*CM Arvind Kejriwal launches the 'Green Delhi' mobile app to enable people to register complaints to report pollution sources and violations of anti-pollution norms
*A citizen can take a photo or shoot a video and audio of local pollutants, such as garbage burning, industrial pollution, construction dust, etc and upload them on the app: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*For the effective resolution of the complaints, constant monitoring will be done in our Green War Room, 70 Green marshals have been deployed for overall progress and monitoring of the resolution: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*The Delhi Govt has induced various measures to reduce pollution, such as shutting down of thermal power plants in Delhi, shifting 95% of the industries to non-polluting fuels, bio-decomposing, launching the progressive EV policy, and tree transplantation policy: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Our aim is to involve every department, be it DDA, MCD, Delhi government, to strengthen our 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh': CM Arvind Kejriwal
New Delhi: 29th October 2020Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched the 'Green Delhi' App to increase citizen participation and ensure timely action in Delhi's fight against pollution. Among a slew of anti-pollution measures announced earlier this month under the 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh' campaign, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal had said that the Delhi government will launch a photo, audio, and video-based 'Green Delhi' app to enable citizens of Delhi to report pollution violations and local sources of pollution in the city, such as garbage burning, dust due to construction activities, industrial activities, and other local pollutants. He said that a complaint lodged on the App will be received by the concerned departments, which will have to resolve the complaints in a time-bound manner, as per the specified timelines for different types of complaints.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, "The people of Delhi are suffering due to rising pollution levels in the city. In the last five years, pollution has reduced by 25% due to several measures taken by the Delhi government and the people of Delhi. This year too, efforts are being made to reduce pollution, such as shutting down of thermal power plants in Delhi, shifting 95% of the industries to non-polluting fuels, launching the progressive EV policy, and tree transplantation policy, etc. This year, we have converted stubble (Paraali) into manure using a bio-decomposing technique, and we have received satisfactory results until now. If this experiment is successful, we will be able to reduce smoke due to stubble burning by next year. We have sprayed the solution on the farmlands in Delhi and we hope that other governments will adopt the technique."
"Today, we are launching the 'Green Delhi' App. Our aim is to enable every citizen to participate in our 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh' campaign. No movement can happen until people take part in the movement. We are launching the 'Green Delhi' app that can be downloaded from the play store, it is available on android for now and will be available on other platforms soon," he added.
"In this app, a citizen can take a photo or shoot a video and audio of local pollutants, such as garbage burning, industrial pollution, construction dust, etc and upload them on the app to report it. "While reporting the activity, we will automatically get your location where the source of pollution was found," said the CM.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal said that a complaint lodged on the App will be received by the concerned departments, which will have to resolve the complaints in a time-bound manner, as per the specified timelines for different types of complaints. When the issue is resolved, the concerned department will also upload a picture that should show that the complaint has been resolved in a specified timeline. But if the citizen is not satisfied with the resolution of the complaint, he/she can reopen the complaint. The monitoring of the resolution of all complaints and the number of complaints received will be done in our 24x7 Green War Room. Around 70 Green marshals have also been deployed for effective resolution of complaints registered on the app.
"Please make us aware of any difficulties that you may face in the app initially, and we will work towards resolving them. Our aim is to involve every agency and department, be it DDA, MCD, Delhi government, to strengthen our 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh'," added the CM.
How to Use the 'Green Delhi' App
- Download the 'Green Delhi' App through Play Store.
- Register through your mobile number, fill in the required OTP, and register by filling in your name.
- Select the language you want to proceed in at the top right corner of the Home Page.
- Select the 'Register Complaint' option on the app. The app will detect your location through Google Maps.
- Select the type of complaint, department, fill in your address details, district.
- You may choose to register your complaint by uploading an audio, photo, and video of the pollutant on the app (optional). You may also add more information about the complaint in the comments section below.
- Click on the Submit button to lodge your complaint.
- You may also check the total number of complaints registered by you, the number of complaints resolved, and the number of complaints in progress on the Home Page of the App.
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*Dy CM Manish Sisodia and social entrepreneur Anshu Gupta interacted with students of Delhi Govt. schools under Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum
*No dream is big, or small; keep working on it passionately, says Goonj founder Anshu Gupta to Delhi govt. students
*“Anshu Gupta is dedicated to helping others by understanding their suffering”: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia
New Delhi - 29.10.2020-Delhi Deputy Chief Minister, and Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia, joined Anshu Gupta, social entrepreneur and founder of 'Goonj' to interact with students of Delhi government schools for a Live Entrepreneurship Interaction. “It is important to dream, and no dream is big, or small,” said Gupta whilst interacting with the students online. The Live Entrepreneurship Interaction is part of the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum (EMC) in government schools in Delhi.
