*As Delhi gears up to fight against pollution, CM Arvind Kejriwal announces 15 point Winter Action Plan; says, “unity and public cooperation pillars of this fight”
*Delhi Government to spray bio decomposer for free to tackle stubble; coverage area to be increased from 4,000 acres to 5,000 acres this year: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Anti-dust campaign to begin from October 6th; 586 teams formed for regular inspection of construction sites to ensure compliance: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Ban on production, storage, distribution and purchase of firecrackers to continue this year as well, 210 teams formed for surveillance: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Construction sites above 500 sq metres need to mandatorily register themselves on Delhi Government’s C&D portal: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Mandatory for construction sites above 5000 sq mtrs to have anti-smog guns; 233 smog guns to be installed across Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Delhi Government to deploy 80 road sweeping and 521 water sprinkling machines to curb pollution emerging from roads; 150 mobile anti-smog guns to go around the city: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Delhi has 203 busy roads with heavy traffic; we have prepared alternative routes to divert traffic from such roads; 611 teams formed to penalise open-burning of garbage: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Data from our Real-Time Source Apportionment study to come starting October 20th onwards, to reveal the type and source of pollution; IIT Kanpur to forecast pollution levels as well: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*3500 Paryavaran Mitras will raise awareness about environment protection; urge people to become Paryavaran Mitras by giving a missed call on 8448441758: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*A 20-acre E-waste Park is being developed in Holambi Kalan; e-waste will be processed scientifically at the park: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Green War Room will be operational from October 3rd; will comprise of 9 experts who will analyse data and prepare future course of action: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Requesting Delhiites to download ‘Green Delhi’ App to register complaints against garbage burning or vehicle pollution; we will take immediate action and resolve the problem: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*13 hotspots across Delhi to be put under strict surveillance; we will implement GRAP meticulously and coordinate with Central Government and NCR states to tighten noose on pollution: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Appeal to neighbouring states — only allow CNG or Electric Vehicles to enter into Delhi, direct industries to switch to PNG and provide 24x7 electricity in NCR: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Delhi Government’s tireless efforts have started bearing fruits; PM 10 levels in 2021-22 down by 18.6% from 2017-18 levels: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*We reduced pollution by supplying electricity 24x7, shutting down thermal plants, inspecting construction sites regularly, getting industries to switch to PNG, increasing green cover, bringing EV Policy, adding Electric and CNG buses to public transport fleet and developing smog tower: CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Fully optimistic that we will win the fight against pollution with cooperation of people of Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: 30TH SEPTEMBER 2022-Over the years, the Delhi Government has made remarkable progress in curbing pollution levels in the national capital. As Delhi gears up to fight against pollution this year, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced a 15 point Winter Action Plan. The Winter Action Plan will be the government's blueprint in this fight. The CM exhorted confidence in the preparations made by the government and said that unity and public cooperation are pillars of this fight that shall help the government succeed this year.
Announcing the Winter Action Plan, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal stated, "Delhi Government will spray bio decomposer for free to tackle stubble; coverage area will be increased from 4,000 acres to 5,000 acres this year. The Anti-dust campaign will begin from October 6th; 586 teams have been formed for regular inspection of construction sites to ensure compliance. Ban on production, storage, distribution and purchase of firecrackers to continue this year as well, 210 teams have been formed for surveillance. Construction sites above 500 sq metres need to mandatorily register themselves on Delhi Government’s C&D portal. Mandatory for construction sites above 5000 sq mtrs to have anti-smog guns; 233 smog guns to be installed across Delhi. Delhi Government will deploy 80 road sweeping and 521 water sprinkling machines to curb pollution emerging from roads; 150 mobile anti-smog guns to go around the city. Delhi has 203 busy roads with heavy traffic; we have prepared alternative routes to divert traffic from such roads; 611 teams formed to penalise open-burning of garbage. Data from our Real-Time Source Apportionment study to come starting October 20th onwards. It will reveal the type and source of pollution. IIT Kanpur will forecast pollution levels as well. 3500 Paryavaran Mitras will raise awareness about environment protection. I urge people to become Paryavaran Mitras by giving a missed call on 8448441758. A 20-acre E-waste Park is being developed in Holambi Kalan where e-waste will be processed scientifically. A Green War Room will be operational from October 3rd. It will comprise 9 experts who will analyse data and prepare the future course of action. I am Requesting Delhiites to download ‘Green Delhi’ App to register complaints against garbage burning or vehicle pollution. We will take immediate action and resolve the problem. 13 hotspots across Delhi will be put under strict surveillance. We will implement GRAP meticulously and coordinate with Central Government and NCR states to tighten noose on pollution."
