*CM Arvind Kejriwal writes to the Prime Minister demanding Lakshmi-Ganesh Ji's image to be put on Indian currency notes

*I have written a letter to the PM on behalf of 130 crore Indians asking for the picture of Lakshmi-Ganesh Ji to be put on the Indian currency along with Mahatma Gandhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal

*Today the country's economy is going through a very bad phase and even after 75 years of independence, India is counted among the developing and poor countries: CM Arvind Kejriwal

*On one hand we need to work hard, on the other hand we need God's blessings so that our efforts are fruitful: CM Arvind Kejriwal

*Ever since this appeal, there has been tremendous public support and everyone wants it to be implemented immediately: CM Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI:28.10.22-In an effort to revive the Indian economy, Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal recently appealed to the Prime Minister to put images of Lord Ganesh and Goddesses Lakshmi on Indian currency notes. In this vein, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal wrote to the Prime Minister demanding Lakshmi-Ganesh Ji's image to be put on currency notes, on Friday. He stated, "I have written a letter to the PM on behalf of 130 crore Indians asking for the picture of Lakshmi-Ganesh Ji to be put on the Indian currency along with Mahatma Gandhi. Today the country's economy is going through a very bad phase and even after 75 years of independence, India is counted among the developing and poor countries. On one hand we need to work hard, on the other hand we need God's blessings so that our efforts are fruitful. Ever since this appeal, there has been tremendous public support and everyone wants it to be implemented immediately."


In his letter to the Prime Minister, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal wrote, "it is the wish of 130 crore people of the country that the Indian currency should have a picture of Gandhi ji on one side and Ganesh ji and Lakshmi ji on the other side. Today the economy of the country is going through a very bad phase. Even after 75 years of independence, India is counted among the developing and poor countries. Why are so many people still living in poverty in our country?"

"On one hand we all need to work hard, on the other hand we also need the blessings of God, so that our efforts are fruitful. Right policies, hard work and God's blessings, only through their confluence will the country progress. I publicly demanded this by holding a press conference. Since then there has been tremendous support from the general public on this issue. People are very excited about it. Everyone wants this to be implemented immediately," he added.

CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal also shared the letter written to the Prime Minister on his Twitter handle and said, "I have written a letter to the PM on behalf of 130 crore Indians asking for the picture of Lakshmi-Ganesh Ji to be put on the Indian currency along with Mahatma Gandhi."

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Dy CM Manish Sisodia meets Delhi LG; pleads before him with folded hands to not stop free yoga classes in Delhi


*I have requested the LG to not stop the Yoga classes, most of the 17,000 people doing yoga are affected by post COVID ailments, it is the responsibility of the government to keep them healthy -Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*The LG has said that he will peruse all the papers and has assured me that nothing will go wrong - Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*CM Arvind Kejriwal has started the ‘Dilli Ki Yogshala’ program for the benefit of Delhiites, hence the BJP is attempting to stop it - Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*These people have conspired to stop the ‘Dilli Ki Yogshala’ program by threatening & intimidating government officials -Dy CM Manish Sisodia

New Delhi:28.10.22-Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia met the Delhi LG today to seek the continuation of the 'Dilli ki Yogshala' program started by the Delhi government. He requested the LG with folded hands to not stop the free yoga classes under the program. He said “I have humbly requested the LG to not halt the Yoga classes, as most of the 17,000 people doing yoga are affected by post COVID ailments, and it is the responsibility of the government to keep them healthy. The LG has told me that he will peruse the file and has assured me that nothing will go wrong.” Deputy CM went on to say that since the BJP is attempting to stop the ‘Dilli Ki Yogshala’ Program because CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has started it by intimidating & threatening the government officials.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, "I have spoken with the LG in detail as to how well the ‘Dilli ki Yogshala’ initiative is being undertaken across Delhi, and how it shall prove to be really beneficial for our citizens. 17 thousand common citizens of Delhi, who do not have the financial capacity to hire a yoga instructor and cannot even imagine that they will be able to do the same, are being provided access to fully trained yoga instructors - who go to various parks in the citizens’ vicinities and guide their yoga classes daily."