The students in the session were able to learn Gupta’s colourful journey,his success behind setting up one of the most successful NGOs in India, and also got the opportunity to interact with him.
Entrepreneur Anshu Gupta, recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, founded Goonj in 1999, an NGO that works in humanitarian relief, aid and development sector - to support the vulnerable, and the underprivileged. Born to a government employee, Gupta’s childhood and schooling was shaped by living in different remotest areas due to his father’s government postings. “I want to tell you who I am. I’ve studied in seven different govt. schools in places like Banwasa (Haryana), Chakrata (Uttarakhand), and other remote areas. My parents taught me how to be adaptable by reminding me to adjust according to my surroundings; something that is especially revered by parents nowadays,” he said.
On starting Goonj, he shared with the students that the seed was sown when he realised he wanted to actively bring a change in the society. Gupta shifted to Delhi in 1990 to pursue mass communication; as a migrant in Delhi. He said that was the beginning of Goonj. “You see the suffering of people day in and day out which keeps distracting you. But you still sleep peacefully because you know that you have more to do tomorrow,” Gupta said. “it’s not a sacrifice for me because what I do brings us joy,” he added.
Gupta then went on to express his gratitude to the government schools that set the base of his entrepreneurial journey. “I had a beautiful middle-class life where my parents focused on good education. I want to tell the students that government schools have played a huge role in what I am today. They’re the backbone of this country where the majority of India studies,” he added.
The students actively participated in the session by asking thoughtful questions. On being asked if his disaster relief campaigns were scary, Gupta replied saying that the fear is there, but one shouldn’t give into it. “You won’t be able to work, or go to vulnerable, and disaster-struck areas if the fear paralyses you. Instead, take all the precautions but don’t let the fear overwhelm you,” he said.
Another student asked Gupta about his work on spreading awareness about menstruation in small villages, and wanted to understand how such taboo subjects can be addressed. Gupta said that the misconception on women’s issues isn’t just limited to villages but is prevalent amongst educated people too. “But it is with the right intent, and honesty that one can gain the trust of the people. You gain their trust first to get the message across,” Gupta added.
During the initial years of Goonj, Gupta said that they decided to sell hand-made bamboo watches for Rs 250 at Dilli Haat. “We looked into innovative ways of creating upcycled products. We didn’t compromise on the quality, because we wanted people to think of investing in beautiful products made in India rather than thinking of it as charity. We worked hard to change the perception that comes with charity organisations,” Gupta added.
Encouraging students to take failures in their strides, Gupts said, “Let the work talk for you. We made a conscious effort to strengthen our pillars. We made mistakes but we learnt from them. And slowly, people started trusting us, and our work.”
On naming Goonj, Gupta said he thought it was a poetic word. “Since the beginning, we wanted Goonj to spread like an idea; so people learn from it, replicate it, improve it and finally make it their own. We wanted this idea to become bigger, and better, and we want more young entrepreneurs to get associated with this vision. That’s why we kept it open source - Goonj is everyone’s,” Gupta said.
“Students should take inspiration from Anshu, whose passion to change the world and help lakhs of people in the country is a one-of-its-kind success story. We designed the curriculum keeping this in mind, to connect our students with entrepreneurs who can guide them by sharing their stories, and develop the mindset one needs to become one. I’m grateful to Anshu Gupta who took the time out to speak to our children, and share his journey with them”, said Shri Sisodia during the interaction.
Shri Sisodia praised Gupta’s dedication, and said, “If you’ve seen 3 Idiots, there were two types of characters - Rancho and Chatur - both successful in their own way. Now if I ask you what do you want to become, what will you say? Chatur is a favorite of his teachers and does everything well but he does not have the entrepreneurship mindset that Rancho has. Chatur follows the system but doesn’t enjoy it whereas Rancho enjoys his education.
“The same thought is with Anshu ji, in which he enjoys helping people, and I hope the students learn from him,” Sisodia said.
Shri Sisodia said that Gupta has helped the disaster-struck victims for years now, and that it was inspiring to see Gupta helping the Bihar flood victims, when Sisodia visited Bihar in 2008, with Arvind Kejriwal. Shri Sisodia said that since their meeting in Bihar, he’s been deeply impressed by the public service spirit of Gupta.
The 11th live entrepreneur interaction was organised by SCERT, Delhi. Despite the lockdown, the entrepreneurial curriculum, which has now been made online, continues in Delhi government schools for students from class 9 to 12 who get an opportunity to interact with some of the most enterprising entrepreneurs in India.
