*CM Arvind Kejriwal announces Rs 5,000 per month financial aid for construction workers in view of construction ban*

*Construction activities have been stopped across Delhi in view of pollution. I have directed Labour Minister Manish Sisodia to give Rs 5000 pm as financial support to each construction worker during this period: CM Arvind Kejriwal*

*Delhi Government will deposit Rs 5000 to the accounts of over 10 lakh construction workers of Delhi; 500 crores to be spent on the scheme*

*Delhi Government had spent Rs 350 crores last year to provide assistance to 7 lac workers*

NEW DELHI: 2nd November 2022-The Delhi Government led by CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal is standing in support of the construction workers of Delhi. Due to air pollution, the livelihood of construction workers has ceased because of the closure of construction activities in Delhi. With this in view, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal announced assistance for more than 10 lakh registered construction workers of Rs 5000 each. He tweeted, "Construction activities have been stopped across Delhi in view of pollution. I have directed Labour Minister Shri Manish Sisodia to give Rs 5000 pm as financial support to each construction worker during this period." Rs 500 Crore will be spent on the scheme. The assistance amount will be deposited by the Delhi Government directly in the accounts of the registered construction workers soon. The Delhi Government had spent Rs 350 crores to support 7 lac construction workers last year. Even during the Corona crisis, the Delhi Government had provided an aid of Rs 5000 to all the construction workers.


The Delhi Government had imposed a complete ban on construction and demolition activities owing to the rise in pollution, recently. Due to the sudden construction ban there was a sense of anxiety among the workers who found them out of work for an uncertain period. Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal immediately took cognisance of the matter and came to the aid of construction workers at this critical time. He directed Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia who holds the Labour portfolio to issue a monthly assistance of Rs 5,000 to all construction workers till the pollution ban continues. Delhi Government believes that construction workers are the backbone of our country, who strengthen the country. Therefore, it is the priority of the government to take care of the interests of the workers.

Informing the public about this decision, Shri Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "Construction activities have been stopped across Delhi in view of pollution. I have directed Labour Minister, Shri Manish Sisodia, to give Rs 5000 per month as financial support to each construction worker during this period, when construction activities are not permitted."

*Over 10 lac construction workers to benefit from the aid*

Over 10 lac construction workers are registered with the Delhi Government till date. The assistance will be transferred to the bank accounts of all these workers. The government will be spending over Rs 500 crores on this scheme.

*Delhi Government had provided assistance to workers last year too*

The Delhi Government had finally supported all the construction workers last year as well during the pollution induced ban. Back then there were 7 lac registered workers and Rs 350 crores was spent on the scheme by providing all workers with an aid of Rs 5,000 per month.

*Delhi Government has imposed a ban on construction in line with CAQM's directives under GRAP*

On October 30, Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai had informed about a ban on construction and demolition works in view of the increasing pollution problem in Delhi. On the orders of CAQM, the Delhi government had decided to implement the restrictions under the third phase of GRAP in Delhi. The Delhi Government has formed 586 teams to monitor the ban on construction works. To control air pollution, 521 water springing machines, 233 anti smog guns, 150 mobile anti smog guns have been deployed in Delhi.

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*Kejriwal Government developing new IP University campus in East Delhi, thousands of students set to benefit*

*Construction of IP University’s Eastern Campus going on in full swing; Dy CM Manish Sisodia conducts inspection*

*The construction work of the 18.75 acre campus equipped with world class facilities is in its final phase, to be ready soon*

*After the new campus is ready, 2400 students will be provided with world class higher education here - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*As per the skill requirements of the 21st Century, 5 Specialised Centres including Robotics & Automation, Design & Innovation, Fire-Management, Liberal Arts are being built here- Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*Under the guidance of CM Arvind Kejriwal, we have made th infrastructure of all Delhi Govt universities world class, equipped them with modern facilities and increased their capacity by more than 25,000 seats - Dy CM Manish Sisodia*

*IP University will offer new courses like B.Tech in Automation and Robotics, B.Tech in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, B.Tech in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning etc. to students in its Eastern Campus*

*Construction of hi-tech campus as per 5-star standards, with net zero energy consumption, campus will meet its own electricity demand*

NEW DELHI : 2ND NOVEMBER 2022-In order to provide world-class higher education to the students of Delhi, the Delhi Government led by CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal is constructing a new campus under Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Surajmal Vihar, East Delhi, spanning over 18.75 acres. The construction of the new campus of IP University in East Delhi is almost complete. Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia conducted an on-ground inspection of the final phase of its construction today. It is noteworthy that about 2400 students will get world class education in this new and state-of-the-art campus equipped with world-class facilities.