He added, "these people have hatched a conspiracy to stop this initiative by threatening & intimidating the government officials, and by doing this, they have ensured that the officials draft the files incorrectly. I have requested the LG saying that political differences have their own time and place, but out of the 17 thousand people doing yoga daily, most are citizens who are affected by post COVID ailments. It is the responsibility of the government to keep them healthy. It is a very onerous situation that the Chief Minister of Delhi provides yoga instructors to the people of Delhi to do yoga and then the officers are stopped from running the scheme by intimidation. This is not acceptable. I have told LG sir that even if he has to help people by going out of the way, then he should because yoga is crucial. The LG has said that he will go through the entire file and has assured that nothing will go wrong."

He concluded, "the BJP has absolutely no concern for either the people or yoga. BJP is stopping the initiative because CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal has started it. They just organise an event for yoga, but never provide yoga instructors to citizens. For the first time, such a program has come wherein trained yoga instructors are being provided to the people to do yoga in their locality. Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University is the only pharmaceutical research university in Asia. The CM has provided citizens with yoga instructors after having them trained for 9 months, and it is absolutely unfair to stop it."

*Delhi Government had started the program last year*

The Delhi Government had last year launched the 'Dilli Ki Yogshala' program to help the residents of Delhi stay healthy. Under this program, yoga is taught free of cost to the residents of Delhi. Trained instructors teach people yoga under the program. The Delhi Government wants to make yoga and meditation a mass movement and reach every citizen of Delhi. This is the first program of its kind in the entire country, under which the Delhi Government provides free yoga to the people. In today's lifestyle, the body, mind and soul of a person are not healthy. In such a situation, yoga can benefit one a lot.

*Thousands of people suffering from Post COVID diseases benefited from yoga*

Under 'Dilli Ki Yogashala', more than 17,000 people are benefiting from free yoga classes at 600 locations across Delhi. It has helped about 11,000 people battling post-Covid diseases to recover from various health problems. Online yoga classes were organised under the Yogashala during the Corona period. During that time 4500 infected people in home isolation benefited from this. Out of these, there were 2,000 people who had very serious problems, but these people benefited greatly by taking classes in the Yogashala. The surveys conducted on the project have given great results. As per surveys, most of the patients involved were between 30 and 70 years old. Out of this, 92.3 percent of the patients admitted that the symptoms of corona reduced by doing yoga. Most of the patients admitted that they did not face problems like breathlessness due to yoga during the transition. By doing yoga, most of the patients were cured of corona within 5 to 7 days. Most of the patients admitted that by doing yoga, they got relief from symptoms like cough, cold, body ache, sleeplessness, breathlessness etc.

*Yoga classes are held daily in more than 600 places in Delhi*

The 'Dilli Ki Yogashala' program was started by the Delhi government about one and a half years ago. Under this program, the Delhi Government has called upon the people of Delhi to take free yoga training and meditation on a daily basis. The program received a positive response from the people of Delhi and more than 17 thousand people are benefiting from it at more than 600 locations across Delhi. These yoga classes are held daily at around 600 places in different parts of Delhi. These classes are held in open spaces, where anyone can come and learn yoga. There, a well-trained yoga trainer makes people practise yoga and meditation.

*Delhi Government wants to convert yoga into a mass movement*

The Delhi Government wants to take Yoga door-to-door and convert it into a mass movement by providing free yoga instructors to Delhiites. It aims to highlight the importance of yoga and meditation for improving the physical and mental health of the people. The Centre for Meditation and Yoga Sciences (CMYS) was established in collaboration with Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University. The CMYS started Diploma and Certificate courses and enrolled more than 650 students for the same. These students have been trained and certified to become yoga instructors.

