Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sanitation supervisors call off strike after EDMC threatens to invoke ESMA

NEW DELHI: The sanitation supervisors of east Delhi Delhi on Tuesday evening called off their indefinite strike called against delayed salaries and lack of regular promotions after East Delhi municipal corporation released two months salary and promised to consider their promotions within a fortnight.

In five days the strike badly hit sanitation services in east Delhi with garbage not lifted from dhalaos or roads regularly leaving the commuters with an experience of obnoxious stink. Though east Delhi is known for poor sanitation services due to dense population, the end of the strike is a reason of hope that the services would slightly improve.

Mukesh Baidya, president of All Municipal Sanitation Supervisors' Union, said the strike was called off after a meeting where senior officials assured that promotions would be given to the deserving staff within a fortnight. In the civic bodies promotions are a rare thing, some of the sanitation staff who are nearing retirement have not been even a single promotion - though their salary scale increase with due course. It leaves the staff demotivated.

"Salaries of two months have been released to all sanitation inspectors and supervisors," said Baidya. Of the three months, now only one month salary is remaining. "We will resume work from Wednesday," he said. Around 300 supervisory level sanitation workers were on strike since Friday.

The EDMC was forced to pay attention to the strike of the supervisors even though sanitation workers, as the officials claimed, remained off the strike because recently Delhi high court rapped EDMC for poor sanitation services. Even after HC rap the situation has not significantly improved.

Even on main thoroughfares garbage can be found dumped by the roadside. No areas in east Delhi can boast of good sanitation services, even close to Vikas Marg garbage heaps were found during the strike. "We hope that the sanitation services would improve in east Delhi since the strike is over," said B S Vohra, president of east Delhi RWAs Joint Front said.

Mayor Neema Bhagat said that the sanitation supervisors were given the same promise on the second day of strike but they unnecessarily dragged the strike for five days. "After we decided to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against them they agreed for discussions," Bhagat said. Since the sanitation staff withdrew the strike EDMC also dropped its plan to invoke ESMA against them, she said.

Invocation of ESMA, legislated by the Parliament of India, can lead to termination of service of the protestors, even FIRs can be lodged against them.

with thanks : Times Of India : LINK

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fight Against The Cancer Drive by AICHLS

The All India Council Of Human Rights Launched Nationwide Campaign For The Fight Against The Cancer On 15th Feb 2017 At Amity University, Noida By Launching Its Poster By  H.E. Mr. Radu Octavian Dobre , Ambassador Of Romania, Ms. Adva Vilchinski, Political Affairs Advisor, Embassy of Israel, Mrs.Tsering Dolma, SOS TCV Youth Hostel, Mr. Jung- Director, International Youth Fellowship , Korea, Mrs. Lee Yang Suk ,Wife of  Mr. Jung and Dr.(Prof.) Balvinder Shukla, Vice Chancellor, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Dr. Anthony Raju , Global Chairman, All India Council of Human Rights, Liberties and Social Justice , Dr June Ann Chairperson ,Women Wing of AICHLS and Amnesty Worldwide Movement and Patron, AYF

ALL INDIA COUNCIL OF HUMAN RIGHTS,LIBERTIES & SOCIAL JUSTICE(AICHLS) is founded by Dr. Anthony Raju - Advocate , Supreme Court of India and a dynamic,dedicated , Internationally known HUMAN RIGHTS , PEACE ACTIVIST & SOCIAL WORKER and is one of India's foremost voices of Human Rights.
All India council of human rights, liberties & social justice Signatory and affiliated to UNITED NATION GLOBAL COMPACT . The world's largest corporate responsibility initiative with nearly 12,000 business and non-business participants in 140 countries.
It has several branches in India and abroad, having Thousands of dedicated volunteers. AICHLS is a social organization for the ignored, disregarded, over-looked, victimized, oppressed, depressed, tortured people of the society and it cultivates awareness in them with regard to their rights. AICHLS is a highly informative secured Human Rights Agency with full Legal status.


ASEAN meet at New Delhi with Keynote address by EAM Sushma Swaraj

Asean India meet and Keynote address by EAM Sushma Swaraj with delegates from USA, Canada, Vietnam, Burma, Laos, Nigeria etc.

Parking charges from residents ?

Respected Vohra  ji
Sir this is with reference to parking charges proposed by MCD. Will the MCD tell the people what facility they have given for Parking. The only Source of money  House Tax is not paid by many people they donot pay and wait for waiver scheme. Every Household has Electric Connection. They can collect data from the Electric Company and check with their record and send notice to all non payers and in this way more revenue will be generated. Stop Waiver Scheme as it encourages the people not to pay. 
with regards 
chander mohan 
east arjun nagar 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Delhi parking policy: Experts back changes but residents question ‘harsh’ steps

Hindustan Times

The draft Parking Policy for Delhi has raised concerns among a section of residents in the Capital even as experts maintain that such “harsh steps” are necessary for public good.

