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Kejriwal Kicks CCTV Project Into PM’s Court

[New Delhi]Kejriwal Kicks CCTV Project Into PM’s Court Seeking PM’s Intervention
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in execution of the Delhi government’s CCTV project, Earlier Lt Governor Anil Baijal has constituted a panel to prepare a framework for CCTV Project for Delhi
Kejriwal sought an appointment with Modi and requested him to order Baijal to allow the installation of CCTV cameras, saying that as it was related to women safety there should be no politics over the issue.
Yesterday, the AAP government had declared as “null and void” the L-G appointed committee, saying that it was the government’s job to install CCTV cameras and asked Baijal to prevent rising crimes in the city.
The committee had been formed to “stall” the CCTV project, the chief minister alleged in the letter, claiming that the L-G was doing “politics” over the issue.
Yesterday, Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain had written to Baijal, saying “Under the Constitution, L-G’s job is to do good policing and prevent crime. Kindly concentrate on your job. It is elected government’s job to install cameras. Please allow us to do our job.
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Congress Derailing CCTV Project in Delhi:AAP

[New Delhi] Congress Derailing CCTV Project in Delhi:AAP
The Aam Aadmi Party today alleged a “conspiracy” was being hatched to stall its ambitious CCTV project, a day after Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken claimed the project was marred by corruption.
Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai alleged that Maken was “working on the BJP agenda” and sought to know if the Congress chief was planning to join the saffron party.
Rejecting Maken’s charges that tenders were finalised without the approval of the competent authority, the AAP’s Delhi convener said the Delhi government had not relaxed rules to favour any agency.
He said there were two types of tenders —
Rate Contract Tender and
Project Contract Tender.
The government was installing CCTV cameras through the Rate Contract Tender, under which payment to the agency concerned is made based on the basis of rate-per-unit.
He also sought to know as to how many CCTV cameras were installed by the Sheila Dikshit goverment which helmed Delhi for 15 years.

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Kejriwal Has no Experts for his Ambitious WiFi Project

[New Delhi]Kejriwal Has no Experts for his Ambitious WiFi Project.
Provision of free Wi-Fi across the national capital was one of the key poll promises of the Aam Aadmi Party. However, more than three years after it came to power, the AAP is yet to realise the promise.
In February this year, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the government was working on three-four models for providing free Wi-Fi and would soon take a decision.
Now Public Works Department has expressed inability to implement the scheme of Wi Fi citing a lack of expertise.
Earlier this month, the project-in-charge wrote to the PWD engineer-in-chief in this connection.
A government official said that the Information Technology department of the Delhi government should execute the project as it has the expertise required to implement it.
In the 2018-19 Budget, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia allocated Rs 100 crore to provide free Wi-Fi facility and handed over the project to the PWD from the IT department.

NGT Slams Rs 50K Fine on Delhi Govt:Hookah Bars

[New Delhi] NGT Slams Rs 50K Fine on Delhi Govt for not Submitting Report on Hookah Bars
The National Green Tribunal today pulled up the Delhi government for not furnishing a list of restaurants and bars in the city which permit hookah smoking on their premises and slapped a fine of Rs 50,000 on it.
A bench headed by acting NGT Chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim also directed the AAP government to submit the data within 10 days from today.
The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by Manjinder Singh Sirsa, a BJP MLA from Rajouri Garden, seeking immediate ban on hookah bars in the national capital.
During the hearing, advocate S S Ahluwalia, appearing for the petitioner, told the bench that neither has the government carried out searches nor has it produced the list of restaurants serving hookah as per the December 12, 2017 order of the tribunal.
The bench asked the government counsel as to why it had failed to submit the data. The counsel sought more time to furnish the information but the bench said that it would have to do it in 10 days
The matter has been posted for next hearing on May 18.
Sirsa had contended that that the ambient air quality standards in public places such as restaurants and bars were dangerously higher than the prescribed norms.
Referring to the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places Rules 2008, the plea had said these rules are being openly flouted by various restaurants and hookah bars in Delhi wherein hookah, as a tobacco product, is being permitted to be smoked in open spaces without designating any part of its premises as a smoking area.

PWD Approves Rs 2.46 Cr For Old Delhi’s Congested Roads

[New Delhi]PWD Approves Rs 2.46 Cr For Chandni Chowk’s Congested Roads
The public works department of the Delhi government has approved an estimated cost of around 2.46 crore to execute the project “surface”
” PWD has given approval to the resurfacing of road and improvement of foothpath of Chandni Chowk road from Lal Jain Mandir to Fathepuri Mosque for an estimated cost of Rs 2,46,69,700,”
The road stretch from Lal Jain Mandir to Fatepuri Mosque houses shops which witness large footfall of shoppers.

Baijal Drops Kejriwal’s Proposal For Doorstep Delivery Of Ration

[New Delhi] Baijal Drops Kejriwal’s Proposal For Doorstep Delivery Of Ration Kejriwal Calls Petty Politics
Lt Governor Of Delhi Anil Baijal has rejected the Delhi government’s proposal for doorstep delivery of ration, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reacted on twitter “important” measure had fallen victim to “petty politics”.
Earlier this month, the Delhi Cabinet had approved the proposal for delivering rations in sealed packets at the doorstep to PDS beneficiaries.
The proposal advocates providing doorstep delivery of wheat/flour, rice and sugar for eligible beneficiaries.According to a government official, there are around 72 lakh PDS beneficiaries in the city.Four Lakhs ration cards in April are treated as suspicious , As per Food& Civil Supply Department ,more then 4 Lakh may be duplicate to improper issuance
After the Cabinet’s decision, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had said that attempts were made to put roadblocks in the passage of the scheme, adding that he would request the L-G to consider it keeping in mind the poor residents of Delhi and pass it.