*Positive thinking being inculcated in people through yoga*

Under this program, people of Delhi do yoga in public parks, RWA spaces, community centres etc. Through this initiative, with the help of yoga and meditation, the Government is spreading awareness among people towards yoga and leading a happy life. The Delhi government provides trainers to a group of interested people to do yoga. Each group consists of at least 25 members. The yoga instructor coordinates with one member of each group, called the group coordinator. The group coordinator coordinates with the instructor and decides the time and place for yoga classes.

*It is unbecoming of any MP to speak to any govt official like this, the public is responding to the BJP on their own - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

On the BJP MP’s statement regarding Chhath Puja, Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said, "I have seen the video of the MP. It is unbecoming of any MP to talk to any govt official in this manner. But I am happy that the people of Delhi are responding to the BJP on their own. It is seen in the video that some members of the youth who came there have figuratively shut the mouths of the BJP leaders. The youth said that we know that the government and officials are working, and that the BJP leaders have come just to create disruption."

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*Only a confident teacher can make students confident- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Strong society and nation can be built on the strength of confident teachers- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*To become a world-class teacher, future teachers must understand the difference between the way they were taught in their times and the pedagogical practices they are being taught to them now - Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*The day children from all over the world would want to study in the education system delivered by our teachers, India will become No. 1 that day- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Dy CM Manish Sisodia interacts with trainee teachers to understand the qualities that make a normal teacher different from others?

*Our aspiring teachers should expand the horizon of their dreams and keep a vision of taking the Indian education system among the top education systems in the world- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Our future teachers should prepare themselves for global competition by learning from renowned educators and the best education systems around the world- Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Trainees said, in the last few years as a student they experienced many changes in the education system, and now they want to be a participant in this change as a teacher

*Our future teachers will inculcate the spirit and confidence to do something in the children by conquering every fear of their life-Dy CM Manish Sisodia

*Dy CM Manish Sisodia visited Delhi Government's teacher-training institutes, DIET Rajendra Nagar and DIET Daryaganj

*During the visit, the Dy CM came to know about the teaching-learning style of the trainee teachers and had a long discussion with them

NEW DELHI:28.10.22-Deputy CM Shri Manish Sisodia visited Delhi Government's teacher-training institutes, DIET Rajendra Nagar and DIET Daryaganj on Friday. During the visit, the Dy CM came to know about the teaching-learning style of the trainee teachers and had a long discussion with them. He stated, “Only a confident teacher can instil confidence in his children. A strong nation and a strong society can be built only on the strength of confident teachers. With this, teachers can overcome every fear in their life and feel motivated to do something for their children." He discussed the difference between pedagogical practices being witnessed by the trainees during training and the way they were taught in their schools.

Shri Manish Sisodia said that to become a world-class teacher, future teachers must understand the difference between the way they were taught in their times and the pedagogical practices they are being taught now.

He asked the trainees to remember their school days and think about what they wanted to learn from their teachers. What pedagogical styles they wanted their teachers to follow. This will help them understand the mindset of students and help them become better teachers.

On this occasion, the Deputy Chief Minister asked the trainees about the difference in pedagogical styles of today and what was followed in their times. On this, the trainees answered that earlier the method of teaching and evaluation used to be quite different and the process was one-sided. But now it is more participatory from both sides.

They added that now the process of assessment has also changed. They are learning different ways to assess children on the basis of their understanding and not on the basis of their ability to memorize. Along with this, now the emphasis is also given on integrated learning. Subjects like mathematics and science are taught in conjunction with art, combined with physical education. This can help in the conceptual development of many subjects at a time.

The trainees told us that they are being taught how to teach various subjects by linking them with real-life examples. This is helping them in reducing the dependency of children on just notebooks.

During the interaction, when the Deputy CM asked the trainees about their motivation to become a teacher, they said that they have experienced many changes in the education system in the last few years. These changes have improved their decision-making ability and boosted their confidence. This is the major motivation for them to become a teacher in the future. They added that now they want to bring changes in the education system of the country and contribute to society.

Reacting to this feedback, Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Our trainees aim to get a good job and become good teachers in the future, but now they need to broaden the horizon of their dreams. Every trainee teacher should dream that after becoming a teacher, they have to work towards making the Indian education system No.1 in the world. Today, the names of countries like Finland, Singapore, and Britain are counted among those having the best education systems in the world. They must study these countries and the role of education in their development.” He added that now we need to set the standard of the Indian Education System so high that its name should come on the top of the list when people search for the best education systems in the world.

Shri Manish Sisodia said that our future teachers should not limit their profession to teaching only in schools. In this rapidly growing digital world, they need to pay attention to more professions related to teaching. Our Trainees should always look at a bigger canvas for their future and don't limit themselves to just one aspect of the said profession.

Shri Manish Sisodia said that teachers need to be fearless because only a fearless and confident teacher can motivate the children in their class and empower them for the future.

Other dignitaries present during the visit were Education Secretary Ashok Kumar, Principal Education Advisor Shailendra Sharma and Director SCERT Rajnish Kumar Singh.

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*Revenue Minister Kailash Gahlot visits Hanthi Ghat; reviews Chhath preparations

*With the blessings of Chhathi Maiyya, necessary arrangements are being made at all the ghats- Kailash Gahlot

*Today, I inspected the Ghat and took stock of the arrangements. I have instructed the officials that the devotees should not face any inconvenience- Kailash Gahlot

*All the government agencies and departments are working in coordination to ensure the best arrangements- Kailash Gahlot

*With a budget of 25 Cr, the Delhi Government is organising the Chatth Puja at approx 1100 sites in Delhi

NEW DELHI:28.10.22-Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot today visited the Hanthi Ghat at the bank of river Yamuna near ITO to take stock of the preparation ahead of the Chhath Puja festivities. District Magistrate and other senior officers from various departments were also present during the visit. MLA from Burari Shri Sanjeev Jha accompanied the Minister during the visit. Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot interacted with the devotees and locals at the ghat and assured them to have grand arrangements for the Puja.

Interacting with the media the Revenue Minister said, "Due to the Corona pandemic, we could not celebrate Chhath Puja properly for the last 2 years but as the situation is under control this year, Delhi Government is organising a grand celebration of Chhath Puja at 1100 different Ghats. With the blessings of Chhathi Maiyya, necessary arrangements are being made at all the ghats. I have held several meetings with MLAs, committees and officials in this regard. Today, I inspected the Ghat and took stock of the arrangements. I have instructed the officials that the devotees should not face any inconvenience."

Issuing directions to expedite the arrangement works at the ghat, Shri Kailash Gahlot checked the sanitation, lighting and water supply arrangements. He further said "All the government agencies and departments - be it irrigation and flood control, Delhi Jal Board, PWD (Public Works Department)- all are working in coordination to ensure best arrangements."

This year, the Delhi Government is organising the Chhath Puja at 1100 sites all over Delhi. To ensure transparency and eliminate any confusion, Revenue Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot in the last meeting with Divisional Commissioner and DMs had directed them to share the list of new sites that are being added with local MLAs. All DMs were further instructed to share geo-locations of all sites compulsorily.

The DMs were advised to manage logistics in a manner that the Yamuna river bank is barricaded and artificial ponds are created in a proper way ensuring pollution-free celebration.

In Delhi, the Revenue Department is the nodal department for the celebration of Chhath Puja in a safe, secure and eco-friendly manner with full festivity. The Revenue Department will make the necessary arrangements for tentage and electrical items such as tents, chairs, tables lighting, sound system, CCTV, LED screens, power backup and so on at all the 1100 Puja sites. Furthermore, the Revenue Department will ensure the provision for the other required facilities in coordination with other departments of the Delhi Government such as the Irrigation & Flood Control Department (I&FC) and Delhi Jal Board (DJB) for clean water arrangements, Health Department for primary health services and deployment of Ambulance, DUSIB for Mobile Toilet Vans (MTVs) and with agencies such as Delhi Police and CDV for safety & security, Traffic Police for Traffic Management and MCD/NDMC for sanitation and cleanliness.

The Delhi Government has grown the celebration of Chhath Puja from 69 sites in 2014 to a whopping 1100 sites and increased the budget 10 times from 2.5 Crore in 2014 to approx. 25 Crore this year to facilitate lakhs of devotees in offering their prayers on Chhath.

After the visit, Revenue Minister of Delhi Shri Kailash Gahlot tweeted "Today, I inspected the Hanthi Ghat at the bank of river Yamuna to take stock of the preparations of Chhath puja. Under the guidance of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, all preparations are being made to ensure a grand Chhath puja this year all over Delhi."

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*LG must stop making excuses and sign the file immediately- Gopal Rai

*LG is withholding the file of "Red Light On, Gaadi Off" campaign on the pretext of leave from work- Gopal Rai

*Fighting against pollution is a collective responsibility of all of us - Gopal Rai


NEW DELHI:28.10.22-The Delhi Government cornered the Delhi LG for causing inordinate delays in its day to day functioning. Reacting to the LG's excuses over his non clearance of crucial files, Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, “Lieutenant Governor has withheld the file of the "Red Light On, Gadi Off" campaign on the pretext of leave from work. The Lieutenant Governor has made 3 excuses for not signing the file. LG should sign the file immediately instead of making excuses. Fighting against pollution is the collective responsibility of all of us.”

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai said, “With the aim of reducing pollution in Delhi during the winter season, the Delhi Government has prepared a 15-point winter action plan, on which work is being done on a war footing. In such a situation, in the midst of all-round efforts of the Delhi Government to get rid of pollution, many evil steps of the Lieutenant Governor are coming to the fore. In order to clear the polluted air of the capital, the Delhi Government had started the "Red Light On Gaadi Off" campaign. Through the “Red Light On, Gadi Off” campaign, about 2500 Civil Defense Volunteers were to be trained and deployed at 100 busiest intersections of Delhi. Following Gandhi's example, they were to hand out roses as requests for others to stop their cars at red lights. Additionally, they were to receive training before deployment and practise acting appropriately at junctions with the traffic police. The two-year-old campaign has had a great deal of success. Experts estimate that this effort has resulted in a 15–20% decrease in vehicle-related air pollution. The government was preparing to start the campaign for a third year as a result of this optimistic outcome. But it was decided to postpone this campaign tomorrow because the file relating to it starting on October 28 was not approved."

“Due to the suspension of the campaign by our government, a press note has been sent to the media today as a reply by the LG office giving 3 excuses for not signing the file. The first excuse was that when the file from the Chief Minister's office came to his office on the 21st, there was a holiday for the whole week after that. But I want to say that no Chief Minister, Minister, Governor remains on leave for a week. I myself inaugurated 150 mobile anti-smog guns outside Delhi Secretariat on 25th, the second day of Diwali. A review meeting of the Anti-Dust Campaign was held on 26th in which all the officers were present. We chose to postpone the Red Light On Gadi Off campaign even after waiting until the 27th for the Lt. Governor's office to respond. By using the holidays to obscure a mistake, one is playing with Delhi's residents' lives”, he further added.

Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai further said, “As the third excuse, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi has said that the date of implementation of the campaign was given in the file as October 31, due to which there has been a delay in signing the file. On this, I want to say that when the file was sent to the CM office, the date of 31 October was written in it. But due to the fear of increasing pollution level after Diwali, it was decided to bring it on 28th on the instructions of the Chief Minister, whose information was released in the entire media on 22nd October, which might have been overlooked by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, so he is resorting to such absurd excuses.”

Shri Gopal Rai said, “Our LG, who gave the excuse of holidays, had issued statements on October 26 criticising the Chief Minister of Delhi, regarding the preparations for Chhath. I want to know that his office is open to do politics and closed to protect Delhiites from pollution. I request the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to stop rhetoric in the media and if you want to make rhetoric in the media, then it is better that you become the spokesperson of BJP because till now the number of LG's and the number of statements he has issued is the highest. The statement is yours alone. That's why you are requested not to do politics on this file, stop politics on the breath of the people of Delhi and approve the file as soon as possible so that this campaign can be started soon.”
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Delhi Government approves revised fares for Auto Rickshaw and Taxi in Delhi; new fares to be notified soon

Under the leadership of CM Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Government has always been committed to empathising with the concerns of Auto and Taxi drivers- Kailash Gahlot

The revised fares will help auto drivers to support their families and will also provide convenience to the passengers with increased availability of Auto rickshaws and taxis in the city- Kailash Gahlot

New Delhi:28.10.22-In the wake of rising CNG fares in Delhi since the last few months, Delhi Government has approved the revised fare for Auto Rickshaw and Taxi in Delhi. This comes as a relief to nearly two lac Auto Rickshaw and Taxi drivers who had to bear more cost due to recent hikes in the CNG prices. With the approval of the Delhi Government, the new fares for Auto Rickshaw and Taxi shall be applicable once these are notified in the coming weeks.

The last revision in the Auto Rickshaw fares happened in 2020 while that for Taxi which includes Black and Yellow Taxi, Economy taxi and Premium taxi, happened nine years back in 2013. In 2020, while the fare of CNG was Rs 47, it has now increased to Rs 78 by Oct 2022. Delhi’s Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot had received many representations from the Auto Rickshaw and Taxi associations/unions on this issue. Hence, a committee of 13 members was formed in May 2022 to review and recommend the fare in the wake of increasing rate of CNG, Cost and maintenance of Auto rickshaw and Taxi, and various other issues affecting the net earning of Auto rickshaw and Taxi drivers.

The committee recommended revising the fare for Black and Yellow Taxi and Economy Taxi which was then reviewed and approved by the Delhi government. The committee also recommended not to change the existing fare for the Premium Taxi category to avoid them being too expensive for the users.

The revised fare approved by the Delhi govt for Auto Rickshaw is as follows:

Sr. no.

Parameters

Fare notified on

23.12.2020

New Approved fare by Delhi govt

1

Meter down fare for initial 1.5 km

25

30

2

Per Km fare (after meter down)

9.5

11

3

Night charges (11pm to 5am)

25%

25%

4

Waiting charges per min (Rs)

*less than 1 km covered in 10min

0.75

0.75

5

Extra Luggage (Rs)

7.5

10

The revised fare approved by the Delhi govt for Taxi is as follows:

Fare notified on 02.05.2013

New Approved fare by Delhi govt

Sr. no.

Parameters

Non AC

AC

Non AC

AC

1

Meter down fare for initial 1 km

25

25

40

40

2

Per Km fare (after meter down)

14

16

17

20

3

Night charges (11pm to 5am)

25%

25%

25%

25%

4

Waiting charges/hour (Rs) - *After 15 min stay

30

30

Rs 1 per minute

Rs 1 per minute

5

Extra Luggage (Rs)

10

10

15

15

Commenting on this Delhi’s Transport Minister Shri Kailash Gahlot said “Under the leadership of CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi has always been committed to be empathetic to the people driving Autos and Taxis in Delhi. We have seen the fuel prices in India have gone up in the recent months which has impacted the profits of the drivers. The increased cost led them to further drive less km which ultimately impacted the supply on road for the citizens of Delhi traveling to their offices or home. The revised fares will help them to support their families and will also provide convenience to the passengers with increased availability of Auto rickshaws and taxis in the city.”