Further talking about the Delhi Government's approach this year, the CM said, "I am appealing to the neighbouring states to only allow CNG or Electric Vehicles to enter into Delhi. They should direct industries to switch to PNG and provide 24x7 electricity in NCR. Delhi Government’s tireless efforts have started bearing fruits. PM 10 levels in 2021-22 down by 18.6% from 2017-18 levels. We have reduced pollution by supplying electricity 24x7, shutting down thermal plants, inspecting construction sites regularly, getting industries to switch to PNG, increasing green cover, bringing EV Policy, adding Electric and CNG buses to public transport fleet and developing smog towers. I am fully optimistic that we will win the fight against pollution with the cooperation of the people of Delhi.”
*Have made unprecedented progress in the fight against pollution thanks to the 2 crore people of Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Gearing up for the upcoming winters and commending Delhi’s effort to reduce pollution so far, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Winters are approaching and each year, we observe a rise in the pollution levels of Delhi in winters. Delhi Government has made all the arrangements to tighten a noose on pollution this winter. We held various meetings with all the agencies and prepared a comprehensive ‘Winter Action Plan.’ Before laying out the details of the plan, I want to commend the efforts of 2 crore people of Delhi to curb pollution ever since our government came to power 7 years ago. With our succinct efforts, there has been a significant improvement in air pollution of Delhi in 2021-22 as compared to the levels of 2017-18 as per the Central Government’s National Clean Air Program (NCAP) report. The PM10 level has reduced by 18.6% in the past four years.”
Enlisting the visionary steps which brought remarkable results, the CM continued, “Among all, the ten most important steps taken by us which resulted in a reduction of air pollution are: first, there were a lot of power cuts in Delhi earlier and people had to resort to using generators to get electricity. Those generators were being run on diesel and resulted in air pollution. Ever since we formed the government, we provide electricity 24x7 and generators have become obsolete in Delhi. This single move has brought down pollution levels drastically. Second, there were two thermal power plants in Delhi which used to emit dry ash. We have shut down both these plants and arranged for electricity from other sources. Now, Delhi is a modern state which does not have any coal-run thermal power plant.”
Talking about measures taken to curb dust and industrial pollution, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal added, “Third, we have dealt with dust pollution strictly. We imposed heavy fines on construction sites, like buildings and houses, which were not following the norms and causing dust pollution. And instead of just inspecting once, we created a web portal for real-time monitoring of all the new construction sites. Fourth, we directed all the registered industries, which were earlier using such fuels combustion of which was causing a lot of air pollution, to use Piped Natural Gas (PNG). It is a cleaner source of energy and does not cause pollution. All the industries cooperated a lot, which is commendable.”
Lauding the efforts of each stakeholder in increasing the green cover and successful implementation of E-Vehicle Policy, Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Interestingly, the green cover of Delhi has increased ever since we came to power. This happened in the time when all the other cities had to cut trees, both legally & illegally, and reduce green cover to make space for development. Delhi has been an exception to this phenomenon as its green cover increased to 23.6% from 20%. People of Delhi took part in plantation drives enthusiastically and we have a greener Delhi today. We brought the Electric Vehicle Policy in Delhi in 2020 and we have already met the target of that policy in merely two years. People adopted this policy responsibly, which led to its massive success. They are switching to electric vehicles from petrol-diesel and CNG vehicles. Not just in the country, but Delhi has become that city in the world where the people have shown the maximum inclination towards having an electric vehicle.”
He added, “We have also upgraded our fleet of public transport by inducting a lot of electric and CNG buses. Strong public transport has resulted in lesser use of personal vehicles. In 2021, we launched a pilot project of installing smog towers, which had a positive impact. We are also meticulously implementing the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) formulated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. The Central Government gave us significant help by building peripheral express highways on both sides of Delhi. As a result, a large number of trucks need not enter Delhi anymore to travel further. This has reduced the pollution levels further.”
Laying down the details of ‘Winter Action Plan’, the Delhi CM said, “I am announcing a 15-point Winter Action Plan today to be implemented in the upcoming winter season. First, we have tackled the issue of stubble burning. PUSA institute has developed a bio-decomposer in liquid form, which we are distributing to the farmers of Delhi for free. They can spray it over the remaining stem of the crop and they soften. The farmers need not burn them anymore. We have been using this method for the past 2-3 years and it has shown great results. We sprayd the bio-decomposer over 4 thousand acres of agricultural land in the previous year. This year, we will spray over 5 thousand acres of land. We will make efforts to ensure that farmers need not burn their stubbles. We will also run an ‘anti-dust pollution’ from October 6th to curb dust pollution.”