Delhi parking
The draft Parking Policy for Delhi has raised concerns among a section of residents in the Capital even as experts maintain that such “harsh steps” are necessary for public good.
Residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) HT spoke to questioned the policy’s rationale behind charging them for every car parked in residential areas. They collectively demanded that every household must be allowed free parking for at least one car.
“Why to charge for parking a car in front of one’s own house? At least one car must be allowed free of cost as one buys a vehicle for own use after paying a lot of taxes,” said BS Vohra of East Delhi RWAs Joint Front.
Other raised issues over the ‘one-time charge’ that every person has to pay for ‘night parking’ while getting a new vehicle registered. They complained that the MCD promised to augment parking lots with the revenue collected from this charge, but no concrete action .
“We are already being charged a decent amount as one-time parking fee. On top of that, if they want to charge extra as road tax and increase parking fees then the MCD must tell us what it has done so far to improve parking lots,” said Pankaj Aggarwal, general secretary of Delhi RWAs Joint Front.
Calling it a “misnomer”, Bhure Lal chairperson of the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) said that the one-time parking fee is a “meagre amount”. “The fee is Rs 2,000 for a lifetime which is awfully less for a car that not only causes so much traffic but also pollutes the air,” he said.
“The people themselves are the violators and the sufferers. Why do they then convert garages into rooms and shops?” he questioned.
Traders fear if the policy is implemented they would be worst hit. “We were charged a hefty ‘one-time parking fee’ after being told that parking facilities near commercial areas will be developed. Yet people have to park cars on roadsides,” said Sanjay Bhargava, a trader in Chandni Chowk.
However, MCD officials claim that they are constructing parking lots wherever land is available. “It is not true that we have not done anything. Whatever space we got we have developed them for parking like we did near 40 Metro stations,” said an official of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The Parking Policy for Delhi proposes to charge more for daytime parking in residential areas and for peak hours in commercial areas. Besides, to discourage people from buying multiple cars, it says road tax would be increased on an incremental basis for those who buy more than one car.
“Around 2012, the Sheila Dikshit government had announced it would levy parking charges in residential areas. But that never happened. So it has to be seen what happens to this policy,” added Aggarwal.
Vohra suggested that the government must instead restrict the number of vehicles in a manner that one can buy a new vehicle only on surrendering the old one.
with thanks : Hindustan Times : LINK

Friday, June 16, 2017

Parking policy ?

Dear Mr, Vohra ji,

As you are fully aware that the MCD since its trifurcation has become financially unsound and is unable to meet its duties and functions. Poor people like sweepers etc. are not being paid their legitimate salaries etc, but expect them to do their duties diligently. How can you expect the poor people who entirely depend on their wages based on the toil to meet their basic requirements like food, shelter etc. Why the MLAs and Councillors contribute their mite. sacrifice a little of their comforts or forego their luxuries for the time being to mop the resources of the MCD to enable them to pay their salaries! NO, we cannot expect as they are made people's representatives to make speeches and false promises but not to deliver the promises made and meet the requirements of poor people!

There are many ways to mop the resources of the MCD. One of them being the property tax. If the tax is collected on time i.e. by the end of April each year, hold camps for the purpose in all recognized colonies where the RWAs are only too willing to help and interest earned thereon could increase the balance in their coffers. It is learnt that not more than 60% owners are paying the property tax, what is the difficulty in arranging to collect from the rest by making all out efforts to do so! Secondly, I consider that this being the main source of income, apart from others, why not uniformally and periodically increase the rate of tax on a reasonable basis without giving any rebate to the tax payers. With the increase in the cost all round, this little sacrifice has to be done by all of us! This is my personal opinion. There is no harm in charging parking fee of a reasonable amount from the owners of vehicles, which are normally parked in the vacant spaces in front of their residential units by removing all encroachments, including kitchen gardens etc. uniformally without exception, restricting the number of vehicles that could accommodate within their premises, as otherwise they have to pay hefty amount, if they park their cars etc. at other places on a regular basis. This should be considered as an encroachment. A time has come that while approving colonies for residential accommodation, they do have enough parking space which should be depicted in the approved plan, failing which no permssion will be given, like in many other countries e.g. Japan, Singapore etc. We are having an acute shortage of space for the purpose of parking of vehicles. A time has come that we may have to sacrifice even parks, nursery plots etc. earmarked for the purpose to facilitate parking of cars, which are taking place unauthorizedly in many colonies. We have find ways and means which are feasible on an immediate basis to solve the problem, which is mounting up, creating law and order problem in colonies on a daily basis!

Of course morfe innovative suggestions could be made but they should be practical, feasible of adoption on an urgent basis and could be considered for adoption, even if necessary on a nominal payment!

With regards,
TK Balu/Anand Vihar

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Deterrence policy for Delhiites

Deterrence policy for Delhiites : Pay hefty sums for #parking your own #car, in front of your own #home, and with more money in the coffers, they will plan yet another #deterrence for you. 

It can be called deterrence, if it’s applicable to the buyers of new cars only.  How can they call it deterrence, if the existing car holders are made to pay hefty amounts, on the name of #parking ?

Under this policy, those who can afford, will be free to own multiple number of vehicles, with no care for the pollution and congestion, while those who can't afford, will have to suffer.

Don’t you think, that they are just trying to add to their coffers with nothing in mind for the general public.

Don't you think that Govt can do much more, and in a much better way, for the benefit of masses ?

Awaiting your comments. Thanks.

Despite ban, waste burning is the norm in east Delhi : HT