Saturday, March 31, 2012

Vote Delhi Vote : A unique way to promote voting via Internet

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

Do you think, we can really save the earth by switching off lights for one hour ?

Do you think, we can really save the earth by switching off lights for one hour out of the 24 x 365 = 8760 hours ?

When we want to enjoy, we name it as Valentine day, Mother's day, Chocolate day and so on. But when it comes to save the earth, we just change the term, "day" with the term, "hour", as none is willing to bear any pain, none is serious on the issue and therefore, it's just an hour & not even a day as per the trends.

Don't you think that we are fooling ourselves ? Big posters, hoardings, advertisements, competitions and so on, but do you think there is REALLY ANY CHANGE anywhere ? 

We support SAVE THE EARTH movement but it's a fact that on such a grave issue, we must have the constant efforts & not only the symbolic ones.

Please answer if you can.

Best regards

B S Vohra

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tariff hike process to start from April

NEW DELHI: Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission will start from April the procedure of determining the second change in consumer tariff due to fuel cost. With the first 5% hike in power tariff because of fuel price adjustment (FPA) due to expire in April-end, DERC has asked the discoms to submit their audited accounts for power purchased from February to April to decide FPA for the next quarter beginning May 1. 

The first FPA was granted to discoms BSES Rajdhani, BSES Yamuna and BSES Tata Delhi to help them recover costs of power purchase from October to December. This was the first time FPA was granted and now for the second quarter, DERC will once again review the increase in power purchase costs borne by the power companies as per fuel prices in the international market and allow them to recover these costs from consumers on a quarterly basis. 

"We expect discoms to submit their claims by mid-April and the new formula can start from May 1 to July 31," said a DERC official. 

with thanks : TOI : LINK for detailed news.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Vote Delhi Vote !

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Saturday, March 24, 2012


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Delhi - Come Out and Vote

Hi All,

We have decided to change the Venue of our Awareness Campaign .... Delhi - Come Out and Vote as Sec. 144 has been imposed at India Gate and Central Park Cannought Place. Thank god there are no such restrictions (for now) on facebook....... our campaign has taken off in right earnest many interesting posters, cartoons, poems, slogans are being posted.

I am sure you all will be there on Sunday 8.30 am to 12.30 pm, the Artists will be there ..... RWAs can come at 10 am, when we begin Painting the Giant Banner.

Please note the change in Venue ..... Its Purana Quila Zoo Parking Side next to the Lake.


Rajiv Kakria

Friday, March 23, 2012

Clean water is luxury item for the poor

Some 26 per cent Delhi’s slums residents drink contaminated water, says a survey conducted by civil rights group Save the Children ahead of the World Water Day on Thursday.  

A man helps a boy take bath near a leaking pipe. A survey conducted by an NGO has found that 26 per cent of Delhi’s slum dwellers drink contaminated water. AP Photo 

The survey was conducted across 60 slums in the six districts of Delhi by attaining water samples from 2,50,000 residents. Different drinking water outlets, including Delhi Jal Board pipelines, water tankers, submersible pumps and hand pumps, were tested for biological contamination. 

The tests were conducted using a standard water testing technique based on H2S strips which detects bacteria such as salmonella and citrobacter. 

In south Delhi, 39 per cent of tested drinking water samples showed contamination.
Almost 80 per cent in Okhla were found to be contaminated. In Sanjay colony, a 20-year-old slum which is home to at least 3,500 families, showed positive results for biological contamination (human and animal faeces as contaminants). 

In east Delhi, 32 per cent showed contamination, whereas in north and west Delhi, the rate was recorded at 12.3 per cent and 48 per cent in north-west Delhi.Though tests were confined largely to slums, a few water sources were randomly tested in planned localities as well.

with thanks : DECCANHEARALD : Link for detailed news.  

We salute Sd. Bhagat Singh on his Martyrdom day alongwith Rajguru & Sukhdev


Sd. D S Gujral ji - Azad Nagar

with thanks : Hindustan Times

Encroached foorpaths - Kanti nagar

with thanks : Hindustan Times

Official apathy

with thanks : Hindustan Times

Plan to revive water bodies

with thanks : Hindustan Times


Thanks for giving the guidance about the awareness for voting and the role of RWA.