Giving an example of efficient resource and manpower allocation, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal continued, “Construction sites with an area greater than 500 sq metres are mandatorily required to register themselves on our web portal so that we can monitor dust control in real time. We have formed 586 teams to monitor construction sites across Delhi and implement our anti-dust plan. Construction sites sized over 5000 sq metres are legally required to install anti-smog guns. Accordingly, there will be 233 anti-smog guns across Delhi. We have also roped in 80 road-sweeping machines to curb pollution emerging out of roads. 521 machines will spray water and 150 mobile anti-smog guns will be deployed to deal with road pollution.”
Giving relief to Delhiites from traffic jams and pollution, the CM added, “Third, we are making stricter inspection of Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificates of diesel vehicles which are 10 years old and petrol vehicles which are 15 years old. We have formed 380 teams to implement this decision. We have observed 203 such roads which see a huge traffic and we have prepared alternate routes to decongest them. We have also used signs to inform the drivers to take alternative routes even before reaching those roads. Fourth, we have banned the burning of garbage in the open and we have formed 611 teams to ensure its implementation. Although all the registered industrial units have switched to PNG if there is any industrial unit which is using other pollution-causing fuels, they will be under the radar of 33 specialised teams which will ensure that they only use PNG.”
Displaying the research-oriented approach of the Delhi Government, Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Sixth, we have also banned cracker burning like in the previous few years. We have also banned all types of production, storage, distribution or sale of crackers as well. Online delivery is also not permissible and 210 teams have been formed to monitor its implementation. We conducted a Real time source apportionment study in collaboration with IIT Kanpur to know the amount of pollution and its source at any given point of time. Samples of air can be taken to identify the source of pollution, if it is from vehicle, stubble burning, or industry. We have established a super site on Rouse Avenue for this purpose and deployed several mobile vans equipped with various instruments. We are expecting to receive the data from October 20th onwards. There will not only be source apportionment but source forecasting as well.”
Encouraging the people to play an active role in this mission, he added, “Eight, we have appointed ‘Paryavaran Mitra’ and over 3.5 thousand volunteers have already registered for it. They will raise awareness in people of Delhi regarding environment protection. Everyone is eligible to become a Paryavaran Mitra. I urge people to come forward & become a Paryavaran Mitra for improvement in environment conditions. You can give a miss call on 8448441758 to become a Paryavaran Mitra. We are also creating an E-waste Park because they cause a lot of pollution. The size of the park is 20 acres and it will be located in Holambi Kalan. Once inaugurated, we will collect all the e-waste of Delhi to be taken to this Park and processed scientifically.”
Giving details of the Second Phase of plantation drive, he continued, “Tenth, we kept a target of planting 42 lakh saplings to increase the green cover of Delhi. We have already planted 33 lakh saplings in the first phase and we will plant the remaining 9 lakh saplings in the second phase, which starts on October 15th. Eleventh, we are creating a green war room for even more efficient monitoring and it will be operational from October 3rd. It will comprise 9 scientific experts as members who will analyse the data and develop the future course of action. Twelfth, we launched the Green Delhi App two years ago, which received a great response from the people of Delhi. So far, we have received 53 lakh complaints on this application and we have resolved over 90% of those complaints. I urge everyone to download the App and report the incident of burning of garbage or if any vehicle is polluting the air. We will take immediate action on the same.”
Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal said, “Thirteen, we have marked 13 hotspots across Delhi which are under a strict surveillance and we will implement various solutions to control pollution in those hotspots. Fourteenth, we will implement a modified GRAP which will give a forecast three days prior to deterioration of air quality and we will run the GRAP in a similar manner as we did last year. We all know that air is uniformly spread across the atmosphere and it can move from one place to another.”
Urging for a coordinated effort between states, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal concluded, “ We will work along with the Central Government, CAQM and other states to tighten a noose on pollution. I request all the neighbouring states to ensure that all those vehicles which enter Delhi are either CNG or electric vehicles. They can also stop the industrial units from using fuel, which causes pollution, and direct them to use PNG. Brick factories also cause a lot of pollution and they can order them to implement zig-zag techniques in manufacturing bricks. They should prohibit the use of diesel generators and at least the NCR should have 24 hour supply of electricity. I am completely optimistic that we will curb air pollution in winters with the cooperation of people of Delhi.”
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*Continuing the tradition of everyday school visits, Dy CM Manish Sisodia joins students of Sarvodaya Co-Ed School, IP Extension for morning assembly