Deputy Chief Minister Shri Manish Sisodia said that after the completion of this new campus, about 2400 students would get world class education here. Keeping in mind the present needs, 5 specialised centres including Robotics & Automation, Design & Innovation, Fire-Management, Liberal Arts are being set up in this campus. Furthermore, a world-class central library has been constructed in the premises of the campus. He said that the construction work of the campus is currently in its last phase and it will be completed soon.

He added, "under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal, we are taking education in Delhi to greater heights of excellence. In the last 8 years, we have worked relentlessly to make Delhi government schools world class and today, Delhi’s Education Model is lauded all over the world. After forming the government, it has also been our priority to raise higher education to be at par with world standards and as a result of this, under the guidance of Chief Minister, we have vastly improved the infrastructure of all the universities under Delhi government, equipped them with modern facilities and increased the capacity of these universities by more than 25,000 seats."

He said, "the schools of any country serve the role of strengthening the foundation of the nation, and its universities determine the heights of excellence that the country achieves. The Delhi Government has made education its top priority - strengthening the nation’s foundation through its schools, as well as taking the nation to greater heights through its universities, with the objective of making India No.1."

*Features of IP University Eastern Campus*

1. Hi-tech campus constructed as per 5 star standards

2. Net Zero Energy Consumption, the campus will meet its own electricity demand

3. Provisions for Zero Sewage Discharge with Ground Water Harvesting

4. Use of brick made of flyash to keep temperatures low

5. The entire campus will utilise solar energy, solar panels will be placed on top of every building.

It is also noteworthy that the Eastern Campus of IP University consists of an Administrative Section, Auditorium, Teaching Section and Sports Section. Apart from this, a separate library block has also been built in the premises of the campus.

An academic block consisting of two 9-storey buildings and one 7-storey building has been constructed here. The campus has 4 lecture halls, each with a capacity of 120 people. There are 24 classrooms with a capacity of 100 students each. A sports hall with a capacity of 300 people has also been built here, along with a 5-storey auditorium block - which has a total capacity of 650.

Hostels and residential blocks have also been constructed for the students in the campus. Approximately 500 students can stay in the various boys and girls hostels present in the campus. There are also 48 quarters that have been made available for the staff.

Keeping in mind the growing sporting potential of our youth, along with the sports hall, 2 tennis courts and a football field are also being constructed in the campus.

*Students to be offered Flagship Courses in the Eastern Campus of IP University*

The university will offer new courses such as B.Tech in Automation and Robotics, B.Tech in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, B.Tech in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning etc. to the students in its eastern campus.

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*Onus on BJP-led Central Government to give a viable solution for stubble; it is only trying to divert attention by abusing farmers: Gopal Rai*

*Governments of Delhi and Punjab ready to provide financial assistance to farmers to stop stubble burning, only BJP's Central Government refusing to cooperate: Gopal Rai*

*BJP first increases pollution itself and then does politics on it: Gopal Rai*

*Delhi Government is doing everything possible to reduce pollution at its end: Gopal Rai*

NEW DELHI: 2nd November 2022-Environment Minister Shri Gopal Rai swiped at the BJP on Wednesday for abusing the farmers of the country. He pulled up BJP leaders for diverting attention from the Central Government's lack of effort to reduce stubble burning by pointing fingers at helpless farmers. He said, “The central government of the BJP should cooperate with the farmers and present a viable solution for stubble instead of abusing them. The governments of Delhi and Punjab are ready to provide financial assistance to the farmers to prevent stubble burning. It is the BJP-led government at the Center which has refused support in this regard. The BJP first increases pollution and then does politics on it. The Delhi government is making every effort to reduce pollution on its end.”