As per earlier guidelines of URJA, we are already aware our residents to make vote and we athrough RWA we are not supporting any candidate. We are only giving the information and making awareness to our residents.

I am attaching a file which is a notice we have publish to aour residents for awareness.If you found anything wrong in this kindly know us to make important changes.

This time we want around 80% of voting from our colony for booth no A0360080.

Regards Amit Kumar OJha 
Gen. Secretary RWA (S-32379)

Govt seeks RWA feedback on draft law

RWAs To Reply To Govt Questionnaire On Special Powers To Ward Committees
Naziya Alvi | TNN 

New Delhi: Residents will now be giving suggestions to the government on the yet-tobe drafted Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act which will soon replace the 1957 municipal Act. The Delhi government will send a questionnaire to 800-odd resident welfare associations (RWAs), seeking their views on ward committees, which is being finalized.

The questionnaire, which will be sent to RWAs within a week, is designed to get people’s feedback on the new concept. RWAs have three weeks to respond to the questionnaire.

The government will shortlist 50-60 replies and is likely to hold a three-day session with RWAs after the municipal elections.

“As RWAs have a stake in the efficient and responsive municipal government of Delhi, the committee desires to elicit their views on the changes needed in the new MCD Act,” the government letter states.

The questionnaire comprises 14 questions. Some of these are: Should ward committees have a separate budget and be assigned a part of the proceeds from taxes and fees collected from their areas? Should seats be reserved for women and Scheduled Caste members? Should all members be elected, or should there be a few nominated members too? If yes, who should be these nominated members? Do they need any special qualifications?

Suggestions will also be sought on how to include the poor living in slums and JJ colonies. “The idea is to find out how the new Act can provide greater decentralization of municipal governance and increased participation of citizens in decision-making. To this end, we are debating how best to form the ward committee and what functions be assigned to it,” said K Dharamrajan, chairman of the expert committee appointed to formulate the Act.

Under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), all states have to establish ward committees. The wards may be divided into subwards depending on the size.

The Delhi government constituted a committee of experts to draft a new law that will replace the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act of 1957. According to Delhi government’s proposal, a ward committee is to be constituted for one or more wards in all municipalities with a population of more than three lakh. These committees will be headed by the councillor and will include RWA members and local officers of civic agencies.

The committees, when constituted, will meet every month to discuss local issues that are to be addressed on priority. The government is also considering the possibility of holding an annual general meeting of all registered voters of the area/sub-ward with the ward committee. Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerela are some of the states that already have such committees.

WITH THANKS : TIMES OF INDIA : LINK for original view of the News.

People’s Action Advisory : URJA

All RWA to take note :

People’s Action Advisory :

There are confusing signals emanating from various groups regarding the role of RWA in the forthcoming Municipal elections and support to candidates. To dispel some myths and offer clarity the following advisory is being issued. RWA are meant to lobby for the rights and requirements of residents and are not supposed to lobby for candidates People’s Action Through its RWA wing URJA clarifies thus:
 • URJA will not offer support to any candidate, either from a political party or of independent status.
 • The stated objectives of RWA are meant to enable residents to vote freely without influence basis their own conscience
 • RWA should strictly not influence any resident to vote one way or the other
 • RWA are meant to assist residents in verifying voters lists and helping and exhorting them to vote freely
 • Residents are requested to vote freely as per their own wish
 • Caution: Please be aware any person campaigning for a candidate will have his expenses added to the campaign expense of the candidate 

Ashutosh Dikshit

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vote Delhi Vote !

"Vote Delhi Vote" - A compaign is to be launched in East Delhi by "East Delhi RWAs Joint Front", for generating awareness on the Fundamental Right of the citizens, to vote. We have a plan to visit the weekly bazars, when they are at peak & talk to the general public to spread awareness. We can also visit the local schools and  talk to the childrens so that in turn, they can ask the parents n relatives n neighbours to vote. 

My slogan is :

“Any party, any candidate,
Think, vote & don’t be late !”
                                                                B S Vohra

We will be having the awareness pamphlets with us for distribution. All the members as well like minded RWAs are requested to revert at the earliest.