*Dy CM Manish Sisodia interacts with the children about their career and experiences of mindset curricula

*It is a matter of great pride that the children studying in Delhi Government Schools have not only started dreaming big but working hard to fulfill those dreams- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Delhi government provided world-class education facilities and built excellent schools in Delhi; this increased the confidence of the children; along with their careers they are now also thinking about how it will impact their country - Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Now our students have understood that, along with standing on the borders and serving the country, finding a solution to unemployment, eradicating illiteracy, and eradicating poverty is also a kind of patriotism- Dy CM Manish Sisodia


NEW DELHI: 30TH SEPTEMBER 2022-Continuing the tradition of starting his day by visiting a Delhi government school every morning and meeting the children regularly, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia visited Sarvodaya Co-Ed School, I.P. Extension on Friday at 8am. During the visit, he interacted with the students in the morning assembly. The Education Minister asked the children about their career aspirations as well as their experiences of the three flagship curriculums of the Kejriwal government. While interacting with the students Shri Manish Sisodia said, “In the last 7 years, Delhi Government schools have become brilliant and world-class education facilities are being provided to the children here. This has boosted the confidence of our children significantly.”

Shri Manish Sisodia said that it is a matter of great pride and happiness that the children studying in Delhi government schools have started dreaming big. "Our children are not only dreaming of becoming surgeons, space scientists, athletes, politicians, entrepreneurs, teachers, IAS officers but also working hard to fulfill it."

During the discussion on careers, the children shared with the Deputy CM that the Deshbhakti Curriculum has brought a lot of change in their thinking about careers. Children said that earlier our vision regarding career was only about getting employment but now it has changed. Now when we think about a career with a perspective of how that will impact the future of the country. He added that Deshbhakti Curriculum has brought significant change in the mindset of children within just one year. Now our students have understood that, along with standing on the border and serving the country, finding a solution to unemployment, eradicating illiteracy, eradicating poverty is also a kind of patriotism.

*Students told that the “Happiness Curriculum” taught them to keep the negative thoughts away from their minds*

During the interaction, a class VIII student told Shri Manish Sisodia that the Happiness Curriculum and the mindfulness activities conducted under it have taught him to be happy and keep the stress away. The student told that through the practice of mindfulness, he has learned how to keep himself away from negative thoughts.

On this, Shri Manish Sisodia said that this is the achievement of the Delhi Education Revolution that not only have we made the physical infrastructure of the schools world-class, but have also empowered students with a strong growth mindset. This change has been made possible due to the hard work of the team education of Delhi.

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*Delhi Government gives in-principle approval to offer rebate on road tax for vehicles purchased after scrapping of old vehicles

*A maximum concession of 25% in case of non-transport vehicles and 15% in the case of transport vehicles will be provided to new vehicle buyer upon production of ‘Certification of Deposit’ issued during scrapping of old vehicle

*We have to find every possible way to promote a circular economy and establish mobility infrastructure which is environmentally sustainable - Kailash Gahlot

*A lot of cities in the world are struggling with waste disposal and looking for efficient solutions; confident that the initiative will encourage vehicle owners in Delhi to scrap and replace their old vehicles with new vehicles of higher emission standards - Kailash Gahlot

NEW DELHI-30.09.22-Delhi Government led by Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal today gave in-principle approval to provide concession on road tax to new vehicle buyers after scrapping of their old vehicles. The policy will come into effect after its final approval by Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and promote scrapping and replacement of old polluting vehicles with new vehicles of upgraded fuel standards. The government has decided to offer a maximum concession of 25% in case of non-transport vehicles and 15% in case of transport vehicles upon production of certificate of scrapping (certification of deposit) by new vehicle buyers. The ‘certificate of deposit’ will be issued at the registered scrapping facilities of the government upon scrapping of old vehicles.

The Government has introduced concession to new buyers in three vehicle categories:

A- For non-transport vehicles, the concession will range from 8% to 25% based on cost of new vehicle and fuel type, _as per table attached_

B- The new vehicles registered under BH (Bharat) series are liable to deposit the motor vehicle tax for two years as per the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway guidelines. The motor vehicle tax concession to BH series vehicles will be provided as per the slabs given in the table with respect to road tax provided at the time of registration of new vehicles.

C- The motor vehicle tax concession on purchase of new transport (commercial) vehicles on production of certificate of deposit will be 15% of total motor vehicle tax paid at the time of registration of new vehicles.

The concession in road tax granted under the policy will be allowed only for the same category of vehicles i.e. the category of vehicles for which the certificate of deposit will be produced to the registration authority. The concession will be available upto eight years in case of transport vehicles and upto fifteen years, in case of non-transport vehicles and there will be no concession available after these periods.

