*I immediately called for a meeting with the Mayors of the three MCDs as per directions from Hon’ble CM Arvind Kejriwal, but they didn’t show up: Satyendar Jain*
*We could have reached an effective solution via deliberations. But they stressed more on politicising the matter: Satyendar Jain*
*MCDs are putting baseless allegations against Delhi Government for lack of funds, but they are putting up hoardings around the city which proves there is no dearth of funds with BJP-run MCD: Satyendar Jain*
*Either function properly, pay salaries on time or resign from the responsibility. Else hand over the MCD to Delhi Government for effective functioning: Satyendar Jain*
NEW DELHI: *26 October 2020*Delhi Health Minister Shri Satyendar Jain on Monday called upon a meeting with the three mayors of the MCDs. After the direction from Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, the Health Minister called upon a meeting to find out a solution over the issue of non payment of salaries of the medical staff of the North-MCD run hospitals. However, the three mayors refused to show up for the meeting with Shri Satyendar Jain, thereby denying any chances of discussion or conciliation on the matter.
Today, mayors of all three BJP run MCDs protested outside the residence of CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, over the non payment of salaries to the employees of their own hospitals, Hindu Rao and Kasturba Gandhi. The Nurses and doctors have been protesting since October 5 and have not been paid for the last four months.
Addressing the issue of the ongoing protest, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Satyendar Jain said, “I received a call from the Hon’ble CM and I immediately made it known to the Mayors that I will be expecting them at 2pm . But hours have passed since then, and they haven’t showed up. The doctors and nurses at both Hindu Rao and Kasturba Gandhi have been protesting since long. Had the mayors wanted a discussion, they would have come and we could have landed up at an effective solution to solve this impending issue."
"But they wanted to politicise the matter. In addition, the Central government allocates a budget to all the MCDs across the nation except Delhi. If they were facing trouble in running MCD, they could have asked the Central government for financial help."
Responding to the query surrounding allegations put by BJP led MCD on Delhi Government not releasing payments which has led to the void in their finances, Shri Jain said, “The expenditure done by MCD is known to all. A small example of it would be the hoardings they put in and around Delhi. These hoardings don’t come for free. This proves that there is no dearth of funds. Putting baseless allegations on the Delhi Government for lack of funds is not justified when their management system is filled up to the brimmed with corruption. Take House tax for example. If they have to collect ₹2500 crore, they will show a collection of ₹1000 crore on paper and divide the remaining ₹1500 crore amongst themselves. Malfunctioning in their own management system, is not reason enough for them to accuse Delhi Government for not providing funds. They need to do a better job at optimum utilisation of the budget," said Shri Jain.
The issue has been increasingly haunting the heroes of the front lines protesting since long to get their dues for providing services when the virus brought the entire nation to a standstill.
“We have given an open invitation to hand over the MCD to us. We will both, effectively and efficiently run it. We also promise that we will pay the salaries of our heroes on time. Either you function properly or you resign from the responsibility. We will do whatever is required of us, financially to make sure the doctors and nurses receive their dues at the earliest.” added Shri Jain.
The minister said that in case the mayors will go to the Central Government to request funding, they have full support of the Delhi Government in doing so. The ultimate aim is to pay the salaries due to the Corona warriors.
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*Delhi Government launches 'Red Light On Gaadi Off' campaign in all 70 constituencies in Delhi
*Delhi Assembly Speaker and Delhi Cabinet Ministers to join the campaign in the coming days
*Starting November 2, we will be taking this campaign forward in all the 272 wards in Delhi, so that more and more people participate in the campaign: Gopal Rai
*A single vehicle contributes to 15-20% pollution while idling at traffic signals, the aim is to reduce that 15-20% pollution by switching vehicle ignitions off: Gopal Rai
*The problem of pollution is bigger than politics and party affiliations: Gopal Rai
*It is the responsibility of all the governments and the citizens of Delhi to ensure their contribution in reducing the pollution of Delhi: Gopal Rai
New Delhi: 26.10.20-Launching the ‘Red Light On, Gaadi Off’ campaign in all the 70 constituencies today, Delhi Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said that everyone, including MPs, MLAs, agencies and the citizens of Delhi should participate in the campaign and contribute on their behalf, leaving their political affiliations aside, to combat the problem of air-pollution in Delhi. He said that a single vehicle contributes to 15-20% pollution while idling at traffic signals, the aim is to reduce that 15-20% pollution by switching vehicle ignitions off. He also announced that from November 2, the Delhi government will be taking this campaign forward in all the 272 wards in the city, so that more and more people can participate in the campaign.