Thanks & Regards

B S Vohra
East Delhi RWAs Joint Front

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

वोटरों से बच्चे कहेंगे कम आउट एंड वोट

एमसीडी चुनावों में उन वोटर्स को बाहर लाने के लिए अब बच्चे अलख जगाएंगे, जो वोट देने नहीं जाते। इंडिया गेट से इस अभियान की शुरुआत होगी। बच्चे गाएंगे- ऐ मेरी दिल्ली वालों जरा हाथ में लगा लो स्याही... तुम्हारा वोट है हमारे भविष्य की वाणी... बाहर निकल, वोट करना है तुम्हारी जिम्मेदारी। 'ऐ मेरे वतन के लोगों' गाने की धुन पर इसे तैयार किया गया है। बच्चे आजकल इसकी प्रैक्टिस में जुटे हैं।

 दिल्ली के आरडब्ल्यूए और कुछ एनजीओ मिलकर वोटरों को जागरूक करने का अभियान शुरू करने की तैयारी कर रहे हैं। 25 मार्च को सुबह 8:30 बजे इंडिया गेट पर इसकी शुरूआत होगी। 12:30 बजे तक यहां वोटरों को जागरूक करने के कई कार्यक्रम होंगे। आरडब्ल्यूए प्रतिनिधि और एनजीओ शील्ड की रंजू मिनहास ने बताया कि बच्चे गाने की प्रैक्टिस कर रहे हैं। बच्चों को इस कैंपेन में शामिल करने का मकसद यह था कि सिर्फ मौजूदा वोटरों को ही जागरूक न किया जाए बल्कि फ्यूचर जेनरेशन भी वोट डालने की अहमियत समझे। इससे भविष्य के वोटर भी यह समझ सकेंगे कि वोट डालना कितना जरूरी है। ग्रेटर कैलाश-1 के आरडब्ल्यूए प्रतिनिधि राजीव काकरिया ने कहा कि लोग शिकायत कर देते हैं कि सही उम्मीदवार नहीं है तो वोट क्या डालना। लेकिन जब हम लोग ही वोट डालने नहीं जाएंगे तो सही उम्मीदवार कैसे सामने आएंगे। जब पढ़े लिखे और जागरूक लोग वोट देना शुरू करेंगे और टर्न आउट बढ़ेगा तभी सही उम्मीदवार चुनाव में सामने आएंगे। उन्होंने कहा कि 25 मार्च से शुरुआत के बाद अगले रविवार यानी 1 अप्रैल को कनॉट प्लेस के संेट्रल पार्क में यह अभियान चलेगा। सभी आरडब्ल्यूए से कहा जा रहा है कि वह अपने इलाकों में भी अभियान चलाएं और लोगों से कहें कि कम आउट एंड वोट।

with thanks : NBT : Link for detailed news.

Power Tariff in Haryana ?

There is a news that Power Tariff in Haryana will be increased on 1st April, 2012. But do you know the extent by which, it will be raised ? For the residential areas it is 10 paise per unit & for the commercial sector it is 15 paise per unit.

In comparison with neighbouring state, power tariff in Delhi rose by 22% at the first go and than another 5% and even now the DISCOMs are trying their best for a further mega jump.

RWAs must unite for some Joint activity in this regard.

B S Vohra

29 रुपये खर्च करने वाला गरीब नहीं!

नई दिल्ली।। सरकार की मानें तो देश में गरीबी कम हो रही है। सोमवार को योजना आयोग ने इस संबंध में आंकड़े जारी किए। नए आंकड़ों के मुताबिक, रोजाना 28.65 रुपये खर्च करने वाला व्यक्ति गरीब नहीं है और साल 2009-10 में देश में गरीबी का अनुपात घटकर 29.8 पर्सेंट हो गया।