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*Deputy CM Manish Sisodia writes a scathing letter to the three Mayors of MCD calling out their lies and petty politics over the issue of delayed salaries to health workers in MCD hospitals*
*Deputy CM counters bogus claims by the three MCD Mayors with hard facts showing that the MCDs owe over Rs 8600 Crores to the Delhi government*
*CAG audit report and Orders from Delhi High Court clearly show that Delhi government has made all payments to MCDs in a timely manner, and it is the MCD that owes a large sum of money to Delhi government: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*
*Rs 1752 Cr already disbursed to the three MCDs this year until October 26: Dy CM Sisodia*
*Rise above petty politics, focus on the real issue of corruption and financial mismanagement in each of the three MCDs and demand the unpaid amount of Rs 12,000 Cr to the Central government that is a right of the people of Delhi: Dy CM Sisodia*
NEW DELHI : 29.10.2020-Deputy CM Manish Sisodia today wrote a scathing letter to each of three Mayors of MCD calling out their lies and petty politics over the issue of delayed salaries to health workers in MCD hospitals. The three Mayors had earlier protested in front of CM’s residence claiming a large amount of balance payment from Delhi government to the MCDs. Countering the bogus claims made by the Mayors, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia presented hard facts showing that not only had Delhi government paid all the funds due to the MCDs as per the Fifth Delhi Finance Commission, they have paid over and above this amount resulting in a huge outstanding loan. Based on latest records, MCDs have outstanding loans from Delhi Government to the tune of Rs 6008 Crores, they also have arrears of Rs 2596 Crores to the Delhi Jal Board. Hence, in all, they owe over Rs 8600 Crores to the Delhi government. Dy CM Sisodia urged the three Mayors to rise above petty politics and focus on the real issue of corruption and financial mismanagement in each of the three MCDs. He urged the Mayors to demand the unpaid amount of Rs 12,000 Cr to the Central government that is a right of the people of Delhi Mayors to
Writing to the Mayors, Dy CM Sisodia said, “I am writing this letter with much anguish and disappointment over your actions as the three Mayors of Delhi (NDMC, EDMC, SDMC) with regards to the unpaid salaries of doctors and healthcare workers in MCD hospitals. From your actions, it is clear that rather than find a viable resolution of the matter using all administrative options available to the MCDs, you are only interested in peddling lies and indulging in shameful politics over this issue. In the process, you have caused unprecedented pain to the families of thousands of healthcare workers and lowered the prestige of the national capital at a time when the entire country has united in the fight against Corona.”
Presenting hard facts to counter the bogus claims of the three MCD mayors, Dy CM said:
1.Over the past many years, not only has the Delhi government paid MCD their due share of taxes, but it has paid a large sum over and above as loan. As on 1st April 2020, a total of Rs 6,008 Cr loan is outstanding over the three MCDs, as per records of the Urban Development department, GNCTD. This includes Rs 1977 Cr outstanding from EDMC, Rs 3243 Cr from NDMC and Rs 788 Cr from SDMC.
2.Even the recent CAG report (Audit Report No. 1) on State Finances of NCT of Delhi has noted that a large amount of unpaid loans to the extent of Rs 3814.89 Cr are due from the three MCDs to the Govt of NCT of Delhi as on 31st March 2018.
3.Besides the huge amounts of outstanding loans owed by the MCDs to Govt of NCT of Delhi, the three MCDs collectively owe Rs 2596.32 Cr in arrears to the Delhi Jal Board.
4.As for the amount owed by Govt of NCT of Delhi to MCDs for the current financial year 2020-21, as per the Fifth Delhi Finance Commission calculations, a total of Rs 1965.91 Cr is due until 26th October 2020 of which Rs 1752.61 Cr has been already paid. So it is clear that no major amount is due from Govt of NCT of Delhi, and any other figure that the Mayors of MCDs are demanding from Govt of NCT of Delhi is fictional and an attempt to divert the attention of public from the deep financial mismanagement and corruption inside the MCDs.
5.The fact that no dues from Govt of NCT of Delhi is outstanding to MCDs has been upheld by the courts too. In the order dated 12.06.2020 of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, it is clearly stated that Govt of NCT of Delhi has already disbursed the legally payable amount to North Delhi Municipal Corporation in the month of May 2020. However, since NDMC was still unable to pay the salaries of doctors and health workers from March 2020 onwards, Govt of NCT of Delhi went out of its way to make an advance payment of Rs 8 Crore towards the salaries of staff in six hospitals of NDMC, to be adjusted against future payments.
