*BJP has pledged to destroy Delhi in the name of Bulldozer Justice; BJP leaders are playing petty politics to extort the public and gain political mileage: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Dy CM Manish Sisodia writes to Union Home Minister Amit Shah; says Centre must intervene and protect Delhiites from the havoc BJP is causing*

*BJP’s fanatical politics will drive Delhi into doom and leave 70% residents on the verge of homelessness: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Kejriwal Government stands in solidarity with the people of Delhi; we will put our lives on the line, we will go to jail but we won’t let BJP’s terror prevail: Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

NEW DELHI : 13TH MAY 2022-Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia on Friday wrote to Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah and said that the Centre must intervene and protect Delhiites from the havoc BJP is causing. He stated that the BJP has pledged to destroy Delhi in the name of Bulldozer Justice and BJP leaders are playing petty politics to extort money from the public and gain political mileage. The Deputy CM argued that BJP’s fanatical politics will drive Delhi into doom and leave 70% residents on the verge of homelessness. He asserted that the Kejriwal Government stands in solidarity with the people of Delhi and said, “we will put our lives on the line, we will go to jail but we won’t let BJP’s terror prevail.”


Addressing a press conference on Friday, Shri Manish Sisodia said, "Through its 'Bulldozer Politics,' the BJP is planning to evict 63 lakh people from their homes in Delhi. MCD has issued notices to 50 lakh individuals living in 1750 illegal colonies and 10 lakh people living in 860 slum areas and Jhuggi-Jhopri Clusters on the BJP's orders."

The Deputy Chief Minister added, “The BJP intends to bulldoze every house in these colonies. In addition, the BJP-led MCD has sent summons to 3 lakh persons across the city who have made even minor changes to their homes' structure. This plot would result in India's worst calamity in history, with over 60 lakh people being homeless as a result of the BJP's bulldozer tactics in Delhi. There will be widespread outrage.” He went on to say that if 70% of Delhi's population becomes homeless all at once, there will be no greater damage in India's history.

He added, “The Kejriwal government is vehemently opposed to any politics that threatens to devastate the nation's capital. Although the BJP's term in MCD has come to an end, the party continues to move around the city with bulldozers demolishing houses and performing recovery work.” He continued, "Over the years, the BJP has enabled these colonies to prosper, make money, and now it is demolishing them."

The Deputy Chief Minister assured residents of Delhi that the Aam Aadmi Party and the Kejriwal Government will go to whatever length to safeguard people's homes. He stated that we are even willing to go to jail if necessary. We strongly reject the BJP's recovery plan, which includes bulldozing residences all throughout the city.

He urged Home Minister Amit Shah to take tough measures against the BJP's actions in Delhi, which he said are harming the lives of ordinary people. "In the last 17 years, BJP leaders and MCD officials have furiously sanctioned unauthorised buildings across Delhi, made a lot of money, and are now displacing people under the pretence of Bulldozer politics. Action should be taken against such leaders and officials, not the public. First, their dwellings should be bulldozed."

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*Delhi Model goes global — MLA Atishi addresses the ICLEI World Congress 2022 at Sweden’s Malmo Summit and highlights the transformation of Delhi under the Kejriwal Government

*Delhi has shown in the last 7 years that a city of 30 million residents can strive towards equity, inclusion and sustainability while showing resounding economic growth: Atishi

*Government schools have been getting better results than private schools for the last 4 years in Delhi: Atishi

*The per capita income of Delhi is 3 times higher than the rest of the country and state GDP has increased 150% in the last decade: Atishi

*Delhi Government, with its efficient budget management policies and fiscal prudence has been able to increase government subsidies as well as expenditure on education and healthcare consistently: Atishi

NEW DELHI 13TH MAY 2022-MLA Atishi addressed the ICLEI World Congress 2022 at Sweden’s Malmo Summit today and highlighted the transformation of Delhi under the Kejriwal Government. Talking about the transformation of the state under the Delhi Model, she said that if Delhi - a city with 30 million residents - can move towards equity and inclusion, then I believe that every city in the world can do the same. MLA Ms Atishi said, “Delhi has shown in the last 7 years that a city of 30 million residents can strive towards equity, inclusion and sustainability while showing resounding economic growth. Government schools have been getting better results than private schools for the last 4 years in Delhi. The per capita income of Delhi is 3 times higher than the rest of the country and state GDP has increased 150% in the last decade. Delhi Government, with its efficient budget management policies and fiscal prudence has been able to increase government subsidies as well as expenditure on education and healthcare consistently.”


MLA Ms Atishi said, “As we gather today at the Malmo Summit to discuss equity and inclusion, we must remember that we live in a world of inequity and exclusion. 1 in 3 people in the world do not have access to clean drinking water. Over 200 million people in the world are going to be unemployed in 2022. 85% of the world’s population put together does not have access to even half the resources that are available to 1% of the world’s population. Cities - especially in the Global South- face some of the deepest inequalities in this world. Access to basic necessities - water, electricity, sanitation, education and healthcare - is not assured to many of those who live in cities across the world. And as the population in cities grows at an unprecedented pace, these inequalities and exclusions are only becoming deeper. As we look to create more equitable and inclusive cities, we are often asked - will equity, inclusion and sustainability come at the cost of economic growth?”