 आयोग ने विवादास्पद तेंडुलकर कमिटी की प्रणाली पर आधारित अपना ताजा आकलन पेश किया है। इसके मुताबिक, शहरी क्षेत्र में 859.60 रुपये प्रति महीने और ग्रामीण क्षेत्र में 672.80 रुपये प्रति महीने खर्च करने वाला व्यक्ति गरीब नहीं है। योजना आयोग ने इस आकलन में गरीबी रेखा को प्रति व्यक्ति 32 रुपये प्रतिदिन (शहरी क्षेत्र) और 26 रुपये प्रतिदिन (ग्रामीण क्षेत्र) की उस सीमा से भी नीचे रखा है, जिसे आयोग ने पिछले साल पेश किया था। जून 2011 की कीमतों पर आधारित इस आंकड़े के कारण खासा विवाद पैदा हो गया था।

आयोग ने कहा कि 2009-10 में भारत की गरीबी का अनुपात 29.8 फीसदी रहा। 2004-05 में देश में 37.2 फीसदी लोग गरीब थे। सोमवार को जारी रिपोर्ट में कहा गया कि 2004-05 से 2009-10 के बीच शहरी इलाकों के मुकाबले ग्रामीण क्षेत्रों में गरीबी का अनुपात तेजी से घटा है। वित्त वर्ष 2009-10 में देश में गरीबों की कुल संख्या 37.47 करोड़ रही, जो कि 2004-05 में 40.72 करोड़ थी।

with thanks : NBT : link for detailed news.

With Mr Vijay Jolly

Monday, March 19, 2012


Dr.Manmohan Kaur has been residing in Vikaspuri since 1981. After more than three decades of association, Kaur has developed an affinity with the colony. But there are other reasons why she loves the area, like good facilities and a friendly neighbourhood.

The Best thing about this area,according to Man Mohan Kaur,is the ample green space and large parks.

“In the early 1980s the colony was a quite place with very few vehicles on the roads. Gradually the colony got busy and the amenities improved,“ says she.
Man Mohan Kaur is the principal of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College, Dev Nagar, and her husband, BS Katyal, is a doctor who practises in Vikaspuri. She feels that the approach to her colony has improved over the years and the recent government plan of constructing more flyovers on Outer Ring Road will only improve things further.

The best thing about this area, according to Kaur, is the ample green space and huge parks. She loves going for morning or evening walks in these parks. “There are also enough markets where we get everything that we need.
Besides, there are big markets nearby such as Rajouri Garden main market, Janakpuri District Centre and Jwalaheri market,“ says she. Kaur loves the numerous eating out options in and around the colony.

Another plus that she talks about are the good medical facilities. But she surely wants some things to improve. The narrow internal roads are a problem so proper planning is needed. But she avers that a close-knit bond that the people in the area share more than makes up for the issues that they find challenging.

“A friendly outlook that people have here is the most valuable thing about the area. People here are not stiff and obsessed about their privacy, like in south Delhi. They have a fellow feeling and have a good community life."

With thanks :HindustanTimes ePaper,

Vote Delhi Vote !


DELHI - Come Out and Vote

Dear Friends,

Was it the Chicken or the Egg that came first ...... similarly was it the Voter who stopped voting or the Political parties stared fielding the wrong candidates. On introspection it seems, it was the antipathy of the posh colony Voter in not casting the vote that made Parties choose candidates that could woe the gullible voters with money and muscle.

Was it that the Voters of Delhi's plotted colonies increasingly got disillusioned at the choice of candidates of political parties or was it one more off day for a family outing in a stressed out professional world. Its time we the people made a course correction ...... Political parties respect numbers and if we want them to listen to us again then WE MUST FIRST SHOW UP AT THE POLLING BOOTH.

DELHI - Come Out and Vote ....... is the clarion call of the RWAs from all over Delhi to the voters of Delhi .... our voter awareness campaign kicks off on 25th March 10am to 11am at India Gate. Many other Social Groups and NGOs have assured participation.

Flavour of Art Foundation has promised to bring top artists to Paint a Giant 70 feet Banner, also paint on the spot posters to spread the message. They have also prepared songs and street play to encourage the voter to come out and vote. Shield (NGO) will be bringing children with a song on there lips ..... Please vote for our Future. The Delhi Heritage Photography Group and The Delhi Drummers Circle and others will be their to liven up the campaign. These groups will congragate at India Gate from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm.