6.It is the Central Government that has not paid the due amount to the MCDs to the tune of Rs 12,000 Cr. It is well known that the Central Government provides grants to all the Municipal Corporations of our country. The amount given to Municipal Corporations is calculated based on their population and for every person residing in that city, Rs 488/- per person is given as municipal development funds. In total, Rs 2,87,636 is given as municipal funds to all the cities of the country except the Delhi MCDs. The Central government has granted funds to Ghaziabad and Gurugram from this fund, but none to the MCDs in Delhi. Based on Delhi’s population, this amounts to a total of Rs 12,000 Cr over the last ten years that should have been granted by the Centre to the MCDs. Why has not a single rupee out of this amount been demanded by the MCDs from the Central government?
7.MCD's own internal audit reports have pointed to complete financial mismanagement of the three MCDs. In the internal audit report of 2016-17, North MCD's Chief Municipal Auditor found Rs 3,299 Cr of financial irregularities. Additionally, the audit reports pointed that South MCD has Rs. 1,177 Crore outstanding arrears of property tax but there is no attempt to recovery – we all know what that means.
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*Since its launch earlier in the day, 'Green Delhi' App receives 228 complaints related to various departments*
*Around 21 departments, both Central government and Delhi government monitored, have been attached to the app, with separate nodal officers and coordinators for effective resolution of the complaints: Gopal Rai*
*For the monitoring of the complaints, we are deploying 70 Green Marshals for ground verification of complaints in case of any dubious complaint: Gopal Rai*
*The live monitoring of the war rooms has been going on. We have also prepared an internal dashboard: Gopal Rai*
*Delhi government is doing a massive anti-pollution drive, stringent action is needed on behalf of centre to curb pollution from around Delhi: Gopal Rai*
New Delhi: *29th October 2020*Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai on Thursday said that around 228 complaints related to various departments have been registered until now since the launch of the 'Green Delhi' App by CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal earlier in the day. He said that around 21 departments, both Central government and Delhi government monitored, have been attached to the app, with separate nodal officers and coordinators for effective resolution of the complaints. He said that a meeting on the complaints received and overall monitoring with the nodal officers and coordinators of every department will be conducted on November 2 at 4 PM.
Shri Gopal Rai said, "Around 228 complaints, related to different departments, have been registered on the 'Green Delhi' App which was launched today. A system has been created in the Green War Room for daily and effective monitoring of the complaints. Around 21 departments, including MCDs, DDA, DJB,Delhi Police, DSIDC, Delhi Government departments, etc are attached to the app. Every department has a nodal officer attached with it along with the senior officer who is incharge of all the complaints registered related to the department. A team for overall coordination has also been deployed. Around 12 coordinators have been assigned to the green war room who will check every complaint and overlook the resolution of all the complaints as per the timeline, especially a specified timeline of 48 hours. If the complaints are not resolved within 48 hours, they will coordinate with the senior officials of the departments and work to resolve the complaints. For the monitoring of the complaints, we are deploying 70 Green Marshals. For instance, if a complaint is being registered repeatedly despite being resolved, the green marshals will visit the location to inspect the situation for any false reporting."
"Since the app has been launched today, the complaints received in the next 2-3 days will be monitored department-wise. A meeting on the complaints received and overall monitoring with the nodal officers and coordinators of every department will be conducted on November 2 at 4 PM. The live monitoring of the war rooms has been going on. We have also prepared an internal dashboard. We aim to strengthen our fight against pollution in our 'Yuddh, Pradushan Ke Viruddh' campaign of the Delhi Government," he added.
Shri Gopal Rai said that the Delhi government has launched a massive 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign in Delhi against vehicular emissions. We are launching the campaign in all the 272 wards of Delhi. The app has been launched for the effective resolution of issues caused due to local pollutants such biomass burning construction activities, industrial activities, etc. The bio decomposer solution has been used on the farm lands in Delhi, which has helped prevent stubble burning in Delhi. We will get the final report on it on November 4. But the massive campaign launched by the Delhi government to combat internal sources of pollution in Delhi, has been happening for the first time in the country. The government is also going to launch an anti-cracker campaign in Delhi from November 3, to prevent the pollution caused by burning crackers this year.
On the formation of the Commission for Air Quality Management by the Centre, Shri Gopal Rai said, "Stringent steps do need to be taken to curb pollution, but taking action is better and more important than forming teams. These powers were granted by the Supreme Court to CPCB and EPCA earlier as well, but these powers are useless if there is no action. Recently, generators were allowed to operate in Noida. In this case, no committee would work. We shut down thermal plants in Delhi despite having no special committee in Delhi. The central committee needs to act against the 11 thermal power plants around Delhi that are causing pollution. Law is necessary, but if there would be no action, then biomass burning, stubble burning, thermal power plants, and implementation of different policies in Delhi and other states will continue."
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