New Delhi, Mar 3, 2013: After taking over the maintenance of all important roads from the BJP-led municipal corporations in the city, the Sheila Dikshit government has made further inroads into the jurisdiction of the civic bodies.
The city government has decided to transfer the maintenance of 214 toilet blocks, situated in several JJ clusters across the city, to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), which falls under the direct control of the Delhi government.
The decision was taken at a coordination meeting chaired by the director of local bodies on Feb
New Delhi, Feb 26, 2013: Delhi has become the first state in the country to ban manual scavenging, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said today. The Chief Minister made the announcement while addressing a function organised by Delhi Commission for Safai Karamcharis.
"Henceforth, no Safai worker would be allowed for manual sewer cleaning," she said. Last month, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Centre for failing to enact a law banning manual scavenging.
New Delhi, Feb 19, 2013: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (M/MoHUPA), Government of India has organized a two day International conference on “Inclusive Urban Planning” on 18-19th February 2013 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
The International Workshop on “Inclusive Urban Planning” was inaugurated by Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India.
New Delhi, Feb 19, 2013: The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (Government of India), in partnership with the Department for International Development, UK, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Human Settlement Management Institute and the Support to National Policies for Urban Poverty Reduction project, held an International Conference on Inclusive Urban Planning in New Delhi on 18-19 February, 2013.
New Delhi, Feb 5, 2013: With gas emissions during manual sewer cleaning recognized as a cause of death that has claimed the lives of many a sanitation worker over the years, Delhi government has finally taken the first step towards imposing a ban on the dangerous task of manually cleaning sewers. While the government notification issued earlier this month stops short of a blanket ban, it asserts that manual cleaning may be allowed only in "certain extenuating circumstances".
Jan 2013: With the changing face of Delhi, delivery of essential services like drinking water and sanitation to the people living in slums ought to be a policy priority for the government. However, public spending in the Eleventh Plan (2007-12) for slums seems to have been unresponsive and inadequate, leading to poor utility services governance.
New Delhi, Jan 22, 2013: When the news is bad or doesn’t fit a pre-determined agenda, it can be rest assured that the powers that be will either bury the message or shoot the messenger.So when an NGO submits a report on how abysmally Delhi has fared in its implementation of the Right to Education Act, it is dismissed as an anti-government ploy.But an independent study being conducted by students from Delhi’s top colleges – not as part of their academic curriculum but as an exercise to see first-hand how far the government has delivered on its promise to ensure quality educa
New Delhi, Jan 7, 2013: Having failed to check littering and smoking on its premises, the Railways has decided to get tougher with offenders.
The Delhi division of the Northern Railways has penalised more than 7,500 people for smoking on trains and station premises last year. More than Rs. 15 lakh was realised from offenders. “Many passengers do not object to smoking. They often don't help officials in nailing smokers,” lamented the Delhi's divisional railway manager (DRM) Anurag Sachan.
New Delhi, Nov. 29, 2012: The Delhi government is set to propose an additional 15% reservation for children from poor families in most private schools in the city. According to the proposal, which will be presented before the high court once it's cleared by the chief minister, the quota will be applicable to admissions made from class II to XII.
New Delhi, Nov. 28, 2012: Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr M M Pallam Raju says awareness generation on sanitation and hygiene issues among school children, teachers and parents can help create behavioral change within the society. Dr Pallam Raju was speaking at the launch of the WAVES OF CHANGE programme and conferment of the First National School Sanitation Awards in New Delhi today.