Shri Gopal Rai said, “The last two days have seen a rise in the level of pollution in Delhi and the surrounding districts. Bahadurgarh had an AQI rating of 400, Faridabad, 403, Manesar, 393; Sonipat, 350; Kaithal, 402; Greater Noida, 398; and Ghaziabad, 381. As a result of the modest rise in wind speed, Delhi's AQI is still 313, which is considered to be poor. According to CAQM's directives, construction and demolition activities have been prohibited in Delhi. More than 500 teams are inspecting sites to see that this order is being implemented. Yesterday, I visited two sites, one of which had stopped work while on the other had L&T working on construction there. That construction work was going on secretly. No construction rules were being followed there. The anti smog gun was not installed there and the building was not covered either. I took action and later I came to know that a BJP office is coming up here.”

“BJP spokespersons fraudulently attacked CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal and claimed that by burning stubble in Punjab, he was playing with the lives of Delhi residents. These statements are coming from the same BJP that petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the ban on firecrackers, rejected the Punjab government's demand that farmers there receive financial assistance to prevent stubble burning, and stopped the "Red Light On, Gaadi Off" campaign, which was being used to reduce vehicular pollution”, he further added.

Shri Gopal Rai said, “The Delhi Government, led by CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal, is working as hard as any state government to find a long-term solution to reduce pollution. By delivering electricity around-the-clock, we have fully stopped the pollution that generators create. A step has been taken toward a long-term solution to minimise the pollution produced by vehicles by implementing the e-vehicle policy in Delhi. Through tree planting, we have increased Delhi's green belt from 20% to 23%. By introducing a tree transplantation policy, we are attempting to strike a balance between development and the environment in Delhi. Delhi is the only state where all of the industrial units have been converted to PNG, despite CAQM's orders to all the states. Delhi is the first state to launch a fight against dust by developing its own winter action plan and the first state to spray bio decomposer on stubble. Delhi forbade the use of firecrackers and launched the "Diye Jalao, Patakhe nahi" campaign to raise awareness.”

He added, “In order to comprehend why Delhi's pollution got so worse despite all the efforts, a study was carried out in Delhi between October 24 and November 8 of last year. In this study of CSC, it was found that the contribution of Delhi based internal sources in Delhi's pollution is only 31 percent (in which 51 percent vehicular pollution, 13 percent dust pollution and 12 percent waste burning etc.). While 69 per cent is contributed by sources outside Delhi. Of this 69 per cent, 54.5 percent is contributed by the sources of pollution of the NCR. The Delhi government can only reduce its pollution sources by 31%, yet we are working hard to achieve this. What can we do about the pollution outside of Delhi, though? The BJP-led governments in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and the central government are required to work with us. The majority of the diesel buses and automobiles arriving from Uttar Pradesh are to blame for the rise in AQI levels in Anand Vihar and Vivek Vihar. We are attempting to reduce pollution by taking winter action plan, but neither the Haryana nor the Uttar Pradesh governments are making any such efforts.”

He continued, “For several years now, there have been stubble burning in Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. In Punjab, paddy cultivation is carried out extensively. There are 7 lakh hectares of paddy fields. The rise in pollution during the winter can be attributed to primarily two factors. First of all, there is very little wind at that time, and secondly, the low temperature causes the pollution particles to concentrate. The incidence of stubble burning might have been decreased by at least 50% had the Central Government adopted the Punjab Government's proposal. The BJP government at the Center is against farmers because they had launched a farmers' movement against them. The government of Punjab will give Rs 500 to the farmers and The Delhi government also decided to give financial aid to the farmers but the BJP government at the Center has refused to cooperate. This shows how concerned they are about pollution.”

Shri Gopal Rai appealed to the people of Delhi and said, “I request the people of Delhi that we have to reduce our share of pollution. I request you to do 5 things. First, anywhere construction work is going on, send its photo to Green Delhi App. Use another car and bike pooling. If possible, do the work from home. Fourth, do not burn wood or coal and fifth, the RWA should provide electric heaters to its security guards, so that they are not forced to burn wood or coal to escape the cold.”