagar, folk dancer Bina Vyas are also in the committee. Similarly, music producer Breen Desai, art expert Abhinandita Dayal Mathur, artists and researchers Bhagwati Prasad and Latika Gupta, artist and educationist Aastha Chauhan are also a part of the committee.

In the meeting, Mr. Sisodia said that we do not want to restrict art and culture to mere events, but through it we have a dream to change our mindset. Artists have brought about major changes in the past and today we expect a greater role from the people who represent this field. Shri Sisodia said that the formulation of this cultural policy is an unprecedented step towards working and promoting the cultural landscape and history of our country. Through this, a roadmap will also be sought for the creative economy of Delhi.

In the meeting, Shri Sisodia said that our government has taken many steps to advance arts and culture. But until now there is no clear structure of these activities. This is the reason why we want to create a holistic cultural policy so that it is possible to create a better cultural environment in a systematic way.

Shri Sisodia said that earlier cultural activities in Delhi were limited to Mandi House and Red Fort. The Delhi Govt. successfully used it to reach various areas of Delhi through 'Dastak' and other programs. He also mentioned the missed call system to provide information about cultural programmes to the general public and expand the overall reach. More than 80,000 people registered for the programmes. Shri Sisodia said that instead of limiting cultural programs to a few people, we want to reach the people of Delhi. This will change people's thinking and create a better cultural environment. Shri Sisodia assured that the Aam Aadmi Party government will implement the cultural policy presented by the Advisory Committee with full political will.

Various members gave important suggestions in the meeting. Social activist Vineet Nagar said that about 300 villages in Delhi should get an opportunity to further their culture. People from different states live in many areas, they should also get a chance to bring their cultural heritage to the fore.

Bhagwati Prasad said that artists do not come from any other world, they belong to our society. We have to give that artist the space and opportunity in which he can refine his art.

Pooja Sood said that the political will of the Delhi government is praise worthy. Professor Ira Bhaskar said that under this cultural policy we should also connect the areas of North East Delhi and build societies for the training of artists.

Separate subcommittees were formed in the meeting to draft policy on various issues. It is noteworthy that the Art Culture and Languages Department of the Delhi Government issued an order to set up this 15-member committee on 22 September 2020. In this, the Secretary of the Department has been made Chairman and the Special Secretary has been made Member Secretary. Secretary of the Sahitya Kala Parishad is also a member.

The Government of Delhi believes that art and culture have great importance in shaping the society and it has the potential for social change. This policy is an effort towards preserving and promoting Delhi's multicultural heritage. The government strives for inclusiveness, diversity, democratization of knowledge, expansion of cultural landscape, social change and decentralization of government spending in its vision for arts and culture.
Delhi govt to launch "Red Light On, Gaadi Off" ground campaign from October 21 to November 15: Shri Gopal Rai

"Red Light On, Gaadi Off" will be an awareness campaign and no enforcement will take place, environment marshals will give red roses to the violators at the traffic signal to create awareness: Shri Gopal Rai

Delhi Police has identified 100 key traffic signals; Delhi government will deploy a total of 2,500 environment marshalls to carry out this campaign: Shri Gopal Rai

Local SDM and traffic police ACP will monitor this campaign; if required Transport department deputy commissioner (enforcement) will also oversee the campaign: Shri Gopal Rai

Delhi govt to write to all MPs, MLAs, councillors, RWAs, industrial and other social agencies to take part in this campaign: Shri Gopal Rai

We believe this campaign will be a role model for the entire nation. This campaign is about behavioural change and won't cause any hindrance to an individual: Shri Gopal Rai

NEW DELHI,19.10.20-Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Monday said that the Delhi government will launch "Red Light On, Gaadi Off" ground campaign from October 21 to November 15. He added that "Red Light On, Gaadi Off" will be an awareness campaign and no enforcement will take place. Shri Rai said that the environment marshals will give red roses to the violators at the traffic signal to create awareness. He said that the Delhi police has identified 100 key traffic signals and the Delhi government will deploy a total of 2,500 environment marshals to carry out this campaign. Shri Rai informed that local SDM and traffic police ACP will monitor this campaign and if required transport department's deputy commissioner (enforcement) will also oversee the campaign. He said that the Delhi government will write to all MPs, MLAs, councillors, RWAs, industrial and other social agencies to take part in this campaign.

At a press conference organised on Monday afternoon, Minister of Environment, Shri Gopal Rai briefed the media on the impending dangers to the environment and the measures being taken to combat the same.

"Very recently, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal launched a multifold campaign against pollution in the city, titled “Yudh Pradushan ke Virudh”. The first phase under this umbrella campaign was targeted at reducing dust pollution. The Delhi Government has taken stringent measures against those who were found violating rules," said Shri Rai.

He said, "On behalf of the Environment department, DPCC, DDA, irrigation and flood department, PWD, MCD, I appeal to all ongoing construction works, public or private that Delhi is yours as much as it is ours. We should all take responsibility. We are not in favour of taking harsh steps however, in order to save lives during this pandemic, we are bound to take stringent measures."

Shri Rai said, "The decomposer produced by Pusa Research Institute which can turn straw and stubble into manure for further use, has been produced at a large scale and is being sprayed in various parts of the city to cease pollution caused by stubble burning and at the same time providing an effective alternative to the same."

He said, "As part of the next phase, “Red light on; Gaadi off” campaign was launched by the Hon'ble Chief Minister to curb pollution caused by fuel burning. On Friday, a detailed and strategic meeting was called to discuss the planning of the same. The meeting saw the participation of all the concerned departments including officers from Environment, DPCC, Transport, Traffic Police, and Revenue. Orders were issued to them to submit a detailed action plan today. After detailed discussions and deliberations, it has been decided that this campaign will be launched on the ground on October 21, 2020, and will go on till November 15, 2020.

Shri Rai said, “This campaign is targeted at initiating a behavioural change. It is an awareness campaign and not enforcement. It is the campaign of the 2 crore people in Delhi. People, who are concerned about the catastrophic consequences pollution can have amidst the ongoing pandemic. This campaign is about taking ownership."

He said, "This campaign will be effective from morning 8 am till evening 8 pm. For this, Transport and Traffic police have identified and submitted a list of a select group of 100 major traffic points, from 11 districts. This campaign has been decided to run by way of these Marshals. Around 2500 environmental marshals have been deployed In these crossroads. They will be working in 2 shifts, and 10 Marshals will be positioned at each traffic point. The first shift will be from 8 am to 2 pm. And the other will be from 2pm to 8pm. Apart from this, places like ITO, which are slightly bigger in size will see civil defence officers in double quantity. 10 such places have been identified. Around 2000 Marshalls for 100 crossroads. Extra 200 for the 10 slightly greater in size. 300 marshals have been kept as reserve in case of need."

Shri Rai said, "These Marshals have undergone extensive training. This training was executed under the guidance and surveillance of the district magistrates, officers from traffic police and vehicle department. Their activities will be monitored by SDM, ACP of traffic police and in case of need, DC of the Transport Department will also be deployed there. All 2500 Marshall’s will wear T-shirts, cap placards and will have stands to create maximum awareness. Following Gandhian principles, In the initial 3 days, these marshals will give a rose flower to those not turning off their car at the red light. And will appeal to them to participate in this quest to bring about a change. Your 2 mins are vital to save the lives of many.”

He said, "This campaign is touted to be a mass movement. Therefore, a letter will be written to all counsellors, MLAs, MPs and officers to participate and create awareness in their regions. All political parties in Delhi will be requested by way of a formal letter to participate in this campaign. In addition, all RWA, market associations, eco-club, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, NGOs, officer association and trade unions will receive letters from the AAP government to be a part of this campaign.

Shri Rai said, "This campaign calls for a collaborative effort for the betterment of the citizens of Delhi. As mentioned earlier, 15-20% vehicle pollution can be reduced by way of mass participation. We will also request teachers to educate students in ongoing online classes about this. Children played an important role when we launched the odd even campaign. They would remind adults to follow the rules. Advertisements, FM will be a part of this execution. We believe this campaign will be a role model for this nation. Without causing any major hindrance, only by behavioural change, we can bring down the share of vehicle pollution in PM2.5."