With the introduction of the policy, the Delhi government aims to reduce congestion on Delhi’s roads and bring down the number of polluting aged vehicles. The policy will pave the way for scrapping of old vehicles and introduction of new vehicles with upgraded pollution norms. It will also help with establishment of a circular economy in the transportation sector, reducing the vehicle scrappage and those old vehicles which are lying unutilized. Delhi Government has already implemented various initiatives to curb air pollution and promote environmental sustainability in the capital such as adoption of Electric Vehicle Policy 2020. With an objective to electrify its city bus fleet, it has inducted 250 new electric buses under Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). By 2023, Delhi will see 1550 more electric buses by 2023 and 6380 new electric buses will be introduced in Delhi’s urban transportation fleet by 2025. It also implemented an odd-even scheme to reduce ambient air pollution in the city.

Speaking at the occasion, Delhi’s Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot further stated, “We have to find every possible way to promote a circular economy and establish mobility infrastructure which is environmentally sustainable. A lot of cities in the world are struggling with waste disposal and looking for efficient solutions. I am confident that the policy will encourage vehicle owners in Delhi to replace and scrap their old vehicles with new vehicles of higher emission standards. I would rather urge them to buy an EV than any other type of vehicle to help our city become clean.”
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*Delhi government advises all the departments to prioritise the recruitment of the Person with Disabilities by identifying four percent posts

*Construction work of Barrier-free building for PWD to be finished by December in Delhi

*Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam chairs review meeting of PWD State Advisory Board

*Required disability specialists to be empanelled to the hospitals for the convenience of differently abled people in getting certificates

*Officers for redressal of grievances of differently abled people to be appointed in all departments to raise awareness regarding the rights of differently abled and facilities provided to them by the Delhi Government

*We need to give special attention to differently abled children, be it in school, home or society: Rajendra Pal Gautam

NEW DELHI:30.09.22-Social Welfare Minister Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam chaired a review meeting of the State Advisory Board for Persons with Disability (PWD). The State Advisory Board briefed the Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam about the work done in the past one year. The board advised to prioritise the recruitment of the differently abled persons by identifying four percent posts in all departments for the disabled. Moreover, the board suggested that the required disability specialists should be empanelled to the hospitals for the convenience of differently abled people in getting certificates, as this will make generating the UDID easier. The board also advised to complete the construction work of Barrier-free building for PWD by December in Delhi. Along with this, officers for redressal of grievances of differently abled people should be appointed in all departments to raise awareness regarding the rights of differently abled and facilities provided to them by the Delhi Government.

Social Welfare Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam welcomed all the government and non-official members who took part in the meeting of the PWD State Advisory Board and drew their attention to the major functions of the Board as per the provisions of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016. He said that, along with giving advice on issues related to PWD, the PWD State Advisory Board is also required to implement and review them in a timely manner. During this meeting, Social Welfare Department Secretary Garima Gupta presented an account of the work done in the past one year. At the same time, she advised to prioritise the recruitment of the differently abled persons by identifying four percent posts in all departments for the disabled. She also told that special courses have been developed for the differently abled students in the schools. The PWD Commissioner said officers for redressal of grievances of differently abled people should be appointed in all departments to raise awareness regarding the rights of differently abled and facilities provided to them by the Delhi Government. Hoardings should be put up in hospitals, government offices, railway stations, bus stops, and market areas so that information can be effectively communicated to them. The officer also emphasises the need to bring an Equal Opportunity Policy which enables the differently abled persons to get job opportunities in all the companies of the country.

Cabinet Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam conveyed displeasure in implementing the UDID to the Health Department. He said, “The Health Department needs to expedite the process of issuing UDID and Divyang certificates to the differently abled. Required disability specialists should be empanelled to the hospitals for the convenience of differently abled people in getting certificates as this will make generating the UDID easier.” At the same time, the Education Department suggested that dedicated camps should be organised by the Health Department to issue UDID and certificates for PWD students. A senior official of the Education Department informed that recruitment of PWD teachers have been completed in all government schools under the Delhi government. The department is also ensuring that lifts and other facilities for PWD in schools are fully functional.

Social Welfare Minister Shri Rajendra Pal Gautam said, “Delhi government is committed to providing the best possible facilities to all sections of the people under the leadership of CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal. PWD State Advisory Board came into existence so that better facilities can be provided to the differently abled. Today, the board has taken many significant decisions keeping in mind the interest of the disabled people which will be implemented soon. We need to give special attention to differently abled children, be it in school, home or society. The Delhi government is doing its best to serve the differently abled and we need to make people aware about the facilities we provide to the differently abled.”