In the coming days, the Delhi Assembly Speaker and other Delhi Cabinet Ministers as well as MLAs will be participating in the campaign to encourage more and more citizens of Delhi to play their part by turning their vehicles off to reduce pollution in Delhi.
Briefing the media, Shri Gopal Rai said, "The 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign is starting today in all the 70 constituencies in Delhi. The government is spreading awareness at all the traffic signals in Delhi since 9AM in the morning. Starting November 2, we will be taking this campaign forward in all the 272 wards in Delhi, so that more and more people participate in the campaign. The Delhi government believed that active participation from the people is required to combat the problem of air-pollution in Delhi."
"The impact of the campaign and other measures will be ascertained by the scientists. But according to them, a single vehicle spends at least 15-20 minutes on an average at the traffic signals, and contributes to 15-20% vehicular pollution while idling at the traffic signals. If they switch their ignitions off, the pollution can be reduced by 15-20%," he added.
On the question of whether the government is considering issuing any advisory on pollution for the people of Delhi in the coming days, Shri Gopal Rai said, "The governments and all agencies such as the Supreme Court, EPCA, DPCC and all agencies are monitoring the situation of pollution in Delhi. We will take action wherever needed," he added.
Shri Gopal Rai said that the Delhi government has not received a positive response from the BJP MLAs and MPs until now, regarding the participation in the campaign. "It is the responsibility of all the governments and the citizens of Delhi to ensure their contribution in reducing the pollution of Delhi. The problem of pollution is bigger than politics and party affiliations, and it is not of the AAP alone. I want to appeal to everybody to participate in this campaign, keeping the party affiliations aside," added Shri Gopal Rai.
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Transport Minister holds meeting to discuss the identification of potential locations for setting up Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Delhi*
*New Delhi: 26.10.2020*-Transport Minister of Delhi Shri Kailash Gahlot today convened a meeting to discuss the status of identification of potential land sites owned by Government Departments / Agencies for setting up Electric Vehicle charging Infrastructure in Delhi. Senior officials from Transport Department, Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.(HPCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (BPCL) Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System Ltd.(DIMTS) and Delhi Transco Ltd. (DTL) attended the meeting. Vice-Chairperson of Dialogue & Development Commission of Delhi, Shri Jasmine Shah was also present in the meeting. During the meeting, Hon'ble Transport Minister emphasized on building an effective EV infrastructure across the city of Delhi for faster uptake of Electric Vehicles (EVs).
The first meeting for the Working Group on Accelerated Rollout of Charging Infrastructure in Delhi was held on 17th September 2020. During this meeting, the members had agreed that Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) as the State Nodal Agency for EVs, will pool government land parcels and integrate a state-wise tender to install charging stations across the city of Delhi. Simultaneously, DTL and Delhi DISCOMS will also conduct a joint-survey of the land parcels to identify sites for Priority 1 of the tendering process.
The Delhi EV Policy, 2020 targets 25% of all new vehicle registrations by 2024 to be Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). In order to encourage the rapid adoption of electric vehicles, the government is focusing on the speedy rollout of Electric Vehicle charging Infrastructure in Delhi. For the installation of EV charging stations, a centralized tendering system will be adopted to hire an energy operator to run, maintain and upgrade charging stations. The land-owning agencies will be required to provide land for the installation of public EV charging stations.
The Transport Minister, Shri Kailash Gahlot in a statement said “Delhi has the distinction of having the maximum number of different land owning agencies. We understand how crucial making an EV friendly ecosystem is to the effective implementation of this policy, and I am happy to note that all these land owning agencies are aligned to Delhi Government and our Hon'ble CMs vision of Delhi the EV capital of India. Our working group is already working diligently on identifying probable locations for installing charging infrastructure, and in the next few weeks, we are confident of having a final list of locations where charging stations would come up"