Kejriwal’s Spl Secy “Panda”Transferred to Puducherry

[New Delhi] Kejriwal’s Spl Secy “Panda”Transferred to Puducherry
Prashant Kumar Panda, special secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, has been transferred to Puducherry following an order of the Union Home Ministry.
Since the AAP government was formed, the Delhi government and bureaucracy have been at loggerheads on a range of issues.
In December 2015, DANICS officers went on mass leave for one day when two special home secretaries were suspended by Delhi Home Minister Satyender Jain.
The services department of Delhi government yesterday issued an order relieving the 2007-batch IAS officer with effect from March 19 after getting an approval from Lt Governor Anil Baijal.
Last month, the Home Ministry had issued an order transferring nine IAS officers of Delhi government, including Panda.
The relieving order of the special secretary to the Delhi chief minister came a day after V K Jain, Advisor to Kejriwal, resigned citing personal reasons. Jain had been questioned by Delhi Police in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash.
There are around 70 IAS and 450 Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) officers working with the Delhi government.

Advisor To Arvind Kejriwal Resigns

[New Delhi] Advisor To Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Resigns He is eye witness of Assault on CS Anshu Prakash
V K Jain, has resigned citing personal reasons and family commitments, Yesterday he was questioned by police in connection with the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, .
He was appointed to the post in September last year, days after he had retired as the CEO of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).
Anshu Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP MLAs during a meeting at the chief minister’s residence in the evening of February 19.
As per Delhi Police Jain disclosed that AAP MLAs Prakash Jarwal and Amanatullah Khan surrounded the chief secretary and saw them assaulting him at Kejriwal’s residence.

Police Arrests AAP’s 2 Assaulter MLAs,Court Rejects Police Custody

[NewDelhi] Police Arrests AAP’s 2 Assaulter MLAs,Court Rejects Police Custody
Delhi has court rejected police plea for 2-day custody of AAP MLAs Amantullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal in Chief Secretary assault case.Earlier these two MLAs were arrested Anshu Prakash
Two AAP MLAs have been arrested in connection with the alleged assault on Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence,
AAP MLA Amantullah Khan was arrested today after he appeared at Jamia Nagar police station. Party legislator from Deoli, Prakash Jarwal, who was detained last night, was also arrested,
In his complaint, Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash had alleged that he was sitting on a sofa flanked by Amantullah and another AAP MLA during the Monday night meeting, and without provocation, the two legislators “started hitting and assaulting” him “with blows on head and temple”. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has denied the allegations.
Khan, MLA from Okhla , was accompanied by a large group of supporters as he arrived at the police station at noon. He was later handed over to the Civil Lines police.
The Victim officer claimed he was questioned about the AAP government’s media publicity during the meeting, while the AAP functionaries say he was called to discuss complaints on ration distribution.
The chief secretary in his complaint alleged that the assault was “premeditated” and a “conspiracy” of all those present.

AAP’s 4 More Disqualified MLAs Knocks HC’s Doors

[New Delhi]4 More AAP MLAs Knocks Door Of HC Against Their Disqualification
Four more AAP MLAs today moved the Delhi High Court against their disqualification as Delhi Assembly legislators for holding offices of profit.
Their pleas came up for hearing before a bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar which issued notice to the Election Commission (EC) seeking its response on the MLAs’ petitions.
The bench said the pleas of Naresh Yadav, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha and Rajesh Gupta would be now heard along with the other eight AAP MLAs, which is scheduled for hearing today itself.
The EC in its response filed last week told the high court that the pleas were not maintainable and were liable to be dismissed.
It said the AAP MLAs have challenged the EC’s recommendation, which is non-existent once President Ram Nath Kovind has taken a decision on it.
The eight MLAs, in their response to the EC affidavit, said the poll panel was acting like a private litigant and not behaving as a quasi-judicial authority.
Initially, the petitions were filed by eight AAP MLAs — Alka Lamba, Kailash Gahlot, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal, Sarita Singh, Rajesh Rishi, Som Dutt and Nitin Tyagi.
The high court had on January 24 refused to stay the Centre’s notification disqualifying the MLAs but restrained the EC from taking any “precipitate measures” such as announcing dates for by-polls.
On January 30, the court extended till today the interim order restraining the EC from issuing any notification announcing by-elections to fill the vacancies of the 20 assembly seats whose legislators had been disqualified.
The high court had on January 29 transferred the appeal of AAP MLAs against their disqualifications by the president on the recommendations of the EC to the division bench.
The EC had recommended the disqualifications of 20 AAP MLAs on January 19. The president approved their disqualifications.
The 20 disqualified MLAs include Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh) — who is also a minister — Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura).
The others are Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Sharad Kumar (Narela), Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar), Sukhbir Singh (Mundka), Vijendar Garg (Rajinder Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar).