CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal flags off 100 new standard floor buses

New Delhi: Delhi-07.11.19- Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday flagged off the third lot of 100 new buses from the 1000 standard floor buses that started being delivered last month. The buses are equipped with ultra-modern facilities and state-of-the-art features like GPS trackers, panic buttons, CCTV, and hydraulic lifts for the convenience of the differently-abled. 129 buses have already been flagged off in the previous month. CM Kejriwal flagged-off the 100 new buses along with Dy CM Shri Sisodia and Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot and other Delhi government officials.

3000 buses, 1000 electric buses to come up in the next 6-7 months

The Chief Minister said, "I want to congratulate the people of Delhi that 100 new buses have been flagged off on the roads of the national capital. Delhi is being recognized all over the world for quality education, health, we are also trying to strengthen our transportation system. 3000 buses will hit the roads of the national capital in the next 6-7 months, out of which 1000 will be electric buses which is the biggest electric bus deployment ever. The buses are equipped with CCTV cameras, panic alarm buttons, hydraulic lifts for the differently-abled, and all modern advancements."

We will ensure timely maintenance of the buses: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal

On the timely maintenance of the new buses, the Chief Minister said, "Earlier, we used to witness issues with the last-mile delivery of various services. Budgets have been sanctioned even by the previous governments for maintaining schools and hospitals, but only this government has worked on maintaining schools and hospitals with that budget. In the same way, this government will ensure timely maintenance of all the features of the buses."

Salient features of the buses

Hydraulic lifts for the differently-abled to facilitate boarding and aligning of wheelchairs

CCTV cameras for female safety

Panic button with hooter

GPS for bus tracking

Comfortable seats

Details of the buses

These buses are 37 seater buses. All buses have hydraulic lifts for the convenience of differently-abled. Also, 14 panic buttons have been installed inside the bus. Each side has 7-7 panic buttons. At the same time, three CCTV cameras have been installed inside the bus.

100 buses to ply on these routes

Narela to Mori Gate Terminal - 18

Palla to Old Delhi Railway Station - 17

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CM Shri Kejriwal meets experts, entrepreneurs, agriculturists to discuss possible solutions for stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana

Chief Minister, Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal held several meetings over the last two days with agriculturists, entrepreneurs and industry experts to discuss the possible solutions for the disposal of agriculture waste or ‘parali’ that is left behind after the harvest of paddy crop in the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Over the past few years, Delhi has seen an annual spike in air pollution that can be directly linked to the burning of agricultural waste in the months of October and November in the neighbouring states. Although this issue has been identified some years ago, there has been no solution so far with lakhs of acres of farms being set on fire every year.

After the meetings yesterday, CM Shri Kejriwal had tweeted, “I had several meetings today with experts. It is technologically and commercially possible to convert stubble into CNG. This will provide jobs, additional income to farmers and solve our annual problem of pollution. However, it requires all govts to come together and work on this.”

“Not only is the ecologically friendly means of disposing parali economically viable, it also has the potential for massive job creation. All the state governments and the Centre should consider all the options available and work together to ensure that next year such an environmental disaster is not repeated,” said experts.

With the air quality turning extremely unhealthy this year, the chief minister had invited several stakeholders to meet and discuss the potential solutions that can be offered for ecologically friendly disposal of farm waste. CM Shri Kejriwal has maintained that the only way to put an end to the burning of stubble is to develop commercially viable processes to dispose off the paddy straw.

An entrepreneur said, “Only when the environmentally friendly disposal of stubble is made economically beneficial for farmers will they be incentivised to use stop burning. For this to happen, industry that can use the stubble for producing either materials or energy have to be supported and encouraged by the government.”

Over the past two days, CM Shri Kejriwal met with entrepreneurs working on producing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) using paddy straw as raw material. With equity infusion or capital support, a viable economic model exists for large scale production of gas using stubble. Such a solution also has the advantage of year round demand, since CNG is an essential fuel across the region.

Another model that CM Kejriwal studied consists of the conversion of agricultural waste into coal or bio fuel. With its high calorific value and durability, this can also be an effective economic model. Both of the above solutions are tested models that are known to provide returns for entrepreneurs.

The third model involved the conversion of stubble into paper pulp for the production of various household and stationery items ranging from file folders to paper plates. All such products have an existing market and are also easily biodegradable.