She added, “Delhi has shown in the last 7 years that both are possible - that a city of 30 million residents can strive towards equity, inclusion and sustainability while showing resounding economic growth. In 2015, a new party came to power in Delhi, the ‘Aam Aadmi Party’, the Party of the Common Man, under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal. We faced many challenges. Power cuts were frequent, power tariffs were extremely high, a limited population had access to piped drinking water and proper sewerage facilities, Public healthcare systems were almost non-existent. The public schools, with almost 1.5 million students, lacked the most basic facilities such as a separate toilet for boys and girls and a high degree of teacher absenteeism. Majority of the population lived in areas deemed to be “Unauthorised” and hence were bereft of any development. In the last 7 years, the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi has turned all this around.”

She continued, “Government schools - that in 2015 looked dilapidated. The very epitome of inequity and exclusion, 7 years later look better than any private school of the country ever has. Government schools have been getting better results than private schools for the last 4 years. Last year, two hundred thousand students shifted from private schools to government schools. Today all of the city's population have access to Primary Health care centres called “Mohalla clinics” where the citizens get free consultations from a qualified doctor and free tests and medicines. More than 50 million such consultations have happened in the last 5 years. We now have 24*7 electricity, the lowest electricity tariffs in the country, with a major shift towards renewable sources of energy. More than 1,500 residential areas have got piped water supply for the first time; more than 500 residential areas have been connected to the sewerage network for the first time.”

The MLA further said, “All this has been achieved with increasing revenues and budget sizes at the same time. The total budget of Delhi has increased from Rs.300 billion (in 2015) to 750 billion (in 2022). And every year, the Delhi Government has increased its revenues and had a revenue-surplus budget. The per capita income of Delhi is 3 times higher than the rest of the country and state GDP has increased 150% in the last decade. We believe that one of the most important aspects of sustainable development is sustainable finances. The Delhi Government, with its efficient budget management policies and fiscal prudence has been able to increase government subsidies as well as expenditure on Education and healthcare consistently. And this is what has led to economic growth in Delhi. If Delhi - a city with 30 million residents - can move towards equity and inclusion, then I believe that every city in the world can do the same.”
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*9-member Green Cover Development Committee will work to increase Delhi’s green area- Gopal Rai*

*Forest Research Institute, Dehradun to independently audit the Tree Transplantation done by all departments to monitor on ground progress- Gopal Rai*

*Today a joint review meeting was held at Delhi Secretariat with all the concerned departments and empanelled agencies regarding the Tree Transplantation Policy- Gopal Rai*

*Departments that fail to submit reports of their Tree Transplantation work to not be granted construction clearances anymore - Gopal Rai*

NEW DELHI : 13th May 2022-The Kejriwal Government has constituted a 9-member Green Cover Development Committee to enrich and expand Delhi’s greenery. Under this initiative, the Green Cover Development Committee will work to increase Delhi’s green area. At the same time, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun will independently audit the Tree Transplantation done by all departments to monitor on ground progress. A high-level joint review meeting with all concerned departments and empanelled agencies in relation to the Tree Transplantation Policy was held today at the Delhi Secretariat. The meeting was presided over by Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai. Officers and experts from all relevant departments and agencies, including Forest and Wildlife, MCD, Delhi Jal Board, CPWD, DMRC, PWD, Railway, NHAI, among others, attended the meeting.


Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, “Earlier in Delhi, trees were cut for development work, and new plants were planted in their place. We eventually determined that newly planted saplings took a long time to grow, so the government implemented a tree transplantation policy that required all plants that could be transplanted to be transplanted. A joint review meeting was held today with all departments and empaneled agencies that had requested department approval for tree transplantation in the previous year. Major departments include the NHAI, NCRTC, NBCC, DMRC, RLDA, PGCIL, Jal Board, CPWD, PWD, and MCD."

"Based on the reports received during this meeting, it has been determined that different departments and agencies have varying survival rates when it comes to tree transplantation. The average survival rate of trees has been found to be between 50 and 55 percent. In addition, due to the unsatisfactory results of many agencies and departments, the departmental tree transplantation will now be audited by the Forest Research Institute in Dehradun. No files related to any department that does not submit their respective reports to the Forest Department will be approved for any further construction work. Furthermore, any empanelment agencies that do not perform tree-transplantation work optimally will be blacklisted. The Forest Research Institute Dehradun will also audit the tree transplantation performed by the departments that have received approval for tree transplantation thus far.” he further added.

*-Green cover development committee constituted*

In response to the DDA letter, Shri Gopal Rai stated, "Describing the scarcity of land, DDA has requested to revise the tree transplantation policy for Compensatory Plantation from 1:10 to 1:2." First and foremost, the Forest Department has been directed to issue an order directing the DDA to submit a detailed report on the available land to them. In anticipation of a potential land constraint and to increase green cover in Delhi, the department has formed a 9-member Green Cover Development Committee. This committee will work to increase green space based on land availability. This committee will include two representatives from PWD and one each from CPWD, DDA, Forest Department, MCD, School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi Urban Art Commission, and IARI (Pusa)."

He concluded, "Our government's goal is to increase the amount of green space in Delhi as much as possible so that the people of Delhi can be free of pollution. The Delhi government is always eager to increase and safeguard the city's green area."