A decision to kickstart this awareness campaign was taken after several RWA meetings at various places in Delhi.

Warm Regards,

Rajiv Kakria

With Anna ji on AAJTAK. A Dream come true !

Times of India : Report on Ward 229, Krishna nagar, Delhi - 51

with thanks : Times of India, Dated 19th March, 2012. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

What a Budget by Respected Sh Pranav Da !

Yeah ! what a budget by Respected Sh Pranav Da. Income Tax exemption limit rose by just Rs. 20,000 i.e. appx. 10%. Whereas the expectation was that it will reach atleast Rs. 3 lakh plus. On the other hand Power Tariff rose by 22% + 5% and another hike of 20 - 40% is nearby. Whereas the expectation was that it will go down. 

Sone pe Suhaga, Pranav Da raised the Service tax & Excise Duty by 2%. Now enjoy the Price Rise in each & every thing you wanna buy as well each & every service you wanna enjoy. Thanks to Respected Sh Pranav Da. 

Pranav Da said in his speeh, that, " Life of the Finance Minister is not easy". May i ask from him, that, why the life of the citizens is being made, harder & harder, day by day ?  

Please Vote & Vote for a person who has signed the pledge

My Pledge to the voters of my ward :
First Citizen of the Ward 
I am standing as a candidate in the upcoming MCD 2012 elections to be conducted in April, 2012. If elected I will seek to serve you as the first citizen of your ward. I realize that you the voters think of me as your elected representative for matters that I do not control directly. I will try my best to address all issues that are hurting the ward to the best of my ability. 

3-5 MeTRO’s 
Within 100 days of being elected I will build a team of voluntary advisors from all sections of my ward who will serve as my cabinet and together with them we will publish an annual plan with 3-5 MeTRO’s (Measurable Time bound Real Outcomes). We will work on other things as well but I will publish a monthly report by the 7th of following month giving the status of the MeTRO’s at the end of the month. 

Corruption Prevention & Performance Incentives 
Reducing corruption in my ward will be a major priority for me. Just as malaria cannot be eradicated without prevention, corruption cannot be eliminated without prevention. With my advisory team we will publish our corruption reduction and performance incentive plan within 180 days of being elected and I will provide monthly updates on progress. To monitor spending on major projects I will appoint resident monitors who will look at projects from tendering to completion and publish reports on the web for all to see. 

Acting as an Enabler & Involving youth 
I feel all of us in the ward must have bank accounts and be literate. I will work out a plan with banks and educators to make this happen. I also want zero open defecation and malnutrition in my ward. A plan will be prepared in 180 days and you will get monthly progress reports. I will form a youth army within 180 days of being elected to independently measure MeTRO’s and to act as volunteers for social projects. These youth will get social work certificates. 

Under promise over Deliver 
I will not make empty promises like others make that everyone will have a job, house, water, electricity and good roads. You have been hearing these for years. I will work on all these but with very clear specific plans which will be in my MeTRO’s. I am not a magician and I cannot promise you miracles but I will listen and focus on innovation, fast and good execution. 

50% + Thumbs down 
If elected I will be at your service and live up to the trust you have reposed in me. I will not be addicted to my chair. If someone sets up a good robust system to measure the number of voters in my ward who are giving me thumbs down for bad performance and that number exceeds 50% I will resign. 

Pledge Enforcement 
I recognize that many may think that enforcing this pledge may be difficult but I think the youth of the country are powerful enough to find creative ways of enforcing this pledge. 

Lose or Win I will Serve 
My objective is to serve the ward so if the person who wins has signed a similar pledge then I will serve as an advisor if I get 500 or more votes. If I win I will take on as advisors all my opponents who got 500 or more votes. 

Please Vote & Vote for a person who has signed the pledge 
I hope to convince you I am the best and earn your vote. If you do not vote for me please do vote but vote for an opponent who has signed the pledge. 

Signed Date: Witness 1 Witness 2 

By :  Anita Bhargava

DERC Public Notice : must reply

with thanks : Hindustan Times

DERC Public Notice : must reply

with thanks : Hindustan Times