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Dy CM Shri Sisodia holds first meeting of Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari Language Academy today

“Delhi residents should get a taste of the unique culture and languages of Uttarakhand”- Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia.

New Delhi,07.11.19-: Deputy Chief Minister and Minister in charge -Art, Culture and Languages, Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia presided over the first meeting of the governing body of Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari Academy held in the Delhi Secretariat here on Thursday. The Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari Language Academy is currently operating from Jhandelwalan, Delhi.

Deputy CM advised the Garhwali Academy to work in the manner in which the Sanskrit Academy is working to showcase their programmes. Shri Manish Sisodia also directed the governing body to organise a Poets Symposium on regional languages on the occasion of Republic Day. “There is a need to open learning centres for the three languages- Garhwali, Kumaoni and Jaunsari. People of Uttarakhand constitute a major section of Delhi’s population, and we are only providing a platform for all to experience the unique culture and languages of the state.” He also stated that a two day Lok-Utsav should be organised in the Central Park as soon as possible.

“We are opening 25 language centres for all age groups across Delhi. The learning centres will be set up in Burari, Dwarka, Patparganj, Dilshad Garden, Mayur Vihar Phase 3, Gol Market, Lodhi Road, Palam, Rohini, Qutub Vihar, Gonda, Badarpur and Timarpur. Anybody, be it young kids or the elderly, can learn languages at these centres,” he added.

Shri Manish Sisodia also gave a go-ahead to the preparations of the Uttarayani Festival to be conducted in January next year. “Budget for the Uttarayani Festival will be sourced from the Academy,” he said.

Deputy CM also tweeted about the meeting, “Today the first meeting of the newly formed Garhwali-Kumaoni-Jaunsari Language Academy was held. There is a lot of enthusiasm among all the members, including Vice President Lyricist Heera Singh Rana ji because till now there hasn’t been any academy especially set up in the state of Uttarakhand to promote its regional languages. But this Academy has not just been started but has even become functional in Delhi.”

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Entrepreneurship depends on mindset more than capital: Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia

Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia visits Delhi Gov. school for Entrepreneur Interaction

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia visited Delhi Governemtn’s Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Gazipur today to join an interaction of children with a successful entrepreneur. This was part of Delhi Government’s flagship Entrepreneurship Mindset curriculum.

The interactive session was conducted by Shri Shashank Srivastava, a self-made entrepreneur who started his career with a monthly salary of Rs 800 and rose to become a successful entrepreneur taking home a whopping Rs 1.5 lakh every month. He has employed around 200 people directly.

Talking about the present condition of the Indian economy, Shri Manish Sisodia said, “We have always been taught that there are three types of countries in the world- underdeveloped, developing and developed countries. India has remained a developing country since the past few decades. The problem lies in the mindset of the people and the education system that is focussed on delivering job seekers. Everyone starting from a lawyer to a doctor to a PhD holder is looking for a job. This needs to change, there is a need to also instill job creating mindsets in our students. They should be exploring both the options.”

“The best brains of our country are going abroad to work for foreign companies and develop highly advanced software for them. The mind behind these successful programs is Indian, but the profit goes into the pockets of the foreign companies. Their GDP increases and their economy strengthens, as these countries are producing job-providers with an entrepreneurial mindset instilled in them,” said Education Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia.

Hailing the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum launched earlier this year , Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Students are finally learning the importance of developing an entrepreneurial mindset, and they now have both the options to choose from, either seek a salaried profession or take on the path of starting a business venture of their own. I am also happy to see that the EMC classes have restored the confidence of students and helped them come up with interesting ideas related to the seed money of Rs 1000 that the Delhi Govt is providing to every student of Class 11th and 12th.”

Dy CM Shri Sisodia asked the students to come up with innovative ideas, present them before their class, allow their peers to grill them and then start with their venture and earn a profit. Shri Manish Sisodia also reminded the students, “Entrepreneurship is not dependent on capital but on the right mindset.”

During their interactive session with the entrepreneur, Shri Shashank Srivastava, students asked him about how to become a successful entrepreneur. “You have to set targets for yourself. Look for people who would support you and strive to become your own role model. Matching your stream with unique qualities that you possess is very important. You have to learn the work of the entrepreneur and then start working as one. Have faith in yourself. Maximum output from minimum investment should be our ultimate goal,” added Shri Shashank Srivastava.

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