Central Executive Committee meeting of BSNLEU will be held at New Delhi from 18th to 20th July 2016. The CEC will review the verification results as also the major issues to be pursued and settled. The revival of BSNL will be an important aganda as usual.
The second phase of the odd-even scheme of traffic will start from 15th April 2016 for 15 days in Delhi. This was announced by Delhi AAP government. It is also stated such programme will be arranged for 15 days in every month.
It is expected that both pollution and traffic will be reduced due this programme. Delhi has to ensure that pollution is reduced for which small sacrifices have to be accepted by all.
The odd/even car policy in Delhi seems to be working. While moving in the city today, I could see that most of the cars running are mostly of odd numbers only. It is reported that the pollution has come down also to a small extend.
The Delhi people has supported the scheme. That itself is a great thing.
Delhi is the most polluted city in the world. It has got 24 times pollution more than normal. People are suffering from many ailments due to the pollution.
Delhi Government has started some action to reduce the pollution level. It is bringing an odd-even number system, according to which cars with odd and even numbers are allowed to ply only on odd and even days respectively with effect from 1st January 2015 on experimental basis. The Green Tribunal has directed the government not to give registration to diesel cars and not to allow diesel cars which have completed 10 years. The schools are closed for 15 days from 1st January 2015.
To what extent these will reduce pollution is yet to be seen. Much more is required to reduce the pollution in the capital city.
It is reported in the Economic Times today that the old age and other welfare pensions in the three Municipal Corporations of Delhi has not bee paid for the last one year due to crunch of funds. All these Corporations are run by the BJP. How the poor old aged people can manage their day to day lives without getting the pension? This is most cruel.
The Central and Delhi state governments should immediately ensure that the pensions are paid, if necessary by allotting sufficient funds to the corporations to pay the pension with arrears.
Central Minister Mahesh Sharma expressed concern yesterday, 9th December 2015, while inaugurating the National Museum’s art gallery at Udyog Bhawan, that the message going that Delhi is a polluted city will have negative impact on the tourism in the country. Crores of tourists are coming to Delhi every year and the tag of pollution to the city will certainly adversely affect the incoming tourists.
Central and state governments have to jointly make all out efforts to reduce pollution in the capital city, which is not only threatening tourism, but also the health of the population in the city. The people also have to share the responsibility.
To reduce road congestion and pollution, the Delhi Government had observed two car-free days in certain stretch of roads in the past two months. It was well appreciated by the people.
Now Chief Minister Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, has stated that observation of Car Free Day will be done on 22nd January 2016 on all stretches of Delhi roads. He called upon the owners of private vehicles to co-operate with the programme. The decision will be welcomed by most of the Delhi people. Delhi, being one of the most polluted city in the world, such programmes are very much necessary.
it is reported tat the Delhi Government has increased the financial benefits of the construction workers, mostly migrant workers. The increase is in Assistance for education, marriage of daughters, maternity benefit, pension benefit, advance for purchase of house, loans, medical assistance etc. Most of these benefits has doubled or more.For example Maternity Benefit is increased from Rs.10,000 to Rs. 30,000; Marriage of daughters from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 51,000; Death benefit from Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 etc. etc.
There are crores of construction workers in Delhi, migrant or other wise. The Delhi government has to ensure that not only announcement is made, but it is faithfully implemented.
The Delhi Government has declared 22nd October 2015 as ‘Car Free Day’ in Delhi. One main road in the capital will be free from cars on that day. Only Public transports will be available. The day is being observed as part of reducing the congestion and pollution in the city. A similar experiment done in Gurgaon a few weeks back was a great success and supported by the people.
Such ‘Car Free Days’ can be organised in other cities also.
Orders have been issued revising the Minimum Wages by the Government of Delhi with immediate effect. The following are revised rates:
Unskilled Worker: Rs. 9,174+ Rs. 390 (DA) from the earlier Rs. 9,048 + Rs. 126 (DA) Semiskilled : Rs. 10,136 + Rs.429 from the earlier Rs. 10,010+ Rs.126 (DA) Skilled: Rs. 11,154 + Rs. 467(DA) from the earlier Rs. 10,998 + Rs. 156(DA)
We congratulate the Delhi Government for increasing the wages. It